mylodon


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mylodon

(ˈmaɪləˌdɒn)
n
(Palaeontology) any prehistoric giant sloth of the genus Myolodon
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Noun1.mylodon - large (bear-sized) extinct edentate mammal of the Pleistocene in South Americamylodon - large (bear-sized) extinct edentate mammal of the Pleistocene in South America
edentate - primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
genus Mylodon - type genus of the Mylodontidae; sometimes included in family Megatheriidae
References in classic literature ?
We may doubt whether they have thus changed: if the Megatherium, Mylodon, Macrauchenia, and Toxodon had been brought to Europe from La Plata, without any information in regard to their geological position, no one would have suspected that they had coexisted with still living sea-shells; but as these anomalous monsters coexisted with the Mastodon and Horse, it might at least have been inferred that they had lived during one of the latter tertiary stages.
Fourthly, the Mylodon Darwinii, a closely related genus of little inferior size.
The great size of the bones of the Megatheroid animals, including the Megatherium, Megalonyx, Scelidotherium, and Mylodon, is truly wonderful.
Had I been standing here 14,000 years ago, the mylodon might have been a real threat, but now, this life-size statue is simply a reminder of the enormous creatures that once roamed Patagonia's fittingly largescale landscapes.
Remains of a species more closely related to Paramylodon, Mylodon darwinii, was found in a South American cave with dung that suggested a grassland environment (Salmi 1955; Moore 1978), but this interpretation was subsequently challenged (Heusser et al.