I might need to actually track down this paper, looks kewl.
The embryos of a sloth, armadillo, and pangolin, by On the structure and development of the skull in the mammalia (1874) by William Kitchen Parker via Prosopopea
Screaming Hairy Armadillo (Chaetophractus vellerosus)
… a species of armadillo also known as the Crying Armadillo or the Small Hairy Armadillo. It is a burrowing armadillo found in the central and southern parts of South America. The adjective “screaming” derives from its habit of squealing when handled or threatened. This is one of the smallest and slenderest of the genus Chaetophractus but has longer ears than others in its genus. The male armadillo has a length ranging from 328 to 400 mm (12.9 to 16 in).
The armadillo is nocturnal by summer and diurnal in winter. It can subsist for long periods without water. The armadillo burrows, often at the base of bushes and shrubs. It has multiple burrows in its range and each burrow may have more than one entrance. It is found in arid areas from low to high altitudes. The armadillo is omnivorous; its diet consists of insects, vertebrates and plant material…
(read more: Wikipedia) (photo: Arnaud Boucher)
Obligate xenarthran reblog.
1) Pangolin at top, not included in the group anymore.
2) Sloth at bottom appears to be holding guitar. Has this been attempted in real life? If no, why not?
Pangolin, Armadillo, Sloth lovin’ on a branch, Armadillo
Baron Cuvier described and analyzed a massive fossil found in Paraguay. By analyzing the skull and structure of the bones, Cuvier determined that not only was this an extinct animal, it was a giant sloth. This was one of the first species he used to demonstrate extinction.