Eremotherium
a.k.a.‭ ‬Panamerican Ground Sloth

Name: Eremotherium ‭(‬Solitary beast‭)‬.
Phonetic: Eh-re-moe-fee-ree-um.
Named By: Spillmann‭ ‬-‭ ‬1948.
Synonyms: Schaubia, Schaubitherium, Xenocnus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Xenarthra,‭ ‬Pilosa,‭ ‬Megatheriidae.
Species: E.‭ ‬laurillardi,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬eomigrans.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: 6‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: North and South America.
Time period: Pliocene through to the end of the Pleistocene.
Fossil representation: Multiple specimens,‭ ‬some almost complete.

       At up six meters long Eremotherium rivalled even the world famous Megatherium for size.‭ ‬However unlike Megatherium,‭ ‬Eremotherium fossils are also known in the United States,‭ ‬making Eremotherium one of the largest ground sloths in North America.


Hapalops, Megalonyx, Eremotherium, Megatherium, Glossotherium, Mylodon, Paramylodon, Nothrotheriops.

Further reading
- Eremotherium laurillardi: the Panamerican late Pleistocene megatheriid sloth. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. - C. Cartelle & G. De Iuliis - 1995.
- Eremotherium sefvei nov. sp. (Mammalia, Xenarthra, Megatheriidae) from the Pleistocene of Ulloma, Bolivia. - Geobios 30(3):453-461. - G. De Iuliis and P. A. Saint-Andre - 1997.
- A new giant megatheriine ground sloth (Mammalia: Xenarthra: Megatheriidae) from the late Blancan to early Irvingtonian of Florida. - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 127:495-515. - G. De Iuliis & C. Cartelle - 1999.



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