Baby armadillos have soft shells, like human fingernails. They get harder as the animal grows, depositing bone under the skin to make a solid shell. The process of laying down bone is known as “ossification”.
Archetypes | FAIRYTALE PRINCESS--She’s lost in the woods and has dirt under her fingernails, exiled by the bitter and the old who looked into her like she was a mirror and could not stand the sight. Her hair is long and curls beneath the sun like a crown. She sleeps the poison sleep and dreams of flying free. She loves, wholly and unashamed, so deeply that she thinks it might consume her. She knows in her heart that this is what makes her mighty, with her grace she will reignite a kingdom.
A mythological beast from the Inuit: Qallupilluk. The Qallupilluit. are ocean creatures that steals lone children through cracks in the ice. No one is sure why they steal children. Some speculate loneliness. Others speculate dinner. Some variations of Qallupilluit mythology say that the child stolen will either die or turn into a mermaid to live underwater with the Qallupilluk that took them.