Costa Rica: Can it be that they found a genus of a Giant Sloth?




This is such an interested news for Costa Rica!


They have found a new genus of giant sloth which will join the list of prehistoric animals that inhabited Costa Rica, as confirmed by research from 2003 to date by scientists.


This amazing new discovery will be called Sibotherium Ka, which in Bribri language means Beast from the site of Sibö and lived 5.8 million years ago at the Coto Brus Valley, in the south of this country, as revealed by the National Museum of Costa Rica (MNCR).


One of the scientist said:


“The evolutionary trend of sloths in the Tertiary Period (spanning from 66.0 to 2.58 million years ago) was a progressive increase in body size than in the Quaternary period (2.58 million years to the present), when they reach their greatest size, an example of them are the species such as Megatherium americanum or Eremotherium laurillardi, which came to measure just over 4 meters,” said Laurito.


The scientist of this investigation discovered and analyzed fossilized remains of the fore and hind limbs, molars, skull fragments, ribs and vertebrae of this new genus of a giant sloth. Also, the scientists concluded that the genus was new and no identical records have been found in other parts of the world. For final results, the National Museum of Costa Rica (MNCR), says that they still have to research a couple of years more, because they have to compare the fossil remains with at least 15 other genera, to find differences and similarities.



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