CARRETERA AUSTRAL

Day Twenty Four - Exiting the Park

Posted on 13th Mar 2016

Photo: The old bridge at the park entrance.

After a trip to the park information centre, we drove back along the gravel road stopping to take photos and experienced some true Patagonia winds. Before arriving back in Puerto Natales, we stopped off at the Cueva del Milodon and learnt about some mega fauna in Patagonia.

The Mylodon Darwini was a large mammal that lived in this area between 14,500 and 10,000 years ago. Ancient relative of the modern day sloth, it moved on all fours. Measuring 2m from head to tail and weighing about a ton, it was covered with long thick fur. The Mylodon was a herbivore of slow habits, but it could be a formidable opponent for predators, such as large cats, thanks to its size, powerful claws and tiny bones that it had embedded in its skin which were remnants of an ancient protective shell like that of an armadillo. It is the extinct animal that is present in the most amount of sites excavated in the area.

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