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Sloths first appeared in South America during the Oligocene about 35 MYA. The first sloths were small, mostly arboreal animals. Ground sloths first occurred about 30 MYA. Sloths are omnivores - they will eat lizards, insects and carrion; but, their diet consists primarily of leaves, buds and tender shoots . These strange creatures have a slow acting multi-compartmented stomach, which when full can hold up to two thirds of their entire body weight, and take a month to digest. Their claws are their only natural defense.

Giant ground sloths had enormous claws measuring up to 18 inches long without the keratin sheath, which would have extended another 6 inches, making their claws approximately two feet long. The giant ground sloth reached a length of more than 20 feet, and the bulk of a bull elephant.

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Eremotherium eomigrans Giant Ground Sloth - Field and Lab Poster - Media Display
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Eremotherium eomigrans Giant Ground Sloth - Field and Lab Poster - Media Display   
BHI #100128282

Display poster, with optional framing and stand, specifically designed to complement our Eremotherium eomigrans Giant Ground Sloth fossil replica exhibits.

Starting price: $70.00
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Eremotherium eomigrans VERNE - Giant Ground Sloth Skeleton - Fossil Replica
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Eremotherium eomigrans VERNE - Giant Ground Sloth Skeleton - Fossil Replica   
BHI #127053

A cast of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Giant Ground Sloth Specimen, nicknamed VERNE.

Our price: $85,000.00
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Eremotherium eomigrans VERNE Giant Ground Sloth Claw - Research Replica
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Eremotherium eomigrans VERNE Giant Ground Sloth Claw - Research Replica   
BHI #127732

The giant ground sloth had the largest claws of any mammal.

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Eremotherium eomigrans VERNE Giant Ground Sloth Skull - Research Replica
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Eremotherium eomigrans VERNE Giant Ground Sloth Skull - Research Replica   
BHI #100127814

This very large skull is from an individual that was about the size of a bull elephant.

Our price: $2,000.00
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