Let me introduce the armadillo's bad-tempered older brother!
Our small plastic doedicurus toy is nice for any fan of Ice Age animals. The fine details may make it look bigger in the photo than it really is, but this miniature extinct giant armadillo replica is just the right size for your prehistoric life or Ice Age shoebox diorama. Our doedicurus model will fit in a shoe box along with other examples of extinct animals from the Earth's past. Add a few rocks, plants, grass, make a river or stream from anything that strikes your imagination, and there you go - a scene of life on our planet as it might have been many thousands of years ago. Our plastic toy Pleistocene mammal is painted to look the way paleontologists imagine the animal looked in real life, although of course nobody really knows. That's part of the fun and mystery you can imagine Doedicurus any way you like! It is made of solid plastic and is quite durable. The name "Doedicurus" is molded onto the bottom of the animal. Be sure to take a look at our other prehistoric figurines.
With a height of almost five feet and weighing in at over 2300 kg, the Doedicurus (Doedicurus clavicaudatus) was the largest known species of glyptodonid, or large armored ancestors of modern armadillos. Doedicurus is one of the better-known species of animal from the last glacial period. Doedicurus lived about 11,000 years ago in North and South America.
Aside from its impressive armor, the most distinctive feature of Doedicurus is the large, mace-like knob of spiked bone at the end of its fully-armored tail. Scientists have speculated that, while an effective defense against contemporary predators, the tail was probably used mostly in competitive combat with other doedicurus. This stems from fossils bearing impact damage in their armor plates indicative of the animal’s tail-club.
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