A four meters large, thirsty sloth is around 27,000 years ago, a deep water hole to be disastrous. It couldn’t climb out, died, and was buried by layers of clay.

divers found already in 2014 some of his teeth and bones, as they sought in Central America, in a lake, according to Mayan artifacts. The Remains of US were able to see that the extinct animal (Eremotherium laurillardi) was adapted really well to its environment and the climate, as you write in the journal “Science Advances”.

As the several tons of heavy sloth lived, it was in his living room in present-day Belize dry. Today there is a tropical jungle. The researchers identified teeth in the Tests on the lazy animal-that the animal has eaten in the last year of his leaves of trees and Grass, depending on whether it was dry or wet. “We were able to see that this is a large, social living beings could rather easily in the dry climate adjust, by using its food to the surrounded what was available and he tasted,” said anthropologist Jean Larmon, of the University of Illinois.

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