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Doedicurus
Temporal range: Pleistocene - Holocene
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A restoration of Doedicurus clavicaudatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Xenarthra
Order: Cingulata
Family: Glyptodontidae
Genus: Doedicurus
Burmeister, 1874
Species: D, clavicaudatus
Owen, 1847
Binomial name
Doedicurus clavicaudatus
Owen, 1847

Doedicurus is a Xenarthran Glyptodont from Pleistocene South America. As strange as it may look, it is a relative of the armadillo. It was very unusual because South America was isolated for so long that the mammals there took forms independent of any other continent. It shared its home with the Smilodon, Megatherium, Toxodon, Phorusrhacos, and Macrauchenia. It is the largest known Glyptodont.

Description

Doedicurus clavicaudatus inhabited woodlands and grasslands and was herbivorous. With a height of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and an overall length of around 4 meters (13 feet), it could reach a mass of approximately 1,910 to 2,370 kilograms (1.91 to 2.37 tons).

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