Doedicurus fossil, 19th century

Doedicurus fossil, 19th century

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Caption: Doedicurus fossil. 19th-century artwork of a fossil specimen of Doedicurus clavicaudatus in the museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Doedicurus clavicaudatus was the largest known glyptodontid, an extinct family of heavily-armoured herbivores related to modern armadillos. It had a large spiked tail and reached weights of as much as 2.3 tons. It was found in what is now South America from around 780,000 years ago to 11,000 years ago. Artwork from the 15th volume (first period of 1895) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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