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Megatherium



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Mammalia
  Superorder Xenarthra
  Order Pilosa
  Family Megatheriidae
  Genus Megatherium
Megatherium was a giant ground sloth. That from the late Pliocene epoch to the early Holocene, between about 2 million and 8,000 years ago. It is believed to have gone extinct as a result of hunting by humans.

Megatherium weighed around 5 tons, and was 20 feet (6 meters) tall when standing on its hind limbs. It is believed to have stood on its hind legs, using its tail for support as a tripod, and used its front limbs to pull down branches from which it would have eaten leaves. It was probably also equpped with a long tongue.

Megatherium probably most ate leaves, but may also have hunted or scavenged meat as well - there is for eaxmple, some suggestion that it could have used its claws as daggers. One possibility is that Megatherium could have scavenged kills made by Smilodon. Another possibility is that Megatherium may have hunted Glyptodonts - a number of fossils of Glyptodonts have been showing the creature apparently dying on its back, and the only creature in the habitat that could have flipped over a Glyptodont, is Megatherium.

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Megatherium was a giant ground sloth that lived between 2 million and 8,000 years ago

Megatherium was a giant ground sloth that lived between 2 million and 8,000 years ago


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Giant Sloth: Megatherium (Graphic Prehistoric Animals)
By Gary Jeffrey

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The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History
By Juan Pimentel

Harvard University Press
Released: 2017-01-09
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One animal left India in 1515, caged in the hold of a Portuguese ship, and sailed around Africa to Lisbon―the first of its species to see Europe for more than a thousand years. The other crossed the Atlantic from South America to Madrid in 1789, its huge fossilized bones packed in crates, its species unknown. How did Europeans three centuries apart respond to these two mysterious beasts―a rhinoceros, known only from ancient texts, and a nameless monster? As Juan Pimentel explains, the reactions reflect deep intellectual changes but also the enduring power of image and imagination to shape our understanding of the natural world.

We know the rhinoceros today as “Dürer’s Rhinoceros,” after the German artist’s iconic woodcut. His portrait was inaccurate―Dürer never saw the beast and relied on conjecture, aided by a sketch from Lisbon. But the influence of his extraordinary work reflected a steady move away from ancient authority to the dissemination in print of new ideas and images. By the time the megatherium arrived in Spain, that movement had transformed science. When published drawings found their way to Paris, the great zoologist Georges Cuvier correctly deduced that the massive bones must have belonged to an extinct giant sloth. It was a pivotal moment in the discovery of the prehistoric world.

The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium offers a penetrating account of two remarkable episodes in the cultural history of science and is itself a vivid example of the scientific imagination at work.

Megatherium (Exploring Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures)
By Susan H. Gray

Core Learning Library
Released: 2014-01-01
Kindle Edition (32 pages)

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Megatherium was one of the biggest ground sloths that ever existed. This 'great beast' weighed between 3 and 4 tons and was enormous compared to its modern-day relatives, the tree sloths. Read Megatherium to find out more about this huge creature, as well as to learn interesting facts about other ancient ground sloths.
Memoir on the Megatherium, and Other Extinct Gigantic Quadrupeds of the Coast of Georgia: With Observations on Its Geologic Features (Classic Reprint)
By William Brown Hodgson

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I had been honored by an invitation from the National Institute, established at Washington, to read a paper before that body, on some subject con nected with the progress of science. Having accept ed that invitation, I was placed in the position of the traveller who had requested an interview with Mohammed Ali, the Pacha of Egypt. The traveller, not having previously arranged a subject of conver sation to be held with His Highness, was at fault, during his audience. Say something! Was the Viceroy's indulgent suggestion. There was, how ever, a high administrative import in that suggestion.

The wonderful organic remains which crowd and underlie the recent formation of the coast of Geor gia, seemed to me a proper subject for this occasion, as one about which something might be said.

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Giant Ground Sloth (Prehistoric Beasts)
By Marc Zabludoff

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Introduces the prehistoric giant ground sloth, describing its physical characteristics, when and where it lived, how it lived, and the other animals that lived alongside it.
A Soil Bacillus Of The Type Of De Bary's B. Megatherium
By William C. Sturgis

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Memoir on the Megatherium: Or Giant Ground-Sloth of America, (Megatherium Americanum, Cuvier) (Classic Reprint)
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In the year 1821 Drs. Pander and d'al'ron published their beautiful Monograph on the Megatherium, the result of personal examination and depiction of the then unique skeleton at Madrid they represent the bones more artistically and in more natural juxtaposition than in the plates of bru's memoir, but the subject being the same, the same deficiencies, to be presently specified, were unavoidable.

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