The Southern Ocean contains an unusual collection of aquatic creatures that inhabit both on under ice and below this and certainly in the water are another variety of beings, many of them hidden from the human eye. One of them had been sighted by humans, and initially had passed as one of other cryptic creatures that are a misinterpretation. The ningen remained hidden for many years until first specimens were found swimming outside the continent. The first sightings occurred in New Zealand, being a huge corpse that had come partially intact. Hence, he had to stay many years before a live specimen was found.
From what could be seen the corpse is that it was a huge mammal, about 7 meters long, and with an estimated nearly 60 tons weight.
The first and most prominent protruding was their appearance, shape not stand out with any known mammal, the descriptions given were:
"A huge being with two giant arms that ended with huge and long claws which in the correct position, they should serve as fins; the lower body was long and more compact, with two legs like fins; his head was round and flat, with a separate medium mouth and binoculars eyes, two nostrils on top; with a length of about 15 meters and weighing 70 tons estimated”
Weeks after taking the necessary samples, they began to make genetic relationships to get some idea of what kind of creature is.
After a while, his closest relative was identified as... a sloth.
Yes, a sloth.
At this point people began to wonder: What kind of joke is this? Of course, this was not a joke, that was real, and much more it was when they began to find living specimens. Many of them were around Antarctica, around the Ross Sea, living alone swimming at depths of 50 to 70 meters. They were recorded as predators and who used to hunt medium-sized animals, such as seals, penguins and even young whales. He did not know much more about them, what their lives were, how they were born or how long they could live.
It is not yet known how it evolved, there isn’t any fossil or material evidence that would give us an answer, but is speculated that they may be a descendant of a south American group of giant aquatic sloths as Thalassocnus which were successful to adopt a full aquatic lifestyle, and some of this species reach Antarctica during the end of the Pliocene. Is also not yet known how they avoided the huge marine predators from the times before the ice age, however, it is believed that should have taken advantage of their sudden extinction in the Pleistocene. They survive until the mankind ages, but for shame, they don't survive us.
Unfortunately with global warming, the conditions surrounding territories began to change dramatically in a point that the specimens found soon die and in a decade, and then, after 30 years, the species was declared extinct. The ningen, went from being one of several cryptids to be the example of the lawlessness of humanity during the contemporary era before the great collapse, it will be a recordatory of no matter how much we know about this world, there are hidden things still remain even in front of us...
In the twilight of a savage world, few millions of years after us, the last trace of the last living human who ever stepped on the earth has been preserved as a tribute made by the cosmic descendants of mankind, on a impenetrable pedestal made by a very enduring and incomprehensible technology that will preserve this last monument to the first native sapient species of the earth for many eons to come, over the forces of entropy, and while its surroundings, life is thriving on its way.
It has been quite extraordinary the many achievements that life has made throughout the history of this planet, the success of thousands of interactions, of individuals, groups, species, populations and ecosystems, all together of several biospheres constituted by countless and varied lifeforms that have evolved throughout the space and time in which the earth has been habitable, that survived the obstacles and challenges that have imposed this chaotic and changing universe; of the few survivors who did not perish to the destructive change of the world and which emerged from the dust, advancing, innovating, adapting and re-diversifying, being a repetitive, identifiable pattern, but with always varied results. These great cycles of flowering and extinction created myriads of species, with countless ecological interactions and ecosystems, of which we have appreciated only a fraction living among us, and yet this fraction is vast and wonderful, with hundreds of thousands of life forms that rose from large and small divergences, and of which we humans are also part in many aspects. A fascinating and impressive fact, all these constant changes never stop, even in the worst of days, during the worst mass slaughter of species that left the planet in total ruin, if there is a possibility of something surviving, it will continue living, thriving, evolving, changing and adapting, even in the moment in which the last human being do its last step on the face of this world or the cosmos, life while still existing, this will continue to generate new and interesting living beings.
