The Mylodon statue in front of the cave in Patagonia in southern Chile today keeps telling visitors the stories 2 million years ago, when the 10-feet-long sloth-alike creature made its living here on plants.
The Mylodon Cave became known to the world in 1895 when settlers came and found skin and tooth that attested to the 500-pound furry animal’s existence.
Numerous scientific expeditions ensued, while looters followed to dig in the cave for debris to be sold to collectors and museums mainly in Europe.
In 1968, this area was declared a historical site by the Ministry of Education of Chile. In 1993, it was named the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and enlisted to the state’s Protected Areas System.
For its archaeological value and the surrounding scenery, the cave has become a hot sight-seeing spot and even a must stop for tourists flocking to the Torres del Paine National Park just 60 kilometers away.