Sloths of the Atlantic Forest in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

  title={Sloths of the Atlantic Forest in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.},
  author={Danielle de Oliveira Moreira and S{\'e}rgio Lucena Mendes},
  journal={Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias},
  volume={88 3 Suppl},
Sloths were a curiosity item for Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries, and several descriptions of them exist in bestiaries and texts of that time. Here, we assemble the descriptions and drawings of sloths from the travellers and naturalists of those centuries in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The sloth was a novelty to the European audience, and it was described in many strange and inaccurate ways: as a monster, a beast, or an odd child. It served as a source of admiration, amusement, and… 
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