Megalonyx jeffersonii

West Virginia State Fossil

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Giant prehistoric sloth Megalonyx jeffersonii

Model of giant prehistoric sloth Megalonyx jeffersonii; photo by Jim Brace-Thompson / American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (used by permission). 

Megalonyx jeffersonii

West Virginia designated Megalonyx jeffersonii (a giant prehistoric ground sloth) as the official state fossil in 2008.

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Images

Skull cast of prehistoric ground sloth fossil; photo by Jim Brace-Thompson / American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (used by permission).  

Skull cast of prehistoric ground sloth

Megalonyx jeffersonii (Edentata: Jefferson's giant ground sloth); photo by S. Fitzpatrick on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Megalonyx jeffersoni -  Jefferson's giant ground sloth

Videos

Giant Ground Sloth - Museum of Life - BBC Two