Giant Sloth

This giant ground sloth from South America lived in the Pliocene and Pleistocene. It is one of the largest mammals to have ever lived, with a size exceeded only by Mammoths and some giant rhinos. Ground Sloths are xenarthrans, a distinct group of South American mammals that includes the living anteaters, tree sloths, and armadillos and the extinct megafauna, glyptodonts, and pampatheres. It had a close relative, Eremotherium, that migrated to North America during the Great American Interchange when the land bridge connected the continents.

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