posted on Apr, 6 2017 @ 04:31 PM
Ok the giant sloth may not be as dead as we think.
The quote below comes from the New York Times piece linked above.
"Glenn Shepard Jr., an American ethnobiologist and anthropologist based in Manaus, said he was among the skeptics until 1997, when he was doing
research about local wildlife among the Machiguenga people of the far western Amazon, in Peru. Tribal members all mentioned a fearsome slothlike
creature that inhabited a hilly, forested area in their territory.
Dr. Shepard said “the clincher that really blew me away” came when a member of the tribe remarked matter of factly that he had also seen a
mapinguary at the natural history museum in Lima. Dr. Shepard checked; the museum has a diorama with a model of the giant prehistoric ground
So the Giant Sloth, I propose built these tunnels as a residence and roadway. Given the size of the beast, stealthy travel wasn't really an option
through forest so it travelled underground, appearing here and there to hunt prey. We have found, relatively close to habitation only the long
abandoned ones, used by generations of Giant Sloths.
Perhaps in the hills of the Western Amazon there is another warren of tunnels / ancient runsin to which the creature slips and hides.
In North America perhaps the creature evolved a different set of behaviours, staying above ground but inhabiting very remote areas such as swamps.
There are reports of similar swamp creatures.
Cool original post whatever though.