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SetuplyJul 20, 2023 11:00:00 AM1 min read

My Ancestor Was a Giant Sloth?! The Slothful Legacy of Mylodon

Hey there, it's Jerry the Sloth! I’m back from my two-week vacation and having met up with plenty of my sloth family in that time, I’m ready to share a story about my ancestor.

 You might think I'm pretty ancient, but did you know that my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaddy was an even older creature? That's right, I'm talking about the one and only Mylodon!

A Small Dose of Sloth History

For those of you who don't know, Mylodon was a giant ground sloth that lived in South America over 10,000 years ago. Like me, he was known for his slow-moving ways and his love of hanging out in trees. But unlike me, Mylodon was about the size of a small car and had massive claws that he used for digging and defense. Can you imagine me with claws that big? I'd be a real force to be reckoned with!

Despite his fearsome appearance, Mylodon was actually a gentle giant. He mostly ate plants, and was known for his calm demeanor and his love of taking naps. Sounds like my kind of guy! 

Even though Mylodon lived a long time ago, his legacy lives on in the many different species of sloths that roam the rainforests today.

So here's to you, Mylodon, my ancient ancestor and fellow sloth enthusiast! I may not have your impressive size or fearsome claws, but I'm proud to be a part of your slothful lineage. Who knows, maybe one day scientists will discover that I have a few surprises of my own hidden up my fur!