Eremotherium Spillmann, 1948 Glossotherium Owen, 1840. Smilodon Lund, 1842. Replicas and original pieces Skeletons representative of the scenario of the Brazilian Pleistocene, about 1.8 million years ago. The giant sloths Eremotherium and Glossotherium, as well as the saber-toothed tiger Smilodon, are representatives of what is known as the extinct megafauna. Interestingly, the assembly of the specimen determined as an Eremotherium was performed at the beginning of the twentieth century when it was believed that there were only sloths of the Megatherium americanum species in Brazil. For this reason, this specimen is considered a composite skeleton, formed by original material of several individuals attributed to the genus Eremotherium and by replicated material attributed to the genus Megatherium.


  • Title: Sabre-toothed tiger and giant sloths
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Museu Nacional/UFRJ
  • Setor: Paleontologia
  • Sala de Exposição: Preguiça Gigante
  • Nome Cientifico: Eremotherium Spillmann. Glossotherium Owen. Smilodon Lund.
  • Local de Coleta/Origem: Megafauna
  • Data de Origem/Produção: cerca de 1,8 milhões de anos atrás
  • Area de Conhecimento: Paleontologia

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