Enter the Animal Hall of Shame: What happened to the Megatherium? Enter the Animal Hall of Shame.
Enter the Animal Hall of Shame: What happened to the Megatherium? Enter the Animal Hall of Shame. Here at the Platypus, we honour the traditions and beliefs of the animal kingdom. Namely that all animal life should be free from the threat of extinction. Extinction is the one, true greatest evil of all. There is no greater evil (except maybe Cats). So here, in the Animal Hall of Shame, we honour those animals whose lives have been snuffed out by the Homo Sh*tpiens. What was a Megatherium? The Megatherium was a species of giant ground sloth. The name means ‘great beast from America’. Megatherium americanum was up to 10 times the size of living sloths reaching weights of up to four tonnes (similar to a present-day bull elephant). On its hind legs, M. americanum would have stood a full 3.5 metres (12 feet) tall. What did the Megatherium eat? Despite its magnificent claws, M. americanum was a forward-thinking vegetarian. This has been confirmed through chemical analysis of their teeth. It was able to stand and walk on its hind legs, making it the largest vegetarian bipedal mammal of all time.