Megatherium americanum - skull fragment

Specimen number: NHMUK PV M 16589

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Taxon: Megatherium americanum

Description: Fragment of the cranium (posterior part of right zygomatic arch)

Site: Punta Alta, Argentina

Age: Late Pleistocene to early Holocene (between 126,000 and 8,000 years old)

Collection: Collected between September and October 1832 or between August and September 1833 by Charles Darwin (specific date was not recorded)

Comments: This is a fragment of the right cheek bone. It was first attributed to Charles Darwin in the Royal College of Surgeons 1845 catalogue.

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Pip Brewer, Kate Burton, Adrian Lister (2018). Dataset: Darwin's Fossil Mammals. Resource: Megatherium americanum - skull fragment. Natural History Museum Data Portal (

Retrieved: 10:13 17 Jul 2019 (GMT)

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