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Florida Pleistocene Giant Ground Sloth Vertebra?


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I found this vertebra in Bartow county Florida along with some other mammal Pleistocene fossils. It was found in close proximity to some deer antler pieces and Mastodon incisor pieces. I found an almost identical vertebra online that said that it was a giant ground sloth vertebrae. The piece is heavily mineralized. Any opinions on this vertebra would be greatly appreciated. It has a diameter of 2 1/2 inches and a width of 1 1/2 inches.

 

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  • Fossildude19 changed the title to Florida Pleistocene Giant Ground Sloth Vertebra?

Nice Find !!!!

Looks like the Epiphysis is not attached.. === juvenile if I understand correctly.

@PrehistoricFlorida is a TFF member and currently has outstanding photos of a Paramylodon garbanii Vertebrae...

https://www.online.com/itm/TOP-QUALITY-SLOTH-CAUDAL-VERTEBRA-FLORIDA-FOSSILS-CLAW-CORE-BONES-TOOTH-TEETH-FL-/174131887081

There seems to be some differences, but I believe you are on a correct path. How about specifying the measurements (i.e 3 inch diameter, 2 inch width )?

 

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Harry Pristis

Sorry, I don't recognize any diagnostic characters in this juvenile centrum.

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Stagmooser

It's a sloth thoracic vertebrae probably megalonyx

 

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