Megatherium was a giant ground sloth from the Ice Age. He stood
about 10+ feet (some sources say up to 29 feet), and was roughly the size of an elephant. The first fossil of this beast was
found in Brazil in 1789. Richard Owen named Megatherium in 1856.
The Marx Megatherium is a good representation of the animal,
save the fact that the figure is flat-footed. Megatherium walked on the sides of his feet, rather than on the bottoms. I'm
not sure if he was made flat-footed because it was easier to cast the mold that way, or if they just overlooked that little
detail. At any rate, it is a minor detail, and doesn't detract from the figure at all.
Meaning: "Giant Beast"
Height: Over 10' tall
Time Period: Pleistocene
Epoch (2,000,000 m.y.a. to 11,000 y.a.)
and South America