Jefferson Ground Sloth
West Virginia State Fossil
This skeleton measures 8ft tall. Custom mounting and poses available.
Megalonyx jeffersoni ground sloth skeleton cast replica.
Megalonyx skeleton cast measures: 8 ft tall
$20,000 (plus shipping)
This skeleton is also available for rent!
This skeleton ships in two crates. Shipping size is: 1 Pallet – 530 pounds 72 x 43 x 62
and 1 Crate – 300 pounds 97 x 37 x 35
Please call (314) 556-0650 or email us for more pictures or information.
We can mount skeleton in any pose. We can also custom paint any color.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Superorder: Xenarthra, Order: Pilosa, Family: Megalonychidae (Gervais, 1855), Subfamily: Megalonychinae, Genus: Megalonyx (Jefferson, 1799), Species: Megalonyx matthisi (Hirschfeld & Webb, 1963) Megalonyx wheatleyi (Cope, 1871) Megalonyx leptostomus (Cope, 1893) Megalonyx jeffersonii (Desmarest, 1822)
Megalonyx skeleton cast replica.
President, Thomas Jefferson, scientifically described fossil bones given to him by saltpeter miners found in a Monroe County cave in 1797. Jefferson thought they were the claws of a giant cat. In 1799 Casper Wistar re-described the bones as a new species of extinct giant ground sloth and named it in honor of President Jefferson. Only recently have the bones been Carbon 14 dated at over 38,000 years old.
Megalonyx jeffersonii became the official State Fossil of West Virginia in March 2008