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This Newly Recognized Sloth Species Has a Head Like a Coconut

Maned sloths were thought to be one species, but genetic and physical analysis suggests there are actually two

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September 28, 2022

The new species of sloth identified

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The world has one more species of sloth than previously thought. Maned sloths live in a small belt of forest in Brazil and analysis now suggests that the southern ones are a different species from those found further north.

Three-toed sloths were conventionally thought to be divided into four species. One: the maned sloth (Bradypus torquatus) – sports a shock of coarse brown hair, making the head look like a shelled coconut.

But there were signs that not all maned sloths were the same, he says. Daniel…

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