Doedicurus

Doedicurus

  • South America
  • Doedicurus clavicaudatus

Doedicurus is an extinct mammal species and belongs to the family of Glyptodontidae. The genus Doedicurus brought with a maximum length of about 3.6 m produced the largest known Glyptodontiden and contributed to the defense not only an armor, but also a bony club at the tail end (like Ankylosaurus ). The tail consisted of the strongly solidified, club-shaped tail and 6 mobile rings. Scars on the tail suggest that it was armed with spines. It is also possible that there were horny bubbles as they ( another genus of the Glyptodontidae ) are of Panochtus known, which also had a tail club. The teeth and the carapace are strongly reminiscent Panochtus and former differ significantly from those of the Glyptodon. Doedicurus lived in the Pleistocene of South America and died out only about 11,000 years ago. It was a contemporary of the first South American natives. Like the other members of the Glyptodontiden it probably fed by grass.

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