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    <p class=”mol-para-with-font”>An extinct ground sloth that lived in South America up to 1.8 million years ago was not a strict vegetarian like most of its living relatives because it likely ate meat, a study has found.</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Researchers said the gigantic 10ft-long creature was an omnivore that at times consumed meat as well as plants.</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>It had long been thought that Mylodon darwinii, diabetes medications flesh eating lawyers also known as ‘Darwin’s ground sloth’, was a herbivore because the majority of living sloths only eat leaves, fruit and twigs, although some occasionally snack on an insect or bird eggs. </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>However, chemical analysis of amino acids preserved in the ancient sloth’s hair revealed evidence of animal protein, suggesting they may have been scavengers.</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>’Whether they were sporadic scavengers or opportunistic consumers of animal protein can’t be determined from our research, but we now have strong evidence contradicting the long-standing presumption that all sloths were obligate herbivores,’ said lead author Julia Tejada, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. </p><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Meat eater: An extinct sloth that lived in South America up to 1.8 million years ago was not a strict vegetarian like most of its living relatives because it likely ate meat, a study has found </div> <noscript> Meat eater: An extinct sloth that lived in South America up to 1.8 million years ago was not a strict vegetarian like most of its living relatives because it likely ate meat, a study has found </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Meat eater: An extinct sloth that lived in South America up to 1.8 million years ago was not a strict vegetarian like most of its living relatives because it likely ate meat, a study has found</p></div><div class=”art-ins mol-factbox sciencetech floatRHS” data-version=”2″ id=”mol-6a7fe290-2747-11ec-8a67-5939f167287a” website sloth &apos;was not a strict vegetarian like its living relatives&apos;

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