Megatherium

I'm surprised that after writing more than 200 prehistoric animals, we still have not spoken of Megatherium, prehistoric animal that existed until 8000 years ago and, a

The Megatherium was a big herbivore, like a Sloth of the currently but giant. As a the sloths current, the Megatherium also eat the foliage. But the latter did not climb into the branches, mostly because it weighed over 5 tons (imagine an elephant up to the branch of a baobab, the same impression as the Megatherium would see in a tree). As measured 6 meters and stood on two legs reached the treetops and branches pulled down with their huge claws. Lately, is considering the option that it was an omnivorous animal, and also eating tons of leaves and branches, ever eat carrion or some unsuspecting animal ... because seeing how robust your bones and weight of this animal, we can not say it was a hunter agile, stealthy and fast.


This prehistoric animal was so large that a healthy individual was not able to kill any predator. Maybe some guy old, young or injured could fall prey to a group of giant hyenas, wolves, saber tooth or some Arctodus or cave bear.

The Megatherium, appeared on Earth 3 million years ago between the Pliocene and Pleistocene and disappeared 8,000 years ago in Central and South America. It is believed that the main cause of their extinction was the proliferation of a dangerous animal, a predator insatiable .... I speak human being.

In this video we will see that this prehistoric animal was not as shy as its relative the current lazy ...



What you do not know what is below. ????



 Well, it is a cave that was excavated by a megaterio and served as den / shelter . This in particular is about 200 m long and was excavated about 20,000 years ago .



Scutosaurus

The Scutosaurus was a prehistoric animal whose name means "reptile shield", referring to the protective layer of the skin formed by bony plates that covered much of the body. Of course, this shield had a protective purpose, its aim was to keep intact the internal parts of the attack Scutosaurus the sharp teeth of his hunters. And this saurian predators tremendous teeth were similar to the saber-toothed tiger. Most were gorgonópsidos, family of which we speak when we name the Inostranceva. A predator which we discussed two weeks ago, LINK.

The Scutosaurus lived during the Permian, 250 million years ago, and their remains have been found in what is now Asia. A continent 250 million years ago, was part of the great supercontinent Pangea.


It was a very large herbivorous reptile. Heavy, more than 500 kg. Was 2.5 meters (8 ft,) long and 1.5 (5 ft.) high. Unlike other reptiles they have their feet on the sides of the body, the Scutosaurus had under its robust body in order to keep that huge weight concentrated. They were also short, so it is understood that not run very fast (certainly more than men). I had the legs on the trunk and they were short would give the less interesting look ... if we saw it from afar, may seem a boar that had taken growth hormones ... or better yet, a giant toad ... anyway. He also had two small horns emerging from its lower jaw and pointed down. The aim of these horns was to protect the neck from those predators who try to hurt the most fragile part of the body: the neck.


Permian These animals were very numerous and found numerous fossils can complete several skeletons. Would be something like the wildebeest of the African savannah. A very large number of wildebeest that serves as food for many of the predators of the savanna. But unlike the African wildebeest, the Scutosaurus lived in small groups, think. Since maintaining that rugged body continually needed to eat grass, and knowing that during the Permian as the main feature was the desert climate, it is thought that this ancient lizard had to travel long distances to find food. If they would formed very elevated groups, had ended with the vegetation of the area very quickly, forcing them to find another that could be fertile ground for miles ... being counterproductive.


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