Late Survival of Megatherium in South America-Olmec Culture Representation

Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 06 2009

Official scientific sources say that Megatherium became extinct between 10,000 and 2,000,000 years ago. Writing in Science Frontiers Online, William Corliss informs about several eyewitness accounts of late surviving megatheriums-reported by hunters and miners.

Those who speculate that the Giant South American Sloth survived until very late and may survive even until today are supported in part by this accurate Olmec Culture representation of Megatherium.
A megatherium appears to be having a less than fortunate encounter with an Olmec.

Photo:Olmec piece compared to drawing of giant sloth, Megatherium

It seems that there is a cross-discipline problem in that often, those who are curators of cultural artifacts aren’t either biologists or paleontologists and so often fail to make accurate id’s of the pieces they catalog.

I doubt that there would be much push back on a creature out of time only 7 or 8 thousand years. Its not a dinosaur after all.

Made from a solid piece of brown jade, an animal with its wide open mouth with an ape-like animal in its mouth. The ape-like animal is resting on its own tail and in the mouth of the other animal. Mint Condition.

Pre-Columbian antiquities are authentic and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
1150 – 550 BC
8 1/2” x 5 1/2”
….World Treasurers

Speculation of Late Survival..Science Frontiers Online
Possible Survival Of Giant Sloths In South America

For many years, rumors have been filtering out of trackless western Amazonia telling of a 6-foot, 500-pound giant sloth clothed in reddish hair. Rubber gatherers of the region report that this fearsome creature emits a hideous odor and transfixes one with a paralyzing stare! It also seems impervious to spears and shotgun pellets. Natives and some cryptozoologists equate this animal to the legendary Mapinguari.

D.C. Owen, an American biologist working with the Goeldi Natural History Museum in Belem, Brazil, has been tracking these stories. The present fossil record asserts that giant ground sloths resembling the supposed Mapinguari did occupy western Amazonia up to about 8700 years ago. To this must be added the appearance of an apparently fresh skin of the animal in 1897.

Even more recently, gold miners are said to have killed a giant sloth. As with the North American Bigfoot, hard data are elusive, particularly actual specimens, dead or alive.

Photo: P. J. Wynne’s impression of South America’s late-surviving giant sloth.

Owen is optimistic, however. He sees his hunt for the Mapinguari as more than just another useless monster hunt:

“If South America’s largest terrestrial mammal has been hidden to science until 1994, what else does the Amazon have in terms of biodiversity that’s new to us?”

(Stolzenberg, William; “Bigfoot of the Amazon,” Nature Conservancy, p. 7, July/August 1994. Anonymous; “The Mother of All Sloths,” Fortean Times, no. 77, p. 17, October/November 1994.)
Comment. Where is the 1897 skin? What happened to the sloth killed by the gold miners? Cryptozoology has always been plagued by disappearing critical evidence!

Science Frontiers Online

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