The Giant Ground Sloth


MOAS welcomed back the historic Giant Ground Sloth to public viewing in May 2011. After being kept behind closed doors due to 2009 flooding, the sloth is again on display as part of the Museum's permanent collection. The impressive 13-foot tall skeleton of the Eremotherium laurillardi or Giant Ground Sloth was excavated in 1975, in an important Pleistocene fossil site called the Daytona Bone Bed. Dr. Gordon Edmund, Curator of Vertebrate Palenontology at Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, identified and reconstructed the sloth for MOAS. 

The Cuban Foundation Museum, the African artifacts exhibit and the Giant Ground Sloth skeleton have been moved and reinstalled into their new permenant homes in the West Wing. The West Wing will be opening to the public on October 30, 2015!