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.
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. Its relatively small skull was short and deep with a blunt face. At 13 feet long it was the largest of its kind.
Size and Color: This model is 4.25 inches long and 1.75 inches high. It is a dusty beige color with a striking metallic sheen on its armor.
The Doedicurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection.