ground sloth


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ground sloth

A now-extinct very large mammal that once inhabited North and South America. I wish I could go back in time to when ground sloths roamed the Earth—how cool would that be?
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The most common fossils from El Hatillo are of the giant ground sloth Eremotherium laurillardi (Gazin, 1957; Anonymous 1958).
Roughly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, the prehistoric Shasta ground sloth ate the leaves, seeds, and fruits of the plant, traveled great distances, and, along the way, passed the seeds through its digestive system, fertilizing them with its manure.
Samples were taken from a presumed grazer, Bison antiquus, a presumed browser, Palaeolama mirifica, and the ground sloth, Paramylodon harlani, all from the Ingleside fauna.
Key words: Jefferson's ground sloth, Megalonyx jeffersonii, late Pleistocene, vertebrate fossils, Yukon
At the end of the last ice age, near what is now Las Vegas, early Americans left evidence of having dined on Nothrotherium, a now extinct seven-foot ground sloth.
It's possible that burning areas of forest played a role in the extinction of some large forest animals like the giant ground sloth, which could grow as big as 11 feet tall and 13,000 pounds and (http://www.
During the Ice Age, mammals such as Harlan's ground sloth, the Colombian mammoth and the American lion would have wandered through the area.
Adults of some ground sloth species approached 5 meters in length.
ONE million years ago, the Earth was inhabited by an array of bizarre creatures including the giant ground sloth, terror birds, giant armadillos and the mighty sabre-toothed cat.
Anthropologist Paul Martin believes that the extinction of the mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth, and the saber-toothed cat directly or indirectly resulted from the "prehistoric overkill" by exceptionally competent hunters.
Also included was the giant ground sloth and the car-sized Ice Age mammal Glyptodon.
Among the bones discovered in the caves were those of a 7-foot Shasta ground sloth (which expired 86,000 years ago), a prehistoric horse, a bear and a coyote.
One of the bones was identified as belonging to an extinct ground sloth, and the other to a bison.
The mammals included extinct species of ground sloth, mammoth, horse, tapir, camel and bison.