Our Bravest Ancestors May Have Hunted Giant Sloths

Or maybe they were just having fun?

Popular Science
Apr 27, 2018 · 3 min read
A dramatic rendering of a giant sloth being confronted by human hunters. Alex McClelland, Bournemouth University

By Sara Chodosh

You might think a ground sloth would be easy to kill. Surely you could just, you know, walk right up to it. They’re so slow. What’s it gonna do, walk away from you at half a mile per hour?

You’ll also discover more fresh thinking personalized to your interests and can follow your favorite authors, publications, and topics.
Or, continue in mobile web
Already have an account? Sign in

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store