ground sloth


Definition of ground sloth

: any of various often huge extinct American edentates related to the recent sloths

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Plus, some of its displays are wildly outdated — such as the creaky animatronic saber-toothed tiger that is forever devouring a giant ground sloth, its tinny roar on permanent loop. Los Angeles Times, "Three design teams propose La Brea Tar Pits revamp. The mammoth’s future? Uncertain," 26 Aug. 2019 The key, her team suggests, was dietary flexibility following the disappearance of many of North America’s large prehistoric herbivores, such as giant ground sloths, mammoths, mastodons, and camels. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Saber-tooth surprise: Fossils redraw picture of the fearsome big cat," 5 Aug. 2019 That might sound strange, given the lack of enormous dinosaurs or giant ground sloths trundling around. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Today’s Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren’t They Huger?," 27 June 2018 Photo by Kelly Shea and Brendan Banks | Illustration by Jordan Sondler Sixty-six million years ago, ancient giant ground sloths consumed avocados whole, traveled long distances, and, ahem, fertilized and dispersed the seed. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "The avocado toast home ownership meme, explained," 15 May 2018 Their tracks are preserved in the alkali flats of the valley floor—mammoth, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, North American camel, and giant ground sloth, all dating back to the last ice age. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Our Next National Park Could Be in New Mexico," 3 July 2018 Their presence, though, could tell paleontologists more about how giant ground sloths behaved and socialized. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Over 10,000 years ago, weapons at White Sands were aimed at giant sloths," 26 Apr. 2018 More recently, a team of scientists, whose study was published this year in the journal Science Advances, found fossilized human footprints surrounding circles of giant ground sloth tracks—rare evidence of a Pleistocene hunt. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Our Next National Park Could Be in New Mexico," 3 July 2018 Humans drove North American ground sloths to extinction around 11,000 years ago. Ben Guarino,, "Fossil footprints show a human chasing an extinct giant sloth," 26 Apr. 2018

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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