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 ?
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.
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.