“War” between man and giant sloth

  The sloth we see now is a kind of slow-moving animal that lives on the tree and is loved by people. But you know what? In the past, there were many types of sloths. Some lived on the ground and were as big as elephants; some burrowed; some even preyed in the sea. It is a pity that they are all extinct and we can only see these sloths in the fossils.
  In the White Sands National Reserve of New Mexico, archeologists have found more than 100 fossils of footprints, which are very large and left behind by the giant sloths that have long since become extinct. The giant sloth is not as cute as the sloth we know now. It is the largest known sloth in the world. It is as big as an elephant and as tall as a giraffe, even if it is very bulky. , It is still used to rely on two hind legs to stand up and walk, standing height of about 3.6 meters. Don’t look at the giant sloth so huge, in fact, it is a docile herbivore, and its 50 cm long sharp claws are only used to break branches.
  Back to the topic of footprints. Among the many footprints found, archaeologists were surprised that a human slot was overlaid on a giant sloth footprint about 50 cm long. A lot of human footprints have also been found around other giant sloth footprints that have been found, and archeologists have also found traces of footprints around the giant sloth in a circle around several places. These footprints are by no means a coincidence, and archeologists speculate that they were formed by crowds hunting giant sloths. Based on these giant sloths and human footprints, archeologists roughly reproduce the scene at the time.
  At that time, humans were tracking giant sloths in order to hunt this behemoth. The reason for choosing to hunt giant sloths is that giant sloths are relatively milder than other beasts, not aggressive, and because of their large size, they can provide humans with ample food. Because the giant sloth has strong arms and sharp claws, it will be fatal if hit. Therefore, humans do not dare to approach the giant sloth easily. Instead, they choose to use long-range siege and constantly harass, such as throwing stones at the giant sloth or smashing the giant sloth with a long stick, in order to consume its physical strength. . The scared giant sloth kept running away, and humans followed closely behind, so there was that overlapping footprint; humans rely on the quantity advantage to surround the giant sloth. At this time, the giant sloth will enter a state of defense and rely on The hind legs constantly change their positions to prevent themselves from being hurt by human weapons. Archeologists believe that the circular footprints of giant sloths are formed by constantly moving their footsteps.
  We cannot know who won this war, but it is conceivable that a large number of humans should have an advantage. Archaeologists speculate that the disappearance of large wild animals such as giant sloths in the past may be related to human predation.
  In fact, this is not the first time that scientists have made such a guess. As human activities become more frequent, most large wild animals have disappeared. This used to be the case, and even more so now. Human activities have a tremendous impact on the survival of large wildlife. If no measures are taken, large wild animals will completely disappear from the earth in the near future.