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Interesting Nature Facts #17 – Joshua Tree

by | Jun 8, 2018

One reason it is believed that this iconic yucca is losing habitat, and declining in numbers is in the fossil record of the recent extinction (in geological years) of the Shasta ground sloth, one of the giant sloths that went the way of the mammoths and other American megafauna. Fossilized scat shows the remains of the seeds, leaves and pulp of Joshua trees… and was possibly in a loose symbiotic relationship with it as to provide food in return for seed propagation.

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