Megalonyx jeffersonii, ground sloth claw, 3rd distal phalange, Now The Official State Fossil Of West
Megalonyx jeffersonii, ground sloth claw, 3rd distal phalange, Now The Official State Fossil Of West
Megalonyx jeffersonii, ground sloth claw, 3rd distal phalange, Now The Official State Fossil Of West
Megalonyx jeffersonii, ground sloth claw, 3rd distal phalange, Now The Official State Fossil Of West
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Megalonyx jeffersonii, ground sloth claw, 3rd distal phalange, Now The Official State Fossil Of West

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Megalonyx jeffersonii
Jefferson Ground Sloth
West Virginia State Fossil

3rd Distal Phalange

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 year old.

Megalonyx jeffersonii became the official State Fossil of West Virginia in March, 2008 thanks to the efforts of Ray & Mary Ellen Garton, Robert Pyle, Hassan Amjad, Dave Phillips, Mike Burdiss, Roman Prezioso.
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