As far as we know, the odyssey of the earth from our perspective is at the midpoint of what remains of habitability time and is still in a eternal changing course, and we, humanity, by our brief and growing contribution to a new change on a global scale because of our innate ability to modify and interact with this planet, will leave another mark in the long history of all the drastic changes that will inevitably shape the next generations of lifeforms, forging the cycles of new species, a wonderful or disastrous future of new variations of life, which we can only try to think and imagine, and only that, try.
Although probably we, and when I mean "we", to you, the reader and I the writer, like the rest of the persons living now, and probably the generations from now to who knows how far this species can last, will never come to witness all the possible changes by the immense separation of time and space, which continues to leave the curiosity about what is possible to imagine, theorize and speculate about the future, and although there could never be a concrete answer, the question remains for those who try to give an appropriate response: What will happen after us? And probably I have a good response for that question.
Well, that's it, 10,000 years had Homo sapiens to establish itself as the dominant species, and with another million years, among thousands of acts, misfortunes and feats, it all ended in a quiet and silent twilight by the inevitable extinction.
In the end, after the time in which humanity has existed on earth, of all the acts that shaped the course of many stories and the decisions and repercussions that have left marks on beings and things, everything has resulted in the emergence a planet transformed as in any important point in the natural history, although this transformation has been completely different in many aspects from previous events, from the invasion and migrations of different types of animals and plants in many anomalous way to regions that would have been impossible arrive in some natural way in such a short time, the extreme climatic changes caused by the direct and indirect actions of man, the creation of strange and unusual elements that have changed the chemistry of air and land and that have been recorded and accumulated in the geological record, as well, the several extinctions of certain groups and species and the sudden and artificial reappearance of others after being gone for a while. But little matters of some of those events now, as the mankind that shaped the world once is gone forever, and gradually the earth recovers and buries most of the effects we have caused.
The reality of the Earth is another one with the many years gone by, after the last splendid and advanced civilizations disintegrated and fell into oblivion, that the few sophont branches of humanity left the earth and lives now in the stars for long survival term of the kind, and of the fast degradation of the terrestrial descendants to a more wild stage, completely doubled by natural selection again. In this scenario, the legacy of humanity, the last descendants of Homo sapiens has passed the harsh rigor of this inclement planet, thriving and evolving into new varied species of which few managed to pass the game of evolution with the appropriate adaptations, but at last, with various lost. The most notable of these was the loss of intelligence that had developed long ago, being a gradual and safe loss. Around these new branch of hominids, the climatic and geological cycles have slightly changed the appearance of the earth, removing and adding new features on the surface, changing courses of rivers, lakes, coasts, reforming the valleys, volcanoes and mountains, among many other geographical aspects and above all erasing definitively any remnant of what was once build by humanity.
Life has also started to change due to the new events, despite the fact that a part in the beginning has been caused by the effects of man, the rest of the subsequent changes have been by the earth itself, trying to stabilize the chaotic state in which all ecosystems have remained. The fraction of animals that disappeared during the transition has been great, but not as serious as one could imagine, as humanity despite its overwhelming effect compared to other periods of change and extinction, it caused what would be called just a minor extinction event, only with a substantial part of the extinct terrestrial and marine megafauna, as well as the varied and extravagant forms that resided in the darkest corners of the planet, as the most defenseless before the most insignificant of changes, even with that, most of the world was still intact. In the absence of these special and prominent life, other new beings have taken the void, have expanded, multiplied and populated the spaces left as a result of the ability of life to evolve, adapt and expand over the void, a gradual process that will recover little by little what was lost with new and various forms of flora and fauna.
And so, this is only the beginning, the cycle of evolution and extinction begins again and the continuous changes it generates, the odyssey of life continues on its way, a path that will continue to advance with new times. And probably, anyone who is reading this, want to know what would happened after that, what is the next step on the evolution of earth? What will happen in the dawn of these new ages? And this is what this history will answer, it probably will not be the most exact and definitive future, it will never be the most feasible prediction, but it would be at least a probable future, a plausible attempt, even though, this would become more and more complicate to speculate the deep we will go, into the distant time, dozens, hundreds of millions of years, even a thousand million years. The earth was in the middle of its odyssey when humanity appeared, and now after, the other half will be presented, and even more, from a beginning to a far end...
So, welcome to the future.