27,000-year-old tooth reveals hidden insights into the lives of Giant Sloths in Belize

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Giant Sloths in Belize
Giant sloth tooth discovered in a Belize sinkhole. Credit: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An ancient tooth has shed interesting new light on the life forms that existed in the Belize region centuries ago. The discovery starts with the fossilized tooth of a giant sloth.

In 2014, divers looking for Maya artifacts found the fossilized tooth and femur of the giant sloth. Recently, researchers from the University of Illinois and the National Science Foundation studied the remains. They concluded that in prehistoric times, Belize was not a jungle at all, but a dry plain that was almost a desert. The sloth apparently dove into a sinkhole in search of water to drink. It was unable to climb back out and died there. Centuries later, the sloth's tooth has given us a whole new understanding of prehistoric Belize.

Belize has always been a place where you can find historical mystery and modern adventure. It's an ideal location for anyone who wants to combine learning with fun.

You can start your own exploration with a visit to one of the many Maya sites in Belize. Explore the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, ranked by many travel sites as one of the top, must-see caves in the world. This cave tour takes you through miles of inner chambers hung with stalactites and filled with ancient Maya artifacts.

If you want to add even more fun to your cave exploration, sign up for a cave tubing tour. Float down a crystal-clear stream in an inner tube and into a network of caves. Like the ATM, these caves were ancient Maya ceremonial sites. You can still see the evidence of that history.

Belize is full of opportunities to learn while having fun. Visit one of the many nature preserves and sanctuaries to learn about the rare and exotic species that call Belize home. Visit jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, toucans, manatees, howler monkeys and more in their natural habitat. Belize is a magnet for eco-tourists and anyone who wants a vacation that immerses them in nature.

If you want an extraordinary Belize vacation, stay in an extraordinary Belize resort. At Cahal Pech, you'll find comfortable accommodations in a tropical setting. Our vacation packages focus on the most exciting parts of a Belize adventure.

Our resort also offers you a bar, three swimming pools, spa services, outstanding dining and wonderful views of the Belize River Valley. We can even arrange all of your tours and transportation in Belize. Call us today for the perfect Belize getaway.

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