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The mystery of the origin of fairy armadillos is finally solved
Monday 23 January 2012

In a study recently published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, IUCN/SSC Anteater, Sloth & Armadillo Specialist Group members Frédéric Delsuc and Mariella Superina solved the riddle of the origin of the two species of fairy armadillos (or pichiciegos). Phylogenetic analyses of these small South American animals showed that both species shared a direct common ancestor and separated about 17 million years ago, supporting their classification in two distinct gene...

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We're back online in three languages - and on facebook!
Saturday 21 January 2012

We're back online! In our constant effort to improve communication with our readers, we are pleased to inform you that our website is now available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. We would also like to invite you to join us on Facebook  to ensure you don't miss the latest gossip from the Xenarthra world!

We're updating our website
Tuesday 08 November 2011

We are currently updating our website and will be back soon. Please be patient. Thank you!


El día 22 de octubre se celebrará el Día Internacional del Perezoso
Thursday 20 October 2011

El Día Internacional del Perezoso nació como resultado del primer encuentro internacional sobre el bienestar y conservación de perezosos, realizado en Medellín, Colombia, en noviembre del año 2010. A partir de este año, el día sábado de la tercera semana del mes de octubre será el día internacional del perezoso.
Como su nombre lo indica, el evento se realizará en diferentes países del mundo, en los cuales...

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SIMPOSIO “Conservación de Xenartros”, Miércoles 9/11, 9 AM, La Plata, Argentina.
Tuesday 18 October 2011

En el marco de la XXIV Jornadas Argentinas de Mastozoología (8 al 11/11, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina) se llevará a cabo una reunión sobre distintos proyectos de conservación de xenartros.
El Simposio será coordinado por el Dr. Agustín M. Abba y en el mismo se expondrán las siguientes conferencias:
- "La conservación de los armadillos en Bolivia: ¿Prioridad o tendencia oportunista?"  PhD. Cué...

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We're having problems with our contact form
Wednesday 12 October 2011

We don't seem to receive all messages sent to us via the contact form. If you have sent us a message but haven't heard back from us, please email us directly at We apologize for the inconvenience and are looking forward to hearing from you!

Who's slow? The Sloth Action Plan: Broad conservation strategies and future plans
Saturday 01 October 2011

We are happy to announce that our Specialist Group has started developing an Action Plan for sloths!
Action Plans assess the conservation status of species and their habitats and outline conservation priorities. They provide guidelines for governments, conservation specialists, and other stakeholders interested in contributing to the long-term survival of species.
We invite you to download the detailed description of our ambitious project. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you...

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Edentata - Call for papers
Thursday 07 July 2011

Edentata, the newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group, is inviting authors to submit contributions for the upcoming issue of Edentata.
We plan to publish Edentata 12 in December 2011. The deadline for submitting manuscripts is August 15. We kindly remind you that updated instructions for authors are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese at Edentata's website,

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