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Giant Ground Sloth

 
 
Giant Ground Sloth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 30, 2011
1. Giant Ground Sloth Marker
Inscription. On this site in 1975 was found the best preserved and most complete giant ground sloth ever found in North America.

The sloth weighed three to five tons, stood thirteen feet tall and was a vegetarian.

An estimated fifty species of animals were unearthed approximately twelve feet below the surface of the ground. The age of these findings is estimated to be 130,000 years old.
 
Location. 29° 9.137′ N, 81° 0.988′ W. Marker is in South Daytona, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from South Nova Road south of Reed Canal Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of Reed Canal Park, a public park of the City of South Daytona. Marker is at or near this postal address: 919 Reed Canal Road, Daytona Beach FL 32119, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florida Hammock Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bongoland (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Sugar Cane Machinery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Destruction of Dunlawton Plantation (approx. one mile away); Confederate Oak (approx. one mile away); Spanish Mills and Bongoland
Giant Ground Sloth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 30, 2011
2. Giant Ground Sloth Marker
At the top right are the Reed Canal Park pavilions.
(approx. one mile away); Living on the Edge (approx. one mile away); Dunlawton's Building Blocks (approx. one mile away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is situated along the lake on a rock near the park pavilions.
 
Regarding Giant Ground Sloth. The fossil skeleton of the giant ground sloth is on display a few miles north at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach.
 
Also see . . .
1. Florida History Center at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Daytona Beach museum's page detailing their Giant Ground Sloth fossil exhibit. (Submitted on August 2, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 

2. Ground Sloth - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Eremotherium laurilardi
 
Categories. AnimalsPaleontology
 
Giant Ground Sloth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 30, 2011
3. Giant Ground Sloth Marker
Along the lake at Reed Canal Park
Turtles at Reed Canal Park Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 30, 2011
4. Turtles at Reed Canal Park
Among the species now inhabiting the park are these turtles.
The lake at Reed Canal Park Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 30, 2011
5. The lake at Reed Canal Park
The lake is popular for fishing and model sailboat running.
Giant Ground Sloth at Dunlawton Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, August 13, 2010
6. Giant Ground Sloth at Dunlawton Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens
The nearby gardens feature this rather ill-proportioned model of a giant ground sloth, one of the remnants of a 1950's era tourist attraction (see nearby "Bongoland" historical marker).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 788 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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