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 Sloth. The giant ground sloth is believed to have weighed about 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 years ago.

Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth). It weighed up to eight tons and upright stood about 20 ft tall. Went extinct in the Late Pleistocene

Megatherium americanum skeleton, aka the extinct giant ground sloth. Weighed up to 4 tons and was as large as modern elephants! The largest of extinct mammals besides some mammoths, herbivore.

The Smithsonian's Giant Ground Sloths - Digging the Fossil Record: Paleobiology at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's Giant Ground Sloths - Digging the Fossil Record: Paleobiology at the Smithsonian

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

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

“Bad day at the tar pits, as a sabre-toothed cat (Smilodon) attacks an already entrapped giant ground sloth, Paramylodon”. By Mauricio Antón.

sabre-toothed cat Smilodon attacking an entrapped giant ground sloth, Paramylodon, by Mauricio Anton

Giant Ground Sloth Megatherium | Giant Ground Sloth | Extinct around 10,500 years Before Present (BP), though some dates suggest 8,000-7000 years BP.

Megatherium ("Great Beast") was a genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to Central and South America that lived from the late Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene. Its size was exceeded by only a few other land mammals, including mammoths.

Megalonyx; Ground Sloth; Late Miocene to Pleistocene, 10.3–0.011; Mammalia (Xenarthra);Described by Harlan, 1825; Artwork by MaCarl Buell?

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Megatherium, a ground sloth the size of an elephant, one of the pleistocene megafauna

Megatherium, a ground sloth the size of an elephant, one of the pleistocene megafauna

Megatherium Giant ground sloths of this genus were about the size of today's elephants. The megatherium only went extinct around 10,000 years ago (right around the time when humans started farming), and smaller relatives may have survived as late as the 16th century!

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Megatherium, an extinct genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to Central and South America (living from the late Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene, one of the largest land mammals known, weighing up to 4 tonnes and up to 6 m)

Smilodon attacking a giant ground sloth at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits by Dallas Krentzel, via Flickr

Smilodon attacking a giant ground sloth at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits by Dallas Krentzel

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.

Ice Age: Sub-Zero Heroes - Sidney "Sid" (John Leguizamo) is a ground sloth who is clumsy, annoying, slow moving, fast-talking, unintelligent, unfit, and unattractive member with a good heart. Little is known from Sid's life other than that Sid once lived in a tree with other sloths that always wanted to leave Sid behind when the migration occurred, using several different ways to leave him behind.

Ice Age: Sub-Zero Heroes - Sidney "Sid" (John Leguizamo) is a ground sloth who…

megatherium americanum, Great Ground-Sloth of South America      ...

megatherium americanum, Great Ground-Sloth of South 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.

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.

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