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The Colorado Alligator in an Ice Age


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Question: Write a scenario where an extinct species of alligator from the Pliocene had evolved to deal with colder conditions than the modern American alligator of the southeastern United States, thus evolving into the Colorado alligator (part of the species Alligator coloradoensis) allowing it to exploit the abundance of large megafauna such as, for example, bison and feral horses (similarly to Nile crocodiles hunting zebras and antelope). Also, allow the many extinct Pleistocene fauna of North America to survive to modern times, so that the Colorado alligators would also survive to modern times.

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Title: Revival of The Ice Age - The Tale of Alligator Coloradoensis In the Pliocene Epoch, a unique species of alligator, part of the Alligator coloradoensis group, made its home in the rugged landscapes of Colorado. These skilled predators, adapted for cooler climates, were fondly labeled as Colorado Alligators due to their distinctive habitat. Distinct from contemporary, tropical alligator species, the Colorado Alligators had evolved to brave the freezing cold. Their scales were thicker and rougher, providing them with additional insulation, and their insides convened a natural antifreeze that helped circulate warmth throughout their bodies. This evolutionary adaptation allowed them to flourish in areas lashed with brutal Colorado winters. The Colorado Alligators would hibernate through the harshest winter months, burrowed deep into muddy dens alongside riverbeds and lakes. But when spring thawed the frost they would emerge ravenous, ready to exploit the abundance of large megafauna. During the Pleistocene Epoch, North America was a domain filled with a plethora of fauna that included the likes of bison, feral horses, and mammoths. Hunting alone or in coordinated groups, the Colorado Alligator honed their hunting tactics, similar to Nile Crocodiles hunting zebras and antelope in Africa, using water bodies as ambush sites to take down their prey. Over time, these cold-loving reptiles became a vital part of local ecology, not just as apex predators but as keystone species that helped regulate the balance between herbivores and the vegetation they fed upon. In this alternate reality where many of the extinct Pleistocene fauna of North America survived to modern times, the Colorado Alligator continues to persist, capitalizing on the diverse megafauna. Today, an encounter with a Colorado Alligator, looming just beneath the surface of a Colorado river, is not uncommon – a silent testament to the incredible resilience and adaptability of nature over time. Through this evolutionary journey, the Colorado Alligator shaped and was shaped by, the dynamic ecosystems of the North American Ice Age making a significant contribution to our planet's natural history.

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Nov. 18, 2023, 4:51 a.m.

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Published: Saturday, November 18, 2023

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