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Ground sloths are a diverse group of extinct sloths, in the mammalian superorder Xenarthra. Megalonyx, which means "giant claw", was a widespread North American genus that lived past the close of the last (Wisconsin) glaciation, when so.


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The giant sloths were among various South American animals that migrated into North America where they flourished until the late Pleistocene. Paper Plate.


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7 – 8 million years ago Ground sloths migrate to Caribbean islands and North American mainland. 2. 2 million years ago First species of giant ground sloth.


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Oxford University Press. Bibcode : GondR.. Megatherium is part of the sloth family Megatheriidae , which also includes the similarly elephantine Eremotherium , which was native to tropical South America and southern North America. It would pull itself upright to sit on its haunches or to stand and then tugged at plants with its feet, digging them up with the five sharp claws on each foot. The giant ground sloth lived mostly in groups, but it may have lived singly in caves. Megatherium inhabited woodland and grassland environments of the lightly wooded areas of South America , with a Late Pleistocene range centred around the Pampas [25] where it was an endemic species, as recently as 10, years ago. For millions of years, the sloth did not have many enemies to bother it, so it was probably a diurnal animal. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Megatherium species were members of the abundant Pleistocene megafauna , large mammals that lived during the Pleistocene epoch. Most cite the appearance of an expanding population of human hunters as the cause of its extinction. A recent morpho-functional analysis [6] indicates that M. New York: Columbia University Press. The fossil was shipped to Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid the following year, where it remains. Reconstruction of Megatherium with hair top and without bottom. Megatherium is divided into 2 subgenera , Megatherium and Pseudomegatherium. This sloth, like a modern anteater , walked on the sides of its feet because its claws prevented it from putting them flat on the ground. Retrieved 22 July Archived from the original on February 1, The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life. An extinct genus of mammals related to sloths, anteaters, and armadillos. The holotype specimen was then shipped to Spain the following year wherein it caught the attention of the esteemed paleontologist Georges Cuvier , who was the first to determine, by means of comparative anatomy, that Megatherium was a sloth. Retrieved Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Like other sloths, Megatherium lacked the enamel , deciduous dentition , and dental cusp patterns of other mammals. Archived from the original PDF on Retrieved 14 April In Sargis, E. Ground sloths are a diverse group belonging to superorder Xenarthra , which also includes extinct pampatheres and glyptodonts , as well as living tree sloths , anteaters , and armadillos. Its large size enabled it to feed at heights unreachable by other contemporary herbivores. The oldest and smallest species of Megatherium is M. American Megafaunal Extinctions at the End of the Pleistocene. Their teeth in side view show interlocking V-shaped biting surfaces, though they are nearly square in cross-section and exhibit bilophodonty. March Science Advances. Although it was primarily a quadruped , its trackways show that it was capable of bipedal locomotion. One of the four major eutherian radiations, this superorder evolved in isolation in South America while it was an island continent during the Paleogene and Neogene. Bibcode : PNAS.. Xenarthrans were largely unaffected and continued to thrive in spite of competition from the northern immigrants. He published his first paper on the subject in , a transcript of a previous lecture at the French Academy of Sciences. The giant ground sloth was a herbivore, feeding on leaves such as yuccas , agaves , and grasses. Temporal range: Early Pliocene [1] to Early Holocene , 5—0. Cuvier determined that Megatherium was a sloth, and at first believed that it used its large claws for climbing trees, like modern sloths, although he later changed his hypothesis to support a subterranean lifestyle, with the claws used to dig tunnels. Based on the estimated strength and mechanical advantage of its biceps , it has been proposed that Megatherium could have overturned adult glyptodonts large, armored xenarthrans, related to armadillos as a means of scavenging or hunting these animals. August Gondwana Research. While this alone would not likely have caused its extinction, it has been cited as a possible contributing factor. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia. While it has been suggested that the giant sloth may have been partly carnivorous , this is a controversial claim. The species Megatherium filholi Moreno, of the Pampas, previously thought to be a junior synonym of M. It had a robust skeleton with a large pelvic girdle and a broad muscular tail. Taxonomy according to Pujos : [14]. Megatheres displayed deeper jaws than other sloths. Spring Journal of the History of Biology. Megatherium had a narrow, cone-shaped mouth and prehensile lips that were probably used to select particular plants and fruits. According to one study, Megatherium was probably mostly hairless like modern elephants due to its large size giving it a small surface-area-to-volume ratio , making it susceptible to overheating. The researchers say this would have enabled M. The rhinoceros -sized Promegatherium of the Miocene is suggested to be the ancestor of Megatherium. This suggests that the teeth were used for cutting, rather than grinding, and that hard fibrous food was not the primary dietary component. Current Biology. Rising on its powerful hind legs and using its tail to form a tripod , Megatherium could support its massive body weight while using the curved claws on its long forelegs to pull down branches with the choicest leaves. It was reassembled by museum employee Juan Bautista Bru, who also drew the skeleton and some individual bones. Cuvier Humboldt.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} June Journal of Morphology. This adaptation is found in carnivores and optimises speed rather than strength. December Paleontology in Colombia. Archives of Oral Biology. Instead of enamel, the tooth displays a layer of cementum , ortho dentine , and modified orthodentine, creating a soft, easily abraded surface. Bibcode : SciA Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. The teeth are hypsodont and bilophodont , and the sagittal section of each loph is triangular with a sharp edge. It probably had mainly a browsing diet in open habitats, but also it probably fed on other moderate to soft tough food. They suggest that to add nutrients to its diet, Megatherium may have taken over the kills of Smilodon. Blanco Megatherium , the stabber. Biomechanical analysis also suggests it had adaptations to bipedalism. Fossils of Megatherium and other western megafauna proved popular with the Georgian era public until the discovery of the dinosaurs some decades later. Megatherium was adapted to temperate, arid or semiarid open habitats. Italy: Firefly Books Ltd. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Various other smaller species belonging to the subgenus Pseudomegatherium are known from the Andes. Based on Bru's illustrations, comparative anatomist Georges Cuvier determined the relationships and appearance of Megatherium. Ground sloths were prominent among the various South American animal groups to migrate northwards into North America , where they remained and flourished until the late Pleistocene. Holocene extinctions. In Haynes, Gary ed. During the Pliocene , the Central American Isthmus formed, causing the Great American Interchange , and a mass extinction of much of the indigenous South American megafauna. The sloth's stomach was able to digest coarse and fibrous food. The extinction coincides with the settlement of the Americas , and a kill site where a M. Retrieved 11 September Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level'. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The family to which Megatherium belongs, Megatheriidae , is related within superfamily Megatheroidea to the extinct families Nothrotheriidae and Megalonychidae , and to living three-toed sloths of family Bradypodidae , as deduced recently from collagen [22] and mitochondrial DNA [23] sequences obtained from subfossil bones. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. The species Megatherium Pseudomegatherium tarijense, appears to be a junior synonym of M. The teeth are spaced equidistantly in a series, located in the back of the mouth, which leaves space at the predentary; there is no diastema , though the length of this tooth row and of the predentary spout can vary by species. Only a few other land mammals equaled or exceeded M. University of California Press. The sloth used its simple teeth to grind down food before swallowing it, and its highly developed cheek muscles helped in this process.