Metro unearths prehistoric sloth fossil under Crenshaw Boulevard

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On more than one occasion, Metro’s tunnel excavators have been thrust into the role of amateur paleontologists as they serendipitously stumble upon fossils. They have unearthed the bones of ancient camels, elephants, and bison. Now they can add an prehistoric sloth to their menagerie of prehistoric finds, reports the Source.

The discovery was made in sandy clay some 16 feet below Crenshaw Boulevard, between 63rd Street and Hyde Park Boulevard. That’s where workers are digging for the upcoming Crenshaw Line.

Paleontologists at the Paleo Solutions lab working in tandem with the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum identified the bone fragment as the hip joint of a giant sloth.

They say the hip may have once belonged to a Harlan’s ground sloth, a 10-foot long, 1,500-pound creature that roamed Los Angeles during the late Pleistocene era, according to the Source. It has been extinct for at least 10,000 years.

Found during Crenshaw/LAX Line work: more fossils, this time a sloth https://t.co/fqXOttU7bSpic.twitter.com/Lp2eSjwnib

— Metro (@metrolosangeles) June 1, 2017

Bones belonging to ground sloth and ancient bison found during work on Crenshaw/LAX Line. https://t.co/fqXOttU7bSpic.twitter.com/sNFhZ1Tvoq

— Metro (@metrolosangeles) June 1, 2017

Also unearthed at the same time was a bison’s right proximal radius. The fossils will most likely be donated to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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