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Giant armadillos?! Say what? What you are looking at is a Glyptodon, and these armored beasts were about the size and weight of a Volkswagon Beetle! This relative of the armadillo lived during the Pleistocene Epoch and originated around Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina, moving as far north as Guatemala during the Great American Interchange. Different species of glyptodont have different patterns on their shells, which are made up of more than 1,000 bony plates that are about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) thick. Even though theyโ€™re a lot like turtles, evolution gave them the short end of the stick by making them unable to retract themselves for protection. Instead, theyโ€™ve got a helmet made of bone that sits on top of their heads.: Desith Giant armadillos?! Say what? What you are looking at is a Glyptodon, and these armored beasts were about the size and weight of a Volkswagon Beetle! This relative of the armadillo lived during the Pleistocene Epoch and originated around Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina, moving as far north as Guatemala during the Great American Interchange. Different species of glyptodont have different patterns on their shells, which are made up of more than 1,000 bony plates that are about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) thick. Even though theyโ€™re a lot like turtles, evolution gave them the short end of the stick by making them unable to retract themselves for protection. Instead, theyโ€™ve got a helmet made of bone that sits on top of their heads.

Giant armadillos?! Say what? What you are looking at is a Glyptodon, and these armored beasts were about the size and weight of a Volkswa...

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