The giant ground sloth (Nothrotheriops shastensis) is an ancient relative of living tree sloths, armadillos and anteaters.It lived during the Pleistocene Epoch (2.58 million years ago – 12,000 years ago) and stood 20 feet tall on its hind legs, using its huge claws to grasp tree limbs and scrape the bark off tree trunks for meals. Downloads. As one of the world's very best giant ground sloth remains, this is a unique local attraction. The term "Ground Sloth" does not refer to one particular species but rather several species all of which are now extinct. The prototypical prehistoric sloth, the Giant Ground Sloth (genus name Megalonyx, pronounced MEG-ah-LAH-nix) was named by future American president Thomas Jefferson in 1797, after he examined some bones forwarded to him from a cave in West Virginia. They were structured to be able to stand on their hind legs to they could reach up into trees and eat leaves. The need for water sources may have brought Harlan’s Ground Sloths to White Sands during the ice age. Evidence collected from an ice age boneyard suggests a group of giant ground sloths died wallowing in their own feces, say scientists. In some studies, the size of the various species seems to be continuous and overlapping, although some juvenile remains are definitely larger than the adult and subadult remains of the small group. Giant ground sloths were one of the few ancient herbivores large enough to swallow avocados whole, thus serving as an important seed disperser for these delicious fruits that we know and love today! On this page of Extinct Prehistoric Animal Facts you will find information about these interesting mammals which no longer roam the earth. They spent their lives wondering open-grasslands with water sources, like rivers and lakes. 2 and fig. Peter Hess. Science. See more ideas about giant sloth, sloth, ground sloth. Based on the fossil evidence, the scientists inferred that the environment was a tropical savannah, with tall grasses and occasional trees. Available. Their living relatives include the tree sloths, and more distantly the anteaters, and armadillos. The giant megatheriine ground sloth Eremotherium eomigrans is described based on remains from the late Blancan to early Irvingtonian (late Pliocene to early Pleistocene) of Florida. Around 8 million years ago, they migrated into North America, according to the San Diego Natural History Museum.Giant ground sloths preferred forests along rivers or lakes, but they also lived during the Pleistocene period, also known as the Great Ice Age. And today’s two-toed sloths are distant cousins of the giant South American Mylodon, believed to be the last ground sloth to go extinct, less than 10,000 years ago. Giant ground sloths have to be among the strangest mammals that ever walked on Earth. Explore Wikis; Community Central; Start a Wiki; Search This wiki This wiki All wikis | Sign In Don't have an account? Register Start a Wiki. Using its stubby snout and sense of smell, the sloth may have found and eat grasses, shrubs, and plants with flowers. Downloads. UXP. They more than likely waddled instead of ran. Games Movies TV Video. A team of scientists exploring a cave in western Madagascar have discovered an ancient painting which they are calling the “only known drawing of an extinct giant lemur” that once lived in the island’s remote western forests until at least 1,000 years ago.. 3.6.2019 7:03 PM. Ground sloth is a diverse group of extinct sloths. Sloths today differ immensely from the giant ground sloths that once roamed South America. Giant Sloth Dung, Pleistocene Epoch. 0 comments coolislandsong24 says: Because it's good to see the original giant occupying a museum in his native land: Argentina. 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