Students make protective plaster wrappings for asphalt-preserved giant sloth bones at the Tanque Loma tar pit locality in southwestern Ecuador.
Yet, even though these giant ground sloth fossils were found in asphalt, the authors find no evidence that they died in it.
What this suggests is that these 22 giant ground sloths were completely surrounded by their own feces or gut contents.
AdvertisementTo help reconstruct what may have happened to these giant ground sloths, the authors looked to one of today’s megafauna: the hippopotamus.
“But there is nothing anywhere in the world today that is even kind of like a giant ground sloth.

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