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., Instituto de Geologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, specimens IGM 5955 and osteoderms with locality numbers 2436 and 2568; and the Coleccion de Referencia, Museo de Paleontologia de Guadalajara, "Federico A.
Carved teeth and strange jaws: How glyptodonts
At different points in the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to touch specimens--such as the reproduction of a giant glyptodont
skeleton (a prehistoric armored mammal)--and observe other items, such as samples of petrified wood, using a simple hand lens, just as Darwin did in developing and testing his theories.
Mead, in litt.) and glyptodont
and pampathere xenarthrans have been described (Mead et al., 2007).
The 5-foot-tall, almost 1ton glyptodont
looks like a rat covered in armor.
And the recent fossils of South America, including monster ground sloths and giant armadillo-like glyptodonts
, were obviously more closely related to the modern biota of South America than to those of other continents.
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.