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Updated: 01/01/2014 08:00:02AM

Springs: Portal to past and window to future

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Imagine a world where giant beasts inhabit a wide, grassy savanna. The air is dry and cool. The land flat, broken only by the occasional stretch of forest, river or watering hole. The climate is more like coastal North Carolina than sunny South Florida. The fauna is more like East Africa.

Off in the distance you can see a saber-toothed cat, Smilodon fatalis, some 7 feet long, prowling in the woods. The sun reflects off its deadly, 9-inch-long fangs. Beyond that, in other corners of the plain, American lions (Panthera Leo Attrox) and dire wolves (Canis dirus) stalk the grasslands. Their prey? The massive mammoth and mastodon, camels and horses, rhinos, bison, deer, antelope, tapir and wild pig that all call this place home.

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