Megatherium

… was a genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to Central and South America that lived from the late Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene. Megatherium was one of the largest land mammals known, weighing up to 4 tonnes and up to 6 m (20 ft) in length from head to tail. It is the largest known ground sloth, as big as modern elephants and would have only been exceeded in its time by a few species of mammoth.

Although it was primarily a quadruped, its footprints show that it was capable of assuming a bipedal stance. 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. Megatherium species were members of the abundant Pleistocene megafauna, large mammals that lived during the Pleistocene epoch…

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