Item Number: DI22

"Megajeff" is a nearly complete skeleton of a Megalonyx jeffersonii giant ground sloth that once existed within the natural history collections at Indiana University. Surviving fossilization, railroad transport, and fire, the specimen was ultimately destroyed by a lack of understanding of the importance of natural history collections.



Sturgeon, P. R., Mowery, N. B., and Motz, G. J., 2019, Resurrecting Megajeff--uncovering the hidden history of IU’s lost Megalonyx jeffersonii: Indiana Geological and Water Survey Digital Information 22, https://igws.indiana.edu/megajeff.


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