Doedicurus is an extinct armored plant-eating armadillo. Its heavy bony armor and spiked tail club helped protect it from sabre-toothed predators and other hunters. It was part of the South American Pleistocene megafauna 1.8 million to 11,000 thousand years ago.
- History: Doedicurus was first described by Richard Owen in 1847 based on part of a tail. Owen originally gave it the name Glyptodon clavicaudatus, the species name meaning ‘club-tailed’. However, nearly three decades later in 1874, Burmeister reclassified the species and gave it a new genus, Doedicurus.
- Scientific Name: Doedicurus clavicaudatus
- Characteristics: Doedicurus was built like a small tank with a spectacular domed ‘shell’. It also had a distinctive tail with an armored ‘tube’, and a dangerous spiked club on the end. It waddled around on four short legs with powerful blunt claws. All of these features (without the danger) are present in our accurately detailed Doedicurus toy. Its relatively small skull was short and deep with a blunt face. At 13 feet long it was the largest of its kind.
- Size: This Doedicurus toy model is 4.25 inches long and 1.75 inches high.
- The Doedicurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection.
- All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.