Footprints prove humans hunted giant sloths during the Ice Age

Once-hidden prints, visible only in certain conditions, detail a dramatic chase

giant ground sloths, Megatherium

PREDATOR OR PREY?  Giant ground sloths like Megatherium, illustrated here, were elephant-sized herbivores that, with sharp claws and thick muscle, would have been difficult for prehistoric humans to hunt — though that doesn’t appear to have been a deterrent.

Jaime Chirinos/Science Source

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Archaeology

From the Nature Index

Paid Content