Fossil giant ground sloth skeleton - ROM2007_9476_3


Fossil giant ground sloth skeleton

Place Collected
North America, USA, Florida, Volusia County, Daytona Beach bonebed, 6.4 km S of Daytona Beach, 2.7 km E of Halifax River lagoon, on Nova Road
length=480; width=159; height=200 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderXenarthra
    • FamilyMegatheriidae
    • GenusEremotherium
    • SpecificEpithetlaurillardi
Object number: ROMVP01975
On view
Gallery Location:Reed Family Gallery of the Age of Mammals, South America, Xenarthrans, Eremotherium
DescriptionEremotherium laurillardi lived during the Late Pleistocene, between about 1 million and 10,000 years ago. It became extinct 10,000 years ago, meaning that this species of giant ground sloth was contemporaneous with Homo sapiens. One of the largest species of ground sloth, it was similar in size to a modern-day elephant weighing 4 to 5 tonnes as an adult. This herbivore, browsed in wooded areas in North and South America, using its long curved claws to pull down branches, twigs and leaves. This particular specimen was cast from bones excavated by a ROM field team at Daytona Beach, Florida.
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