Science Advances published an article on what possibly may have been a Ground Sloth Hunt by humans.
Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America
David Bustos,1 Jackson Jakeway,1 Tommy M. Urban,2 Vance T. Holliday,3,4 Brendan Fenerty,4David A. Raichlen,3 Marcin Budka,5 Sally C. Reynolds,5 Bruce D. Allen,6 David W. Love,6Vincent L. Santucci,7 Daniel Odess,8 Patrick Willey,9
H. Gregory McDonald,10 Matthew R. Bennett5*
Predator-prey interactions revealed by vertebrate trace fossils are extremely rare. We present footprint evidence from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico for the association of sloth and human trackways. Geologically, the sloth and human trackways were made contemporaneously, and the sloth trackways show evidence of evasion and defensive behavior when associated with human tracks. Behavioral inferences from these trackways indicate prey selection and suggest that humans were harassing, stalking, and/or hunting the now-extinct giant ground sloth in the terminal Pleistocene. Read the scientific article…