Prehistoric Armadillo The Size Of A Car

Samuel Reason | December 9th, 2018

When it comes to prehistoric times it really is as if every animal was bigger than its modern counterpart. Mammoths were bigger than elephants and sloths were even taller than elephants! Some researchers have even found alligators and crocodiles that grew to the size of a city bus. And this holds true for the armadillo also, where the prehistoric armadillo was the size of a car.

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This prehistoric creature was a giant the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, called the glyptodon. This giant armadillo was first seen in 1823 when an Uruguayan naturalist unearthed a huge eight inches thick and seven-pound femur bone. He was in shock as it was nothing he had ever seen before, the discovery was the start of multiple large bone fragments. Experts first believed it was a from a large ground sloth but as more plates turned up they realized it was a giant armadillo.

At first, everyone was arguing what this new discovery should be called and they were a notable conversation about the scientific names, these debates were before scientists realized it was the same animal as modern-day armadillos.

The glyptodon would grow up to 10 feet in length and would have weighed roughly a ton. Living on Earth over eleven thousand years ago. This means that humans and the giant glyptodon actually existed together, but they would have lived quite peacefully together as the glyptodon was a herbivore. These giant animals would have mostly eaten plants that were native to North and South America.

And its size was not the only thing that made it stand out, the tail had a bony club on it that sometimes even featured spikes. The creature would thrash it about for deadly results. Especially when protecting their young, get too close and you would have been quickly clubbed to death.

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