Paleontologists have long suspected that glyptodonts
(illustrated above) are related to modern armored mammals.
Comparative material included glyptodont
material housed at the following Mexican collections: Coleccion de Macromamiferos, Museo de Paleontologia, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo, specimens UAHMP-428, UAHMP-429, UAHMP-431, UAHMP-426, UAHMP-427, UAHMP-430, UAHMP-960, UAHMP-967, UAHMP-358, UAHMP-919A, UAHMP-919B, UAHMP-919D, and UAHMP-919E; Museo de Paleontologia Maria del Carmen Perrilliat M.
Carved teeth and strange jaws: How glyptodonts
and pampathere xenarthrans have been described (Mead et al.
The 5-foot-tall, almost 1ton glyptodont
looks like a rat covered in armor.
Assigning an Irvingtonian age to the locality is based mainly on the presence of the glyptodont
Glyptotherium arizonae and the camel Hemiauchenia cf.
arizonae and the dwarf glyptodont
Washington, August 12 ( ANI ): A new study has revealed that Earth is still recovering from the loss of giant sloths and armadillo-like glyptodonts
and others massive beasts of the last ice age, 12,000 years ago.
Members of the Xenarthra (Order Cingulata: armadillos, glyptodonts
, pampatheres; Order Pilosa: anteaters, sloths), have long been regarded as noteworthy among mammalian species for the uniqueness of their dentition, both in structure and dental formula.
Within a couple thousand years, North America had lost all its mammoths, mastodons, giant ground-cloths, tapirs, camels, llamas, glyptodonts
, giant beavers and other large species.
2006); armadillos, pampatheres, glyptodonts
(Rincon et al.
Additionally, the glyptodonts
were armadillo-like animals that measured up to sixteen feet long and carried hard, turtle-like shells on their backs, the only mammals so protected.