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Anyone know exactly where Glytodons lived??? I'm doing a science project on them.
- According to McKenna and Bell (1997), the genus itself was restricted to South America. The family was also found in North America. The geographic description in the article is actually in reference to the family or subfamily (Glyptotherium was found in North America). --Aranae 01:45, 25 October 2005 (UTC)
Charles Darwin & Glyptodon
Charles Darwin discovered a fossil of some species of Glyptodon in South America in the 1830s. Was he the first naturalist to find such a beast? It seems likely that locals had been finding fossils of them before but disregarded them.
MrG -- 4 Nov 06
That could be true, as is with the case of the chinese and european dragon, as well as the Australian Bunyip. But debate is still going and a search of text and any other material related to that timeframe is advised. Enlil Ninlil 02:09, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
Classification Conflict - Compare Armadillo Article
"Glyptodons are part of the placental group of mammals known as Xenarthra. This order of mammals includes anteaters, tree sloths, extinct ground sloths, and armadillos."
"Dasypodidae is the only surviving family in the order Cingulata. Until as recently as 1995, the family was placed in the order Xenarthra, along with the anteaters and sloths. There are several species of Armadillo, some of which are distinguished by the number of bands on their armor."
The chart in the Armadillo article lists Glyptodons as "Order Cingulata, Family Glyptodontidae (extinct)". —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 05:43, 25 December 2006 (UTC).
This article is presently a badly-sourced mix of information regarding the genus Glyptodon (where's the species list?) and the family Glyptodontidae. Apparently someone thought that there was only one genus in the family; I have corrected this on the Armadillo page. Dysmorodrepanis 10:54, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
- This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject - I thought all Wikipedia editors were equal, just that some quoted reliable sources and others didn't.... All hail wikipedia. [Ooops Wiki-is-truth (talk) 15:23, 12 December 2007 (UTC)]
"Predators of the Glyptodon could have included the sabre-toothed cat, although this predator would likely have struggled to turn the 1 to 2-ton animal over to reach its unprotected belly." I find this extremely dubious because cats generally (both extant and extinct) dont seem to target prey unless it is considerably smaller or more managable than themselves. As oppourtunists cats will usually only target a creature if they are sure they have a good chance of sucess with little prospect of harming themselves. Glyptodon is an incredibly large armoured creature though and those bones on its tail and head appear to be defensive. I seriously doubt if even a desperate, starving sabre tooth would ever have seriously considered taking on such a large mammal so far out of its weight class, especially given the cats inability to obtain much or any of the meat a dead glyptodon had to offer. Move for removal of the comments, as I expect most would agree the biggest threat to a glyptodon was probably other glyptodon. WikipedianProlific(Talk) 12:50, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
- Glyptodon was probably a difficult target, but the articles on the sabre-toothed cats indicate that they were adapted specifically for preying on megafauna, and are therefore an exception to the general rules on relative prey size. --126.96.36.199 (talk) 14:22, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
- The unsigned user, above, makes a compelling point, but I have to back up WikipedianProlific on this one. Unless there is specific evidence for or against the notion that sabre-toothed cats preyed on the Glyptodon, then anything we say about this relationship is speculation. I notice that the statement in question has already been removed. I think we should leave it that way unless someone can come up with a source to support the notion of a predator/prey realtionship. —Preceding unsigned comment added by CKA3KA (talk • contribs) 00:28, 7 May 2008 (UTC) (Oops! Forgot to sign.) —CKA3KA (Skazka) (talk) 00:31, 7 May 2008 (UTC)