Some Of Your Favorite Animals Used To Be Terrifying Giants

A long time ago in a galaxy that’s actually the one we’re in now, giant animals called “megafauna” roamed the Earth. While many of them looked like the animals we would find on this planet today, they were actually much larger in size. Much, much larger. After all, some creatures had to fill the void that was left open when those silly dinosaurs kicked the bucket. See how some of your favorite animals compare to their colossal cousins from the past! (I never knew something cuddly could be so scary…)

1. Megatherium/Sloth

Megatherium Sloth
These super-sized sloths stood around 23 feet tall and weighed over seven tons.

2. Glyptodon/Armadillo

Glyptodon Armadillo
This ancestor to the armadillo was roughly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.

3. Paraceratherium/Rhinoceros

Paraceratherium Rhinoceros
Thought to be the largest land mammal ever, Paraceratherium weighed around 12 tons and stood about 16 feet tall.

4. Castoroide/Beaver

Castoroide Beaver
These bigger beavers grew to be about 8 feet tall and could weigh over 200 pounds.

5. Haast’s Eagle/Eagle

Haast's Eagle Eagle
With a wingspan of around 10 feet and weight of about 30 pounds, these were some BIG birds.

6. Diprotodon/Wombat

At about 6,200 pounds, these Diprotodon weighed around the same as 140 of their modern day relatives.

Wow. The only thing bigger than those megafauna are the changes. I can’t imagine a time when I’d be afraid of a sloth. Well, not one that doesn’t involve me watching “The Goonies” at least. Share this post with your friends.