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A sloth - but thus is no ordinary sloth. This is Megatherium - a giant ground sloth.
— Allen, describing Megatherium

Megatherium (name meaning "Giant Beast") is a genus of giant, elephant-sized ground sloths that originated during the Pleistocene epoch. It was one of the largest megafaunal mammals of all time.

FactsEdit

Era & DescriptionEdit

Megatherium lived in South America over 1 million years ago in the Late Pleistocene. Some shared their environments with Smilodon, Phorusrhacos, the Woolly Mammoths, and other ice age mammals.

The first fossil specimen of Megatherium was discovered in 1788 by Manuel Torres, on the bank of the Luján River in Argentina. 

Physical AttributesEdit

Megatherium was far from being a normal sloth. They possessed giant claws, measured over 16-26 feet (5-8 m) in length, stood 13 feet (4 m) tall, and weighed 3 tons (6,000 lbs.), more than an adult elephant; a very different beast from their distant relatives, the gentle tree sloths.

These creatures also boasted impressive defenses. Small bones beneath their skin acted like a chain mail, therefore, Megatherium had armor-plated skin for defense, rendering adults virtually indestructible, and powerful clawed forelimbs for attack. 

Behavior & TraitsEdit

Megatherium lived in pairs but were also solitary creatures, and even the top predators Smilodon wisely gave them a wide berth of space. Though Megatherium were herbivores, they would occasionally go for carrion to supplement their diet, therefore making them omnivorous. And when they did, their was nothing that got in their way, not even the apex predator Smilodon.

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Trivia Edit

  • The sound effects of Megatherium are that of elephant, camel, and altered bear sounds mixed with boar sounds.