Monday, September 26, 2016

The Future is Wild - Episode Five Cold Kansas Desert

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the fifth episode of  “The Future is Wild”. The title of today’s installment is - “Cold Kansas Desert” and takes us into the North America heartland, some Five Million years into the future.

The episode focuses on three species: (1) Deathgleaner, a massive carnivorous vampire bat that spends the day hunting for prey in the desert and spends the night in a communal roost; (2) Spink, a descendant of the quail whose wings have become digging paddles. The species lives much like the naked mole rat of our time; (3) Desert Rattleback, a descendant of the agouti, when lives in the cold regions. The episode explains that the onset of the ice age caused the agricultural belt of the USA to turn into a desert where temperatures at night regularly reach freezing. 

The episode shows how the animals have evolved to cope with the harsh features of this forbidding landscape.

The Future is Wild - Episode Five Cold Kansas Desert

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