The nearly intact fossil of an ancient giant sloth that lived 5 million years ago has been unearthed in Peru, a find about 4 million years older than similar ones discovered in the Americas, researchers said.
The sloth was found beneath the cement floor of a house in the Andean region of Espinar in southern Peru when workers were installing a water system.
Parts of a giant armadillo that has also been dated to 5 million years ago were also found nearby.
The sloth, about 10 feet long, was an herbivore and lived during the Mio-Pliocene Era.
The sloth was found at 13,000 feet above sea level.
Peru’s dry climate has helped preserve thousands of fossils from the Pacific coast to the Andes highlands, making it a favorite of fossil hunters
Strange Editor’s note: Brazilians Amazon Natives still this days have sightings of Giants Sloths, soon we will bring some of this stories.