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Glyptotherium Floridanum or Glyptodon Clavipes is an extinct genus of glyptodont, a group of extinct mammals related to the armadillos living from the Middle to Late Pleistocene, approximately 1.8 million to 12,000 years ago.
The genus is considered an example of North American megafauna, of which most have become extinct. Glyptotherium Floridanum may have been wiped out by changing climate or human interference.
Like its living relative, the armadillo, Glyptotherium Floridanum had a shell which covered its entire body, similar to a turtle. However, unlike the carapace of a turtle, the Glyptotherium shell was made up of hundreds of small hexagonal scales. Some species grew up to 6 feet long and its armor may have weighed up to a ton.
Remains of Glyptotherium Floridanum or Glyptodon Clavipes species have been found in tropical and subtropical regions of Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, and the southern United States; from Florida and South Carolina to Arizona. There is no direct evidence of humans preying on the Glyptotherium Floridanum.
Smilodon may have occasionally preyed upon Glyptotherium Floridanum, based on a skull from one Glyptotherium Floridanum fossil recovered from Pleistocene deposits in Arizona bearing the distinctive elliptical puncture marks that best match those of the machairodont cat, indicating that the predator successfully risked biting into bone to kill the armored herbivore, the only option for a predator intent on hunting such heavily armored animals.
The Glyptotherium Floridanum or Glyptodon Clavipes in question was a juvenile, with a still-developing head shield, making it far more vulnerable to the cat’s attack. Glyptotherium Floridanum was named by Osborn in 1903.
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