In general, giant sloth fossilized material is rare to find. A claw of this size and quality is even harder to find! It is a complete claw with no repair or restoration. It has been stabilized to prevent any chipping or crumbling. The size of this piece is sure to impress, and it is a reminder of the magnitude of these ancient creatures!
Measurements: ~7-1/2" long x 3-1/2" wide x 2" deep
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
Time Period: Pliocene/Pleistocene ~1.9 MYO
The Giant Sloth was an enormous creature that lived during the ice age and disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene period. The largest of these beasts could stand on their hind legs and strip the leaves off trees over 20' high! Although Giants Sloths primarily existed on a vegetarian diet, there have been suggestions that they supplemented their food by hunting and eating giant armadillos.