Proplatyarthrus

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Proplatyarthrus
Temporal range: Early Pleistocene - Early Holocene
Proplatyarthrus talus bone.jpg
Talus bone of Proplatyarthrus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Xenarthra
Order: Pilosa
Family: Megalonychidae
Genus: Proplatyarthrus
Ameghino (1905)

Proplatyarthrus is an extinct genus of ground sloth of the family Megalonychidae, endemic to Chubut Province, Argentina in South America.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Proplatyarthrus was named and a talus bone described by Ameghino (1905).[2] It was assigned to Megalonychidae by Carroll (1988).[3]

Sister genera[edit]

Acratocnus, Ahytherium (syn. Iporangabradyx, Iporangabradyx collecti), Analcimorphus, Choloepus, Diheterocnus, Hyperleptus, Megalocnus, Megalonychops, Megalonychotherium, Megalonyx (syn. Morotherium), Meizonyx, Mesocnus, Microcnus, Miocnus, Pliometanastes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Proplatyarthrus, basic info
  2. ^ Ameghino, 1905, p.59
  3. ^ R. L. Carroll. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York 1-698

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