Megafauna

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Eremotherium

Eohippus

Beautiful Armadillo

Coelacanth

Pakicetus

Glyptodon

Shrub-ox (Aurochs)

Argentavis

Florida Spectacled Bear

Megalodon

Asphalt (La Brea) Stork

Dire Wolf

Saiga Antelope

Camelops

Saber-toothed Salmon

American Lion


Eremotherium

The Panama land bridge wasn't there the week before:

a giant ground sloth dipped her forty-pound forepaw into crab grass

and lurched or leaped. The journey took her descendants over

a hundred years but they made it to the Myakka River,

where last week we saw a hundred gators.

Across DeSoto County, in Arcadia, the dry prairies

Ponce de Leon would seek to try to cheat death

with a promise of eternal youth. Eremotherium,

early mother to us all, grazes giant dandelions

and dives for underwater kelp, stands taller

than you or me at fifteen feet, upright now

to cast her eyes across the Gulf of Mexico,

sniffing for Irish elk, aurochs, two-ton armadillos,

cave bears, sabre-tooth cats and hairless humans

who've already downed a relative for that night’s meal.


Eohippus

In the age of grass, the tiny equines had no where to go.

Beringian winds across the Mammoth steppe.

Beautiful Armadillo

Coelacanth

Pakicetus

Glyptodon

Shrub-ox or Aurochs

Argentavis

Florida Spectacled Bear

Megalodon

Asphalt (or La Brea) Stork

Dire Wolf

Saiga Antelope

Camelops

Saber-toothed Salmon

American Lion