Mountains. These mountains separate Africa from Europe, just as the Mediterranean sea did, which is
gone in the Metazoic. The Sahara Desert is also more or less gone, turned into bushland, with sparse
vegetation and open grasslands. Southern Africa is now desert. Europe is mostly also bushland, with
some scattered forests. If we were able to go foreword in time to view this land via satellite, what we
would see is large areas of jungle and grasslands, few desert lands, though they still exist for the most
part, but mostly just tropical jungle and grasslands.
Australia has collided with Asia in this world and is now a part of the Asian continent. Though Australia
and it's inhabitants are still pretty well protected from most placental animals by the mountains that shot
up, which include such modern islands as New Guinea, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Borneo and the whole
Philippine archipelago. All these islands grouped together to create the so-called "Great Barrier
Mountains", which have several mountains that are much taller in altitude than Mt. Everest. Few creatures
inhabit the peaks of these mountains, but mammals are very resilient in the Metazoic, and have even
managed to make their homes in these high mountain peaks, where it is snowing all year round and
literally few creatures abound. The lower levels and valleys however, are teaming with animals of all
shapes and sizes, marsupial and non-marsupial mammals.
The Hawaiian island chain has also got bigger, and has drifted westward. The Big Island is still the
largest. Introduced animals died off in a massive volcanic eruption. No sheep, no goats survived this
eruption. The island was taken over by bats, which soon learned how to walk instead of fly. Several
more islands have been born to the chain as well. Bats became the largest animals ever to walk on the
Hawaiian Islands, in the Metazoic they became known as the "Batavian Islands". Some bats actually took
the form of ungulates. Some took the form of monkeys. There is also a 6-foot tall descendant of the
smaller, insectivorous bats that walks along on it's hands and preys on these docile creatures.
The oceans are inhabited by seals, and whale-like rodents that took to the seas when the greater whales
died off. The oceans also have another surprise: monkeys that can swim! There are also many varieties of
oceanic bats, all of them related to flying foxes, either flying over the waves or swimming under them.
During the Metazoic, the Pacific Ocean got smaller, and the Atlantic Ocean expanded with the westward
drifting of North America, and the separation of South America. Also, the Antarctic now has it's own
ocean, the so-called "Southern Ocean". During this age the closest continent to the Antarctic is South
America. But during this age the resilience of mammals is phenomenal. Antarctica has it's own resident
mammals that stay there year round. In today's world, the only true Antarctic mammal is the Weddell
Seal, and even this species gets away when the coldest months arrive. During the Metazoic however,
there is actually a species of rat and a species of lemur that is stuck on Antarctica. They feed on the pups
of oceanic bats that roost there during the spring and summer, on the carcasses of washed-up animals
from the ocean, and on anything else they can find to feed on, and store up fat for winter. Thus they
hibernate all winter, like modern bears. Then in the Spring, when all the other animals arrive once again,
they wake up and begin their daily routine all over again.
Even the world today, no mammals have the resilience that can be seen in the Metazoic. This leads to the
conclusion that this is actually not the Age of Mammals.
The above map gives an idea of what the world will look like during the Metazoic if we were to actually
go there and view it via satellite. The white areas represent areas of ice, snow and permafrost. In other
words, the polar areas. The light sea green areas on the map are dry grasslands or savannahs. The
lime-green represents areas that are brushland, with some timber. The dark green represents forests,
jungle, rainforest and the like. The deep gold represents drier arid lands, with some grass growth. The
light beige areas represent desert. Click here to see a full view of this map.