ground sloth


Definition of ground sloth

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Mammoths and a giant ground sloth crossed the tracks in the travelers’ wake, trampling some of the footprints. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "A typical teenager’s stroll: Carrying a baby and dodging mammoths," 23 Oct. 2020 All three events are part of a daylong slate of activities to mark the date, including the unveiling of a replica of a giant ground sloth skeleton once housed on the school’s Bloomington campus. USA TODAY, "Purple haze, making the sausage, ‘Goodfellas’ tavern: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 Joshua trees were once dispersed across landscapes with help from ancient pack rats and elephant-size giant ground sloths, a finding based on the abundance of seeds found in fossilized dung. Los Angeles Times, "Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species," 13 Apr. 2020 Alternative options: Other fossils primed for printing include a Priscacara serrata fish, a Stephanoceras juhlei ammonite and a shasta ground sloth’s coprolite (essentially fossilized feces). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ten Smithsonian Artifacts You Can 3-D Print," 27 Nov. 2019 The loss of large animals like mammoths, mastodons and giant ground sloths has been somewhat evenly spread over all the continents — except Africa, which has lost less than 20% of its large animals. Anchorage Daily News, "What killed the world’s giants?," 23 Nov. 2019 And today’s two-toed sloths are distant cousins of the giant South American Mylodon, believed to be the last ground sloth to go extinct, less than 10,000 years ago. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Ancient molecules reveal surprising details on origins of 'bizarre' sloths," 6 June 2019 Joshua trees were once dispersed across landscapes with help from elephant-sized giant ground sloths, a finding based on the abundance of seeds found in fossilized dung. Los Angeles Times, "Joshua trees are California icons. Should they also be designated threatened species?," 15 Oct. 2019 Thousands of years ago, the liquid asphalt trapped unsuspecting mammoths, horses, giant ground sloths, camels and bison that roamed the area, thirsty for a drink. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Preserving the unique history of the La Brea Tar Pits," 11 Oct. 2019

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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