• The giant ancestors of today's sloths stood 10 feet tall and ate meat, a new study found

    2 days ago - By Business Insider

    An artistic reconstruction of the South American giant ground sloth feeding on the carcass of a prehistoric herbivore related to modern llamas.
    Jorge Blanco
    Ground sloths occupied South America during the last ice age before going extinct 10,000 years ago.
    Scientists thought these giant creatures ate plants like their modern, tree-climbing counterparts.
    But a study found one ground sloth species also ate meat, scavenging from carcasses when it could.
    We think of sloths as slow-moving, gentle leaf eaters. But the ancestors of these small, herbivorous creatures bore little resemblance to...
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