VIDEO Scientists confirm armadillos” giant ancestor


Doedicurus - illustrated here alongside modern armadillos

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Scientists confirm armadillos” giant ancestor

24 February 2016 Last updated at 08:43 GMT

Prehistoric giant dome-shelled creatures have been linked to modern armadillos found in South America.

Scientists say DNA analysis revealed that what were thought to be distant cousins should in fact be considered a subfamily.

The glyptodonts roamed South America for millions of years until the last Ice Age. Some grew as big as cars and would have dwarfed even the largest armadillo alive today.

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