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August 30, 2005

Charismatic Mammalian Megafauna

They are out there in abundance: lots of bison bison, alphes alphes, cervus canadensis, and canis latrans. The racks on the cervi are very impressive: you wonder why they don't get caught on trees and hinder their mobility.

The canes are very impressive as well--they are big. These are not scrawny garbage-eating coyotes. These are animals that are clearly and rapidly evolving to a larger size: a bigger body mass is a great help in keeping warm through the winter.

And now that fires have opened up some of the sight lines, you can see Mt. Moran all the way from Lake Lewis in Yellowstone...

Posted by DeLong at August 30, 2005 03:30 PM