Panamerican Ground Sloth

  • Scientific name: Eremotherium laurillardi. Prior to 1995, there were three distinct species, but subsequent fossil discoveries did not support speciation.
  • Range: North, Central, South America. Now its home is in our hearts/Boyd lobby.
  • Era of majestic earth-roaming: Late Pleistocene
  • SouthPaw was excavated from the Watkins Quarry by the Brantley/Voorhies team in 1973.
  • SouthPaw is struggling in the mud, but the ground sloths were bipedal, roughly 6m tall, and weighed over 3 tons.
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  • Hulbert, R.C. & Pratt, A.E. (1998). New Pleistocene (rancholabrean) verterbrate faunas from coastal Georgia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 18(2). 412-429. Retrieved from
  • Kurten, B. (1980). Pleistocene mammals of North America. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.