can giant sloths and tasmanian tigers still exist? Posted on January 22, 2023 by Anonymous can giant sloths and tasmanian tigers still exist?
All very large ground sloths got extinct approximately 10 000 years ago alongside most of the ice age megafauna, smaller ones survived on Caribbean islands during the Holocene but they are gone now.
Extinct during the last century but probably later than the official extinction date (1930s), i bet the old sightings before the 80s are mostly legit.
There isn't enough oxygen in the atmosphere for giant sloths anymore.
So what is the reason why basically every species of life on this planet "evolved" into micro organisms.
There basically isn't anything larger than an elephant, at least on land, and the majority of life, including plant life is all smaller. Excluding trees I suppose, but even then there are countless "bush" style trees opposed to straight up fucking fungi back in the day that used to be the size of modern day high raise condos, and now just pebbles under the trees.
Is this simply for efficiency sake? Is there much environmental influence? Scarcity of pure resources?
Are there any other reasons besides these?
>what’s a blue whale
humans killed off the megafauna
Yes and no. Humans, combined with radical changes in our climate within the last 15,000 years are what killed off the megafauna. With each passing decade the megafauna lost their natural habitats, combine that with human predation, and their extinction was inevitable.
Climate had absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Every single species that went extinct in the Pleistocene can still live on Earth now within walking distance of their old stomping grounds.
Humans did it.
This. The current state of the world is totally artificial. North America had 5 species of elephant only about 10,000 years ago. That's more species than currently exist on planet Earth now.
it's temporary due to the current mass extinction, which isn't even as severe as most of the others. They'll come back eventually. Real question is, which of the current medium-small sized organisms will become giants?
the carboniferous megainsects are no longer viable because there is a lot less oxygen in the athmosphere now for example
Oxygen has nothing to do with it. They simply had no competition. Life...uh...finds a way.
you don't seem to know the difference between "no longer viable" and "got like that because"
Muh oxygen is one of the favorite chud tropes in paleontology. It's right up there with "dinosaurs couldn't do X" and then being proven wrong and "this is the largest X that was possible" and then finding a larger one.
I didn't even say impossible you retarded baboon, but current insects would need to be INCREDIBLY adapted to get as big in today's atmosphere otherwise they would suffocate, and no, there are no undiscovered giant superbugs roaming ohio or something like that
Lol no. There are no Tassie tigers any more. People just see scrawny dogs and want to believe.
You clearly haven't seen the videos and don't know anything about biology.
There was a well documented (but unofficially recognized) population that survived up until the 60's but nothing concrete since then. There has been a couple of interesting audio recordings out of tassie, and some credible reports from PNG but tbh I lost hope a long time ago.
I have seen the videos, they aren't tigers m8, anyone who thinks they survived on the mainland is fucking retarded.
>but..but you don't know anything about biology
t. published entomologist & biosecurity officer
giant sloth resurgence is a meme to cover up big foot sightings
Tasmanian Tiger? Seems like. Giant Sloths, unfortunately no.
>Tasmanian Tiger? Seems like
There's videos of them in SE Australian. More than one. And there's supposedly a group in that region that tried to set up a sort of amateur conservation effort decades ago for them.
>Giant Sloths, unfortunately no.
>Tasmanian Tiger? Seems like.
They're actually fucked fucked unless we find good ancient fossils of them.
The remaining recent tigers were stored in the worst way possible for gene usage so they've got no chance really. Ironically their storage method was done so for preservationist purposes because they were one of the first animals to go extinct in captivity.
Even the mammoth has more chance.
But, numbats are still around and they're literally just tiny tasmanian tigers really. They could even be selectively bred to look like Tigers theoretically (though they're vulnerable/endangered too).