An Armadillo As Big As A Car

Species of Glyptodonts originated in South America during the Pleistocene epoch, and eventually migrated to Central and North America. They could grow to the size of a small car, and some had tails that ended in a mace-like knob of spikes. Their extinction occurred around the same time as the arrival of humans in the Americas. Evidence suggests that hunters ate the meat from their Glyptodont kills, and used the remaining shells as shelters.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Megatherium was a prehistoric elephant-sized ground sloth. 01:23

  2. Predatory "terror birds" were taller than ostriches and weighed about half a ton. 03:46

  3. Nuralagus rex was an ancient rabbit that weighed more than 23 kilograms. 06:43

Written by Curiosity Staff July 1, 2015