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Temporal range: Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Xenarthra
Infraorder: Pilosa
Family: Megalonychidae
Genus: Miocnus
Matthew (1931)
  • M. antillensis (Type)

Miocnus is an extinct genus of giant ground sloths of the family Megalonychidae endemic to Cuba during the Pleistocene epoch through very early Pliocene epoch, living from 1.8 Mya—11,000 years ago, existing for approximately 1.5 million years.[1]


Miocnus was named by Matthew (1931). Its type is Miocnus antillensis. It was assigned to Megalonychidae by Matthew (1931).[2]

Fossil distribution[edit]

Sites and ages of specimen (complete list):


  1. ^ http://paleodb.org/cgi-bin/bridge.pl?action=displayCollectionDetails&collection_no=37704 Paleobiology database: Casimba collection.
  2. ^ W. D. Matthew. 1931. Genera and new species of ground sloths from the Pleistocene of Cuba. American Museum Novitates 511:1-5