The Giant #Ground #Sloths: The giant ground sloth is believed to have weighed about 2.5 tonnes, the same as an Asian Elephant! Their fossils have been found from Patagonia to Alaska. The last ground sloths seem to have died out about 10,000 years ago. Saw this skeleton in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC when I was a kid. Must see!!!

The Giant #Ground #Sloths: The giant ground sloth is believed to have weighed about 2.5 tonnes, the same as an Asian Elephant! Their fossils have been found from Patagonia to Alaska. The last ground sloths seem to have died out about 10,000 years ago. Saw this skeleton in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC when I was a kid. Must see!!!

Paleoillustration: Study of Megatherium, the biggest South American ground sloth. Carl Buell

Paleoillustration: Study of Megatherium, the biggest South American ground sloth. Carl Buell

Extinct giants, such as the American cheetah and ground sloth, lived in North America until they mysteriously died out about 10,000 years ago.

10 Extinct Giants That Once Roamed North America

Extinct giants, such as the American cheetah and ground sloth, lived in North America until they mysteriously died out about 10,000 years ago.

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth)

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth)

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth)

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth)

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth). It weighed up to eight tons and upright stood about 20 ft tall. Went extinct in the Late Pleistocene.  We think this picture is of the skeleton on display at the London Natural History Museum.

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth). It weighed up to eight tons and upright stood about 20 ft tall. Went extinct in the Late Pleistocene. We think this picture is of the skeleton on display at the London Natural History Museum.

Paleoillustration: A sabre-toothed cat (Smilodon) attacks an already entrapped giant ground sloth, Paramylodon, by Mauricio Antón

Paleoillustration: A sabre-toothed cat (Smilodon) attacks an already entrapped giant ground sloth, Paramylodon, by Mauricio Antón

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