Lesvos in the Past
The Paleofauna of Vatera PDF Print E-mail

Two million years ago, the fauna of Vatera was pretty different from the fauna of today. On the open plains, the ungulate herbivores (gazelles, antelopes and wild oxen, horses) and mammoths were grazing, being stalked by sabre-toothed cats. In the woods, deer, rhinoceroses, mastodonts, raccoon dogs and wild cats lived. This forest was not very dense. Giant macaques were found at the forest edge. Either in the open or in the forest, tortoises walked around, a small one and a giant one, as big as a car. Along the river, badgers and possibly otters made a living. High in the sky, eagles were circling. They are extinct since long, and their story is told only by their fossils.

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