by Thomas Watkins
Heavier than a bull and taller than an upright polar bear, the Mylodon roamed the plains of Patagonia for millennia. Leaning against its thick long tail for support, it stood on its hind legs and reached high into trees for berries and leaves. Around it galloped herds of tiny horses, native to south America. The Mylodon, with thick, ossified scaly skin had no natural predators. Man arrived, via the Bering Strait then down through the continent, about 10,000 years ago. The animals he encountered, including the Mylodon and the horses, had evolved with no fear of this naked ape. Within only a few centuries of his arrival, the Mylodon, the horses and other Patagonian creatures were gone.