Giant sloth replica on display at National Museum

The Mega-T Giant Sloth displayed at the National Museum. (Government Information Agency photo)

A replica of a giant sloth, re-created from old fossils, is now on display at the National Museum.

The Mega-T Giant Sloth displayed at the National Museum. (Government Information Agency photo)

The Megatherium Giant Sloth exhibition was officially unveiled last Friday by the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) and Eerepami Regenwaldstiftiftung of Germany, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.

The giant sloth, thought to be one of the largest mammals that walked the earth, died during the Ice Age. It is believed that it originated in the tropical rainforest in South America and carried a height of about 15 feet and weighed approximately three tonnes. Megatherium was a gigantic ground sloth that weighed as much as an African elephant with huge claws, much like tree sloths.

Bones of the sloth were discovered by miners around Omai and the Oko Creek, Cuyuni River, in 1999, and were donated to the Museum by Michael Vieira. The replica, which stands on its hind legs with outstretched paws and its head almost touching the ceiling of the display room, costs approximately $10M, is surrounded by replicas of the forest, with accompanying wild animals and exotic flowers.

GINA noted that the discovery has brought the country under the radar of palaeontologists and other prehistoric research bodies. It added that it is hoped that students in particular would be able to appreciate the fauna that existed for over 10,000 years.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who was present at the unveiling, said that he was proud of the achievement of the Ministry of Culture and he thanked the generous sponsors who contributed to the re-creation of the giant creature.

Minister of Culture Dr. Frank Anthony said that he wanted to make this new project available to the public in a way that is engaging and full of fun. He added that the ministry will continue to embrace current and new partners as they pioneer new research into the past and add new information to increase human knowledge.

Meanwhile, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Eerepami Regenwaldsti-ftiftung, Germany, Sven Ullrich, said he was honoured that he and his country had a chance to participate in a project that directs the people to the richness of Guyana. Chief Executive Officer of GBTI John Tracey also congratulated Minister Anthony and his team for the exhibit, which he said created another historical attraction for the country.


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