Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Giant Sloth

So I was up in Whitehorse for the past few days for Tourism Yukon meetings. I went up a couple of days early to visit some friends who live up there and they showed me around town. It's a pretty cool place and the farthest north I've ever been. (1'40" or so further north than Stockholm.)

One of the places we went was the Beringia Interpretive Centre, which has a good collection of skeletons and fossils from when Beringia was the solid land mass that connects modern day Russia and Alaska / Yukon. This was during the last ice age, when pretty much all of Canada was under glaciers but Beringia, for reasons that I'm not going to get into here, remained ice free. These were the days when wooly mamoths roamed the earth along with other creatures like the giant beaver and short-faced bear.

Sadly, the giant beaver display was missing. It had been outside. But honestly, how could you not steal a giant beaver. Apparently the thing was 2.5 meters long and weighed up to 200 kg. The size of a black bear.

What was there was the massive wooly mamoth, the terrifying scimitar cat, and the giant sloth. Check out this photo. (Sorry about the quality. It was taken with a Blackberry that I got rid of today.)

This thing would grow to 3M long. It's huge! When they put fur on it and have a picture of it eating leaves from a tree it's not quite so intimidating, but this has got to be the most amazing skeleton I've ever seen. It looks like an alien.

If you ever go to the Yukon, and I highly recommend you do, check out the Beringia Interpretive Centre. There's not a ton there, but what is there is worth seeing.


Brett T. T. Macfarlane said...

Wait a minute, are you blogging or marketing right now?

Stefan said...

It's a fine line when you blog about your clients.