Megalonyx jeffersonii Desmarest 1822 (Jefferson's ground sloth)

Mammalia - Xenarthra - Megalonychidae

Alternative combinations: Megalonyx jeffersoni, Megatherium jeffersonii

Synonyms: Ereptodon priscus Leidy 1855, Megalonyx brachycephalus Stovall and McAnulty 1950, Megalonyx californicus Stock 1913, Megalonyx dissimilis Leidy 1855, Megalonyx hogani Stovall 1940, Megalonyx laqueatus Harlan 1831, Megalonyx leidyi Lindahl 1893, Megalonyx milleri Lyon 1938, Megalonyx priscus Leidy 1855, Megalonyx sierrensis Sinclair 1905

Belongs to Megalonyx according to H. G. McDonald and V. L. Naples 2007

See also Forster and Spamer 1986, Gazin 1935, Hay 1902, Hutchison 1987, Kurten and Anderson 1980, Lundelius 1972, Olson 1940, Slaughter 1966, Stovall and McAnulty 1950 and Thurmond and Jones 1981

Sister taxa: Megalonyx curvidens, Megalonyx gigas, Megalonyx gracilis, Megalonyx leptostomus, Megalonyx mathisi, Megalonyx obtusidens, Megalonyx validus, Megalonyx wheatleyi

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Canada (2: Northwest Territories, Yukon collections), United States (34: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia)

Total: 36 collections each including a single occurrence

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