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Ancient Sloths Went Swimming
2014-03-13 05:04:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris say ancient sloths once spent some of their time in the ocean. Sloths are known as tree dwellers, but the latest research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B says that these creatures use to head out into the sea about five to eight million years ago. The team came to this conclusion after analyzing Peruvian sloth fossils belonging to five different...


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2006-12-12 14:02:32

The Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus) is a three-toed sloth that inhabits tropical rainforests from southern Central America to northeastern Argentina. This sloth lives high in the canopy. It has almost no tail or external ears. Its head is slightly rounded with a blunt nose. The body is covered with long and course hair. Very small green algae sometimes live in the pits of the hair, which gives the sloth an overall greenish appearance that serves as camouflage. Male...

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2006-12-12 14:00:13

The Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth, Bradypus variegatus, is a species of sloth from Central and South America. It is the most widespread and common species of the group. It is found in many different kinds of environments, including evergreen and dry forests. Also, in highly unsettled natural areas. It is a solitary, nocturnal and daily animal, feeding on leaves of many species of trees. The female of the species is known to emit a loud shrill, during the mating season to attract...

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2006-12-12 13:47:47

Silky Anteater or Pygmy Anteater (Cyclopes didactylus) is a species of anteater from Central and South America. It ranges from extreme southern Mexico south to Brazil and possibly Paraguay. It is the only species in the Cyclopes genus and the Cyclopedidae family. It is the smallest member of the anteaters, with total length ranging from 14.71 to 17.72 in (360 to 450 mm) and usually weighing less than 14.11 oz (400 g). It has a dense and soft golden brown fur, short snout, prehensile tail...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'