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Glyptodonts are related to anteaters, sloths (including Megatherium), and armadillos. Like many of their relatives, they had no incisor or canine teeth, although they were equipped with powerful cheek teeth and muscles which would have been suitable for grinding up tough vegetation.
The distinctive feature of Glyptodonts is their armor. The tortoise-like shell is made from bone segments, which each species of Glyptodont having their own particular design of shell and segments. Even the tail of the animal was armored, and some species also had a mace-like projection on their tail, which they could use as a club for self-defense. The largest genus of the family, Glyptodon, was about the same size, weight, and general shape as a Volkswagen Beetle car.
Glyptodonts were South American armored herbivores (plant-eating) mammals that lived between 7 million and 10,000 years ago
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