|“||A sloth - but this is no ordinary sloth. This is Megatherium - a giant ground sloth.||„|
|— Allen, describing Megatherium|
Megatherium (name meaning "Giant Beast"), sometimes called the Giant Ground Sloth, is a genus of elephant-sized ground sloth that originated during the Pleistocene epoch in what is now South America. Measuring 7 meters long and weighing 3 tons, it was one of the largest megafaunal mammals of all time.
In the episode "Saving the Saber Tooth", a pair of Megatherium were brought back to the park from Early Pleistocene South America, 1 million years ago.
Era & DescriptionEdit
Megatherium lived in South America over 1 million years ago in the Late Pleistocene. They shared their environments with Smilodon, Phorusrhacos, the Woolly Mammoths, and other ice age mammals. Megatherium died out around 8,000 years ago, during the Holocene epoch.
The first fossil specimen of Megatherium was discovered in 1788 by Manuel Torres, on the bank of the Luján River in Argentina.
Megatherium was far from being a normal sloth. Possessing giant claws on their hands, they measured over 16–26 feet (5–8 m) in length, stood 13 feet (4 m) tall, and weighed 3 tons (6,000 lbs.), more than an adult elephant; a very different beast from their distant relatives, the gentle tree sloths.
These creatures also boasted impressive defenses. Small bones beneath their skin acted as a chain mail, therefore, Megatherium had powerful clawed forelimbs for attack and armor-plated skin for defense, rendering adults virtually indestructible.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Megatherium lived in pairs but were also solitary creatures and even the apex predator of their region, Smilodon, wisely gave Megatherium a wide berth of space. Though Megatherium was a herbivorous mammal, they would occasionally go for carrion to supplement their diet, therefore making them omnivorous. And when they did, there was nothing that stood in their way, not even the apex predator Smilodon.
- The sound effects of Megatherium are that of elephant, camel, altered goat, and altered bear sounds mixed with boar sounds.
- Though it is said that nothing got in their way when they wanted to eat meat, let alone harm them, only large predatory dinosaurs are capable of injuring Megatherium.