Megatherium – Giant ground sloth
A slow-moving herbivore that primarily fed on tough vegetation, using its powerful jaws and unique dental adaptations to process its food
An extinct genus of giant ground sloth that lived in South America during the Pleistocene epoch, around 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. This enormous mammal was one of the largest ground sloths ever known. Its most distinctive feature was its long, curved claws, which could grow up to 36 in (3 ft) in length and were used for digging, defense, and climbing.
Although Megatherium went extinct around 10,000 years ago, its legacy lives on through the fossils and artifacts left behind. Today, researchers continue to study this magnificent creature to better understand its life and the world it lived in.