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Island of Resurgence: A Haven for Ancient Creatures and Human Colonists


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Question: Write an alternate scenario where there is a very large island (twice the size of Madagascar) that is more than 50 miles off the Pacific coast of North America (more specifically, off the coast of Mexico and California), being filled with various species and subspecies of animals descended from mainland animals from the Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene that swam, rafted, or flew to the island, thus resulting in the unique island ecosystem filled with many different fauna and megafauna, including but not limited to adapiform primates (lemur-like primates, aka American lemurs, which fill the niches similar to true lemurs of Madagascar and monkeys of South America and both Asia and mainland Africa), brontotheres (rhino-like relatives of equids), entelodonts (omnivorous, predatory pig-like ungulates), chalicotheres (bizarre ungulates with three-clawed forelimbs instead of hooves), native Pacific/American mastodon (elephant relative) descendants, native Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) descendants, native Megalonyx (aka, Jefferson's ground sloth) descendants, various North American rhino descendants (including modern species of Teleoceras, Metamynodon, and Menoceras), native California tapir (Tapirus californicus) descendants, native peccaries, native opossums, native platypus-like monotreme mammals, various native bats, various native birds (descendants of ones from both North and South America that flew to the island), native caimans, native alligators, native gharial-like fish-eating crocodilians, native gopher tortoises, native giant tortoises, and many more. This island would also be home to late-surviving descendants of troodontid (bird-like, feathered, omnivorous, yet-mostly-carnivorous theropod dinosaurs) and thescelosaurs (bipedal herbivorous ornithopod dinosaurs), being the last refuge for these long-thought-to-be-extinct remnants of the Mesozoic that once ruled Earth. This island would be colonized by human settlers/colonists during the early Holocene, sometime between 4,000 and 2,000 years ago, and the island is now home to around 1 million native people, and the first Europeans arrived the island during the late 19th century.

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In your alternate scenario, let's christen this biologically lush island as "Nueva Pangea." Discovered in the early Holocene period, between 4,000 and 2,000 years ago by seafaring settlers from both North and South America, it features an incredibly diverse ecosystem derived primarily from animals of the North American mainland during the Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene eras. This island is located in the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of Madagascar, and lies just over 50 miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico. One of the most iconic creatures on Nueva Pangea are the evolved descendants of adapiform primates, also known as "American lemurs." These arboreal creatures are comparable to the true lemurs of Madagascar and monkeys of South America, Asia and mainland Africa and have diverse species filling different ecological niches across the island's forests. Another notable animal is the Nueva Pangean Brontothere, reminiscent of prehistoric rhinoceros-like creatures, which has evolved into a formidable beast of burden revered by the locals despite its size. The local Entelodonts have also developed unique characteristics in line with the island's predator-prey dynamic. Reminiscent of predatory pigs, they have grown large and robust. Chalicotheres browsing on tree canopies, mastodons and Columbian mammoths grazing in herds, sloths hanging from trees, persisting descendants of Tapirus californicus hiding in shrubbery, herds of peccaries trotting through grasslands, placid opossums foraging at night, peculiar platypus-like monotremes in the rivers, a fascinating array of bats fluttering about, a plethora of avian species that have adapted perfectly to the island; all these create an even more intriguing biodiversity. Imposing caimans, alligators and gharial-like crocodiles dominate Nueva Pangea's waters alongside large populations of tortoises, both terrestrial (gopher tortoises) and marine (giant sea tortoises). A sight that goes beyond a reader's wildest imaginations being the persistence of dinosaurs in the form of troodontids and thescelosaurs. These late surviving Mesozoic remnants add another layer of wonder to this fascinating location. Nueva Pangea was first colonized by human settlers during the early Holocene and its population has now grown to around 1 million native people with a rich cultural tapestry, interspersed by the introduction of European settlers in the late 19th century. Despite the influx of settlers, the island’s local fauna and people have been symbiotic, leading to a developed yet ecologically harmonious society.

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Feb. 17, 2024, 4:19 p.m.

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Published: Saturday, February 17, 2024

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