Giant Sloth Tooth - Eremotherium sp.
April's Fossil of the Month is this massive tooth from the prehistoric Giant Sloth!
The Giant Sloth lived on the ground and could have grown up to 20 feet and may have weighed up to 3 tons! But despite its size, this giant herbivore moved slowly like its modern relative. It generally walked on four legs, but would occasionally stand on its back two feet to reach leaves on the tops of trees.
The giant sloth's teeth are long and rectangular, with a V-shaped groove. They had a diverse diet eating a variety of fruits, roots and leaves during dry and rainy seasons, allowing them to easily adapt to climate changes.
What other animals (extinct or living) have teeth the size of your hand?
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