Megatherium - By: Manel Paret Espadaler
The Megatherium was a huge, bulky and slow-moving mammal. It had peg-like teeth, powerful jaws, short tail and three hook-like claws on each foot. It was a quadruped, and it was an herbivore. This ice-age mammal was the largest of the ground sloths. Its name means "great beast”, and he was named by the palaeontologist Richard Owen in 1856. We think that it lived in Brazil or near Brazil, because the first fossil of this animal was found there, and probably, it lived during the Pleistocene epoch in South America. It went extinct about 11,000 years ago.