It indicates that Neomylodon was more closely related to today's two-toed tree sloth
than to the modern three-toed tree sloth
and that it was only a distant cousin of anteaters and opossums.
My wife gave a brief explanation for what we imagined was a common problem - it was not as though we were seeking the eradication of zombies, piranha or three-toed tree sloths
Researchers collected data on the maximum size for major groups of land mammals on each continent, including Perissodactyla, odd-toed ungulates such as horses and rhinos; Proboscidea, which includes elephants, mammoth and mastodon; Xenarthra, the anteaters, tree sloths
, and armadillos; as well as a number of other extinct groups.
The animals with the closest proportions to our bat are tree sloths
, which hang under branches, and gibbons, monkeys that swing from branch to branch in dense forests.
Unfortunately the genera of modern tree sloths have no known fossil representatives and it is unclear how closely related Paramylodon is to extant taxa.
Two genera of tree sloths live today in Central and South America, the two-toed sloth, Choloepus, and the three-toed sloth, Bradypus.