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Subject:Extinct animals
Time:11:59 pm
Mentioning Prehistoric Park has given me an idea for some fanfic, but it needs a land animal that went extinct say 5000-10000 years ago, somewhere with a hot or desert climate, and would be interesting enough for a time-travelling zoo to want some. Any suggestions?
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beer_good_foamy
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Time:2014-10-10 11:32 pm (UTC)
Sabertoothed cats?
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ffutures
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Time:2014-10-11 01:51 am (UTC)
No; good idea but they did them in episode 4 of the original series.
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ggreig
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Time:2014-10-10 11:40 pm (UTC)
I think my favourite would be the Glyptodon (there's a good example at the Natural History Museum). Hot climate - South and Central America - but not desert; thought to be wet grassland. Very striking visually though.

Second choice would be Megatherium, the giant sloth of South America.

Both went extinct about 10,000 years ago.
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ffutures
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Time:2014-10-11 01:50 am (UTC)
Both would be good - thanks!
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ggreig
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Time:2014-10-11 12:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting little snippet about the Glyptodon is that they're always found upside down. This is part of the identification of their habitat - it's thought that when they died, they floated in the water before getting stuck somewhere and buried. Don't know if that could be worked into anything.

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ffutures
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Time:2014-10-11 12:54 pm (UTC)
Poor buggers, must have been a pain lugging all that armour around. Afraid I'm probably going to go with dire wolves though, they're a better fit to the story I want to tell. Although if their habitat overlapped that would work well, I could have both.

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ggreig
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Time:2014-10-11 05:44 pm (UTC)
Apparently dire wolves had a huge range, covering much of North and South America, so it's possible. Either way, I'll look forward to reading it.
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timill
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Time:2014-10-11 02:00 am (UTC)
Dire-wolves? Their habitat included "arid savannah".

Also, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_North_American_animals_extinct_in_the_Holocene

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ffutures
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Time:2014-10-11 09:14 am (UTC)
Dire wolves are a good one - right sort of climate etc. - many thanks!
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