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Giant prehistoric sloth unearthed in LA metro


Posted on Saturday, 3 June, 2017 | Comment icon 4 comments

Sloths once grew to enormous sizes. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Geoff Gallice
A recent excavation in the heart of Los Angeles has yielded evidence of giant prehistoric beasts.
The discovery, which was made during excavations for a new transit project, included a femur bone from a giant sloth and a leg bone from a bison.

The fossils were found within sandy clay approximately 5ft beneath Crenshaw Boulevard.


"Fossils periodically are found during excavation due to construction in the LA area," said Gary Takeuchi, collections manager at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. "These fossils would probably not have been found if it were not for this construction unearthing them."

This isn't the first time prehistoric fossil remains have been found during excavation work either.

Back in April, the construction of a subway near the La Brea Tar Pits had to be halted so that palaeontologists could extract mammoth and camel bones.

Another haul of mammoth bones was also unearthed in the same area back in December 2016.

Source: Live Science | Comments (4)

Tags: Los Angeles, Giant Sloth

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by taniwha on 4 June, 2017, 9:56
Well I'm guessing someone had the fascinating task of identification.   I wonder, is it like NCIS Miami matching these fragments, is there a computer database with bone recognition technology? I mean,  someone out there has a special talent to solve that puzzle, I bet that's a story in itself.   
Comment icon #2 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 7 June, 2017, 9:58
I thought they were being sarcastic....guess not. Still fascinating none the less :)
Comment icon #3 Posted by hsun85 on 8 June, 2017, 20:52
plenty of them in my local DMV
Comment icon #4 Posted by SgtTechHead on 12 June, 2017, 4:27
Oh my... Can't say I've ever seen written words with more truth behind them. Painful experience at any DMV. Cool discovery though


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