|“||Doedicurus are not only well armored, they are huge. These are ancient relatives of the armadillo, yet they weigh almost three hundred times as much!||„|
|— Allen, about Doedicurus|
Doedicurus (name meaning "Pestle Tail") is a genus of glyptodont that originated during the Pleistocene in what is now South America. Measuring nearly 5 meters long and weighing 1 ton, Doedicurus was the largest armored Glyptodont mammal of all time.
In the episode "Saving the Sabre-Tooth", a small group of Doedicurus was brought back to the park from South America about 1 million years ago.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Doedicurus lived in South America during the Late Pleistocene period over 1 million years ago. It shared its environment with Phorusrhacos, Smilodon, Toxodon, Megatherium, and Macrauchenia. Doedicurus was first discovered by Richard Owen in 1847.
Well-armored and huge creatures measuring 13–16 feet (4–5 m) long and weighing 1–2 tons (2,000–4,000 lbs.), Doedicurus was an ancient, spiky–tailed relative of armadillos, except they were the size of a car and weighed almost 300 times as much. Their spiked tail clubs alone weighed 40 kilos – as much as a cannonball.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Doedicurus was a solitary animal most of the time. However, males would fight over a mate. Although their spiked-tails were fearsome defensive weapons, Doedicurus males mostly used their tails on each other to batter rivals into submission during hormone–fuelled jousts for a mate. Additionally, the females cared for their young.
- The sound effects of Doedicurus are that of wild pigs, walrus, as well as normal armadillos.
- Doedicurus is the largest and the only prehistoric armadillo to be brought to the park.