With further study, scientists began to discover its habitat, diet, and reproductive cycle, and the picture became ever clearer. How was the shasta ground sloth's carcass discovered after its plummet into such a forbidding place so many millennia ago? Megatherium (/ mɛɡəˈθɪəriəm / meg-ə-THEER-ee-əm from the Greek mega [μέγας], meaning "great", and therion [θηρίον], "beast") is an extinct genus of ground sloths endemic to South America that lived from the Early Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene. No. If the sloth and the mapinguari were the same, we would have stories of natives who hunted the mapinguari. Great Ground Sloths lived in the grasslands, and also lived in large groups. Is the massive Megatherium ground sloth still alive in South America? They could tolerate and adapt to various types of plants as well as allegedly nibble on the occasional carcass, which allowed the Megatherium to migrate and thrive all over the continent — for 5.3 million years. PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on November 06, 2012. Theoretical Turkeys ep. This is a six-foot fish that was believed to have gone extinct some sixty-five million years ago, only to be rediscovered back in the 1930s. The new data offer definitive evidence for hunting and butchering of Megatherium americanum (giant ground sloth) at 12,600 cal years BP and … Katie Serena is a New York City-based writer and a staff writer at All That's Interesting. But, there might still be giant ground sloths living in and around the Amazon rainforest sprawling 2, 123, 582 square miles located in South America. It’s thought to be a local legend and superstition, nothing more. Without a specimen, live or dead, it is hard for mainstream science to take the Mapinguari too seriously. Megalonyx (“great claw”) is the Greek name for another of the giant ground sloths. Further, the Megatherium wasn’t much of a picky eater. Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on May 18, 2013: cryptid (author) from USA on February 19, 2013: Thanks stacistathos! Another possibility is that it anctaly COULD be a giant ground sloth considering approximately 1/3 of the world's current mammals were considared to be extinct. according to eye witnesses mapinguari is a ground sloth and every eye witnesses reports the claws, eyes,fur are very similar to the animal. The Mapinguari is indeed a weird critter! The Megatherium dominated the continent’s southern grasslands and lightly forested areas and was something of a king of the mammals for thousands of years before a mass extinction event wiped it from the planet. After learning about Megatherium, check out these terrifying prehistoric creatures who weren’t dinosaurs. And on top of that, they say that the Giant Ground Sloths didn't go extinct due to climate change, but do to overhunting by humans. Scientists are still not entirely sure what accounts for this mass extinction as it does occur simultaneously … Mylodon, a giant ground sloth. However, he later amended his theory and hypothesized instead that the sloth was much too large to climb trees and likely used its claws to dig subterranean holes and tunnels. In addition, the great ground sloth was hunted to extinction. It was then that an archaeologist named Manuel Torres discovered a rare fossil specimen on the banks of the Luján River in eastern Argentina. So what, or perhaps who, led to this resilient mammalian force’s extinction? The giant ground sloth is a species of extinct mammals in the Megatheriidae family. A continent where Megatherium originally came from and thrived for millions of years until driven to near extinction by ancient men. This is one of if not the best article I've seen written about Mapinguari. 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