Beautiful armadillo Dasypus bellus
The extinct beautiful armadillo was a larger cousin of the modern nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), which is still found throughout the southeastern U.S. Several researchers question whether the two animals really represent different species or are simply variations of the same species (e.g., Schubert and Graham 2000), a question that is currently being addressed through ongoing DNA research (Letts and Shapiro 2010).
Xenarthra (Sloths and Armadillos)
Length: 1.2 m (4 ft); McDonald 2005
Weight: 15-20 kg (33-44 lb); McDonald 2005