Nothrotheriops

Name: Nothrotheriops.
Phonetic: No-fro-feh-re-ops.
Named By: Hoffstetter‭ ‬-‭ ‬1954.‭
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Xenarthra,‭ ‬Nothrotheriidae.
Species: N.‭ ‬shastensis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬texanus.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: ‭ ‬2.75‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Across the USA and parts of Mexico.
Time period: Pliocene through to the end of the Pleistocene.
Fossil representation: Multiple specimens,‭ ‬some nearly complete with at least one with remnants of soft tissue.

       A relatively small ground sloth when compared to others such as Megatherium,‭ ‬Eremotherium and Glossotherium,‭ ‬Nothrotheriops seems to have had a similar lifestyle and dietary preference of browsing upon vegetation.‭ ‬One specimen of Nothrotheriops from Aden Crater in New Mexico was found in a lava tube and still had the remnants of hair and even a tendon still preserved.‭ ‬The best known species of Nothrotheriops is N.‭ ‬shastensis which is also known as the‭ ‘‬Shasta ground sloth‭’ (‬after Shasta County,‭ ‬California‭)‬.


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

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