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Florentino Ameghino

Florentino Ameghino (19 September 1853 – 6 August 1911) was an Argentine naturalist, palaeontologist, anthropologist, and zoologist who, along with his brother Carlos Ciriaco Ameghino (16 June 1865 – 12 April 1936), made many important palaeontological discoveries in Patagonia and the Argentine pampas.

Ameghino propounded his belief that Patagonian ground sloth was still alive in Argentina and Chile based on exceptionally well-preserved hide, and reported a sighting of a giant sloth-like animal made by Ramon Lista.[1][2] He and Carlos also collected reports of the iemisch, which he connected with his giant sloth,[3] and Carlos discovered some of the first evidence that toxodonts survived much longer than previously thought.[4]

Notes and references

  1. Ameghino, Florentino (1898) An Existing Ground-Sloth in Patagonia
  2. Heuvelmans, Bernard (1955) On the Track of Unknown Animals
  3. Whittall, Austin (2012) Patagonian Monsters
  4. Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology