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giant armadillo


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  • noun The largest living species of armadillo, Priodontes maximus

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  • noun about three feet long exclusive of tail


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  • The avocado tree (Persea americana) is known only as a cultivated species. Sometime in the thousands of years since domestication, its wild ancestor disappeared from the forests of Central America. One theory suggests that many large-fruited neo-tropical trees faded away following the loss of their seed dispersers: giant armadillos, glyptodonts, mammoths, gomphotheres, and other extinct megafauna (Janzen and Martin 1982). With its massive seed, the wild avocado would certainly have required the services of a large-bodied animal to move it around.

    Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History (New York: Basic Books, 2015), endnote accompanying ch. 1, p. 10.

    January 30, 2016