Kartchner Caverns

Brian took a tour into the Kartchner Caverns in southern Arizona last week, a cave system that was first discovered in the mid – 1970′s by two college students.  The cave is now considered one of the top 10 cave systems in the world, but what intrigued Brian most is the present day life forms (including bats that use the cave as a nursery each summer), and the remains of a multitude of other life forms, including what is called the Shasta Ground Sloth.  In 1995, a team of scientists uncovered the 80,000 year old bones of this 2-meter long vegetarian that somehow ended up dying in the cave!

 

This is a photo of the animal from their display hall, the way it would have appeared.

 

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