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Glyptodont Skeleton

Glyptodont Skeleton

Skeleton of a glyptodont on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. During the late Pliocene these fortress-like mammals moved north across the Central American Land Bridge to populate the southern half of North America. Massive vertebrae, sometimes fused, and stumped-like feet were needed to support the heavy armor: a solid carapace formed by thick polygonal plates of bone (scutes) in a mosaic pattern, a thick head shield or casque, and a tail sheath of overlapping rings.
Galleries: Extinct Mammals, Skeletons, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Keywords: district of columbia, extinct, glyptodont, mammal, museum of natural history, national museum of natural history, natural history, pliocene, skeleton, smithsonian, washington dc
Photo Location: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
Photographer: Chad Cullen
Date of Photo: 06/26/2009
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure Time: 1/320
F Number: 28/10
Original Dimensions: 2912×4368
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'27.64"N 77°1'33.45"W
Picture Number: 8125