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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Class Information
Class Mammalia
Order Information
Superorder Xenarthra
Order Pilosa
Family Information
Family Megatheriidae
Genus Information
Genera Megatherium
Species Information
Species M. altiplanicum
M. americanum
M. gallardoi
M. istilarti
M. medinae
M. parodii
M. sundti
M. tarijense
Population statistics
Conservation status Extinct

Megatherium are an extinct genus of mammals similar to the sloth, and are some 18 or 20 ft. in length and 8 ft. in height, with an elephantine skeleton.[1]


  1. Nuttall Encyclopedia of General Knowledge, article on Megatherium originally published in 1907 written by Reverend James Wood