Ahytherium aureum Cartelle, De Iuliis & Pujos, 2008



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Iporangabradyx collecti Dos Santos, 1991 (nomen nudum)


Conservation Status


Last record: Quaternary (Late Pleistocene?)





Biology & Ecology

May have been a climber (Santos et al., 2023).









Original scientific description:

Cartelle, C., De Iuliis, G. and Pujos, F. (2008). A new species of Megalonychidae (Mammalia, Xenarthra) from the Quaternary of Poço Azul (Bahia, Brazil). Comptes Rendus Palevol. 7(6): 335-346.


Other references:

da Costa, João Paulo. (2023). Record of a juvenile of Ahytherium aureum from the Late Pleistocene of the Brazilian Intertropical Region: radiocarbon dating, isotopic palaeoecology and evidence of predation by a Felidae. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Dantas, Mário A. T. (2022). Estimating the body mass of the Late Pleistocene megafauna from the South America Intertropical Region and a new regression to estimate the body mass of extinct xenarthrans. Journal of South American Earth Sciences.

Dantas, Mário A. T., Campbell, Sean Cody and McDonald, H. Gregory. (2023). Paleoecological inferences about the Late Quaternary giant ground sloths from the Americas. Research Square preprint.

Dantas, Mário André Trindade and Santos, Adaiana M. A. (2022). Inferring the paleoecology of the Late Pleistocene giant ground sloths from the Brazilian Intertropical Region. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 117: 103899.

Ghilardi, Aline Marcele et al. (2011). Megafauna from the Late Pleistocene-Holocene deposits of the Upper Ribeira karst area, southeast Brazil. Quaternary International 245: 369-378.

McDonald, H. Gregory. (2023). A Tale of Two Continents (and a Few Islands): Ecology and Distribution of Late Pleistocene Sloths. Land 12(6): 1192.

Santos, Adaiana Marta Andrade, Mcdonald, H. Gregory and Dantas, Mário André Trindade. (2023). Inferences of the ecological habits of extinct giant sloths from the Brazilian Intertropical Region. Journal of Quaternary Science.


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