Paramylodon, Harlan's Ground sloth, Pleisrocene, Rancholabrean
Harlan's ground sloth, Paramylodon harlani, is documented for the first time from Iowa. The record is based on a fifth metacarpal recovered from a gravel bar within West Tarkio Creek, Page County. While the specimen was not found in situ, and could not be radiocarbon dated, the local geology suggests that it was probably derived from sediments that post-date Peorian loess deposition and is late Wisconsinan in age. This specimen extends the range of Paramylodon 350 km ro the northeast of the closest previously known locality. Its size is slightly larger than average for other late Pleisrocene (Rancholabrean) individuals of Paramylodon harlani
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
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McDonald, H. Gregory
"Harlan's Ground Sloth (Paramylodon harlant) (Xenarthra: Mylodontidae) from the Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) of Iowa,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS, 119(1-4), 16-21.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol119/iss1/5