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The Pliocene: big bears, big cats, and a really big flood
I managed to talk Phil into co-hosting again, even though he’s far away. Thanks to the internet, we talked about the Pliocene. At the beginning of this time, a nearly dry Mediterranean basin was flooded by the sea, causing a global drop in sea levels. Later, north and south America were connected, allowing plants and animals to travel to new places. This included the largest cat and largest bear ever to roam the Earth.
Here’s an article about the evidence for the giant flood.
Evidence of the Zanclean megaflood in the eastern Mediterranean Basin
Here’s a video that attempts to recreate the giant flood.
Here’s an article about ground sloths.
You Just Missed the Last Ground Sloths
Here’s a short one-minute video about the Great American Interchange, when north and south America were joined.
GREAT AMERICAN INTERCHANGE: MARSUPIALS & TERROR BIRDS
Here’s an article about the largest cat to slink across the landscape.
A first record of the Pleistocene saber-toothed cat Smilodon populator Lund, 1842 (Carnivora: Felidae: Machairodontinae) from Venezuela
And here’s an article about the largest bear to lumber about.