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So I was reading this news article this morning about prehistoric whale fossils in the Atacama desert (which is cool enough all by itself) and I happened upon this line:

Other unusual creatures found elsewhere in the fossil-rich Atacama Desert include an extinct aquatic sloth.

Guys! An aquatic sloth! You don't even know how much I love that idea. Here are two things you may not know about me:

1. If I were to be an animal, it would probably be a sloth because they are adorable, they sleep for about ten hours a day, and they have an "arboreal browsing lifestyle." You tell me anything that's better than living your life in a tree sleeping and eating. Because I can't think of it.

Adorable!

2. I love the TV show Walking with Beasts. I watch it every time it's on and I especially love the episodes that focus on aquatic prehistoric animals and giant animals. You know, like giant rhinos and giant ponies and giant sloths, say (you may now also understand why I love films where giant things fight other giant things. I just love it when animals are giant).

So, with my established love of sea monsters and sloths, obviously the aquatic sloth is the animal made for me. It's a sloth, it's marine, and it's prehistoric. It's my spirit animal, guys.

Look, I know raptors are cool and all, but if we're going to bring back any extinct animals, I think it should be the aquatic sloth. Who's with me?

on 2011-11-21 11:47 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] out-totheblack.livejournal.com
That's too funny. I have to agree, it's pretty cool.

Giant ponies?

on 2011-11-21 01:35 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] naomi-jay.livejournal.com
Kind of...

http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/mesozoicmammals/p/chalicotherium.htm

on 2011-11-22 01:13 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] out-totheblack.livejournal.com
That's pretty cool. It looks like a sloth-horse.

on 2011-11-21 01:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
omg, that is so cool.

Have you seen "The Lost Future" with Sean Bean and...the hot priest guy from Pirates of the Caribbean 4? It's horrifically bad, but the opening scene has a giant mutant sloth. That's the part you should really only see.

on 2011-11-21 01:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] naomi-jay.livejournal.com
I have not seen it, but now I must!

on 2011-11-21 02:19 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
Yeah, just turn it off after the mutant sloth part. The rest isn't quite worth it. Though for once, Sean Bean lives.

on 2011-11-21 02:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] naomi-jay.livejournal.com
*gasp* That must have been an editing mistake.

on 2011-11-21 04:49 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
It's not for a lack of trying! I think he gets stabbed at some point and then chased by plague!mutants into a cravasse. But then he heroically returns and later starts a school for the kids of the future dystopia, so they can read. Because humanity has been bombed almost literally back to the stone age in this thing, and yet there's still eyeliner and go-go boots.

on 2011-11-21 03:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] faeriegirl.livejournal.com
I love sloths as well, though I'd be a red panda or typical cat if I were going to be a (non-mytholigical) animal!

on 2011-11-21 06:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] naomi-jay.livejournal.com
Red pandas are very pretty!

on 2011-11-21 05:20 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] brit-columbia.livejournal.com
Your picture of the sloth in the tree makes me think that's what Chewbacca must have looked like when he was a baby.

on 2011-11-21 06:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] naomi-jay.livejournal.com
Lol, yeah, they always remind me of him too!

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