But when such power is wielded without regard to consequences, chaos can result, as you will soon see when Profusion comes out in a few months.
One of the many strange creatures encountered in Profusion is a Giant Ground Sloth. There were numerous species of ground sloths, and they became extinct about 10,000 years ago.
Amazing Facts about extinct ground sloths:
The largest ground sloth (10 feet long and 2,200 lbs) was named after Thomas Jefferson. Before he became the third president of the US, he was very interested in fossils (a gentleman naturalist, like Samuel in my novel Savage). A friend sent him some bones found in a cave and Jefferson figured out that they belonged to a new species of ground sloth, which was then given the name, Megalonyx jeffersonii. The skeleton of this species in the photo below was found in a cave in my home state of Missouri.
They had huge hind feet and a long, fat tail they used to stabilize themselves as they stood up (like a tripod) to reach higher branches.
One group of ground sloths became aquatic mammals! Yep, you read this correctly. About 8 million years ago, sloths of the genus Thalassocrus lived near water and started eating water plants. Within a few million years these critters had become fully aquatic and could swim like sea lions. Sadly, the aquatic sloths disappeared about 4 million years ago.
In 1995, Trish and I were lucky enough to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the basement storage areas of the Smithsonian Museum. Our guide opened a drawer, took out a large object, and explained that it was well-preserved giant sloth poop. He asked if I wanted to hold it. Are you kidding me? Of course did! (this photo was when I had no gray hair, no beard, and I was running marathons--please don't laugh).
So the giant ground sloth deserves a place in the T.A.H.O.F. (Topgallant Animal Hall of Fame).
Fun Fact: Topgallant was originally a nautical term, a name for the head of the topmast. It eventually evolved into an adjective to describe anything lofty or grand. In other words, it means "awesome."