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2.2" Glyptodon Fossil Osteoderm Scute Plate Bony Armor Pliocene Age Uruguay COA

23,95

Location: Uruguay

Weight: 0.7 Ounces 

Dimension: 2.2 Inches Long, 1.8 Inches Wide, 0.8 Inches Thick

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Glyptodon, a genus of extinct giant mammals related to modern armadillos and found as fossils in deposits in North and South America dating from the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs (5.3 million to 11,700 years ago). Glyptodon and its close relatives, the glyptodonts, were encased from head to tail in thick, protective armor resembling in shape the shell of a turtle but composed of bony plates much like the covering of an armadillo. The body shell alone was as long as 1.5 meters (5 feet). The tail, also clad in armor, could serve as a lethal club; indeed, in some relatives of Glyptodon, the tip of the tail was a knob of bone that was sometimes spiked. Glyptodonts ate almost anything—plants, carrion, or insects.

If you look closely at Glyptodon pictures, then you might mistake this animal for some kind of science experiment that combined a turtle, a beaver, and an armadillo. However, this megafauna mammal was neither related to a turtle or a beaver. It is a distant relative of the armadillo though.

One of the most interesting facts about Glyptodon is that it was about the same size and weight of a Volkswagen Beetle car. Yes, it was approximately 10 feet long and weighed around a ton. This funny looking mammal had short legs and a huge armored dome on its back. That would have made it almost impossible for predators to eat. Unless, of course, the predator was able to flip this mammal over. If it did that, then it most likely would have been able to eat it through its soft underbelly.

Glyptodon went extinct on the precipice of the last Ice Age – or about 10,000 years ago. Paleontologists believe that climate change wasn’t the only event responsible for this animal’s demise, however. They also believe that this animal was hunted into extinction. Not only would the meat and fur of this animal be highly prized by early South American settlers, but some evidence also points to the fact that they used this animal’s shells as a way to shelter themselves from the cold.




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