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Prehistoric Animals That Could Still Exist!
Life on earth goes through a cycle of evolution and extinction, that’s just how the world works.
However, some people just find it hard to believe that certain animals are gone forever. And honestly,
they might be right.
Hundreds of animals that have long thought to be extinct suddenly get rediscovered, so it’s quite
possible that any of the animals on this list, all of them with reported sightings by the way, just might be
still out there.
The animal on number one is one that we all believe to still exist, but none of us really want to be alive.
Stay tuned to find out what that is. Here are 10 prehistoric animals that could still exist.
Number 10. The Moa
These giant, wingless birds were first seen when people first arrived at the islands of New Zealand. They
were very different from other flightless birds such as ostriches, emus, and cassowaries due to the fact
that they had no wings. In fact, Moas have lost the wing bones completely. They were extremely large
birds, with the biggest reaching up to 12 feet in height, easily the largest birds on the island.
Unfortunately, due to what many believe is over hunting by the early Maori people, these large,
majestic birds went extinct between the late 1300s and early 1500s. Or did they?
In the 1940s, Australian painter and bird enthusiast John Gould reported to have seen what he
described as “giant kiwis” in New Zealand’s South Island. He described them as around a meter tall and
had spurred feet. The spurred feet exactly matched foot prints found previously found on the North
However, a Japanese research team investigated the South Island in 1978 to see if there is a possibility
that the Moa somehow survived extinction and is currently living there. They didn’t find any evidence to
suggest that they do. This has led to many people believing that Moa sightings have been greatly
exaggerated. However, it’s also worth noting that although the researchers didn’t find evidence of a live
Moa in the South Island, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of some populations of Moa still living in
other remote parts of New Zealand.
Number 9. The Short Faced Bear
Also sometimes called the bulldog bear, the short faced bear was a genus of prehistoric bear that
roamed most of North America from the mid-Pleistocene until around 11,000 years ago. Many scientists
believe that this creature might just be the largest known terrestrial mammalian carnivore that has ever
been discovered. A lot more are pretty sure that these guys are already extinct, however, some
cryptozoologists think that the species survived extinction and is still hiding somewhere in North
America and possibly even Russia.
They think this because of bigfoot, and I’m not kidding. They attribute most of the bigfoot sightings,
especially in the eastern United States, to actually be sightings of the short faced bear. This is due to the
fact that short faced bears actually have limb proportions similar to that of a gorilla, proportions that are
also attributed to bigfoot.
There have also been alleged sightings in Canada, particularly Northern British Columbia, Alberta and
Saskatchewan. Residents of the area often tell stories of large, bear-like creatures that are strong
enough to take on and carry off a fully grown moose.
Number 8. The Megatherium
Sloths are the least intimidating of creatures. If you somehow terrified of one, don’t worry. You can
always outrun it. While they do come armed with huge claws that look like they can disembowel you
with no effort at all, they just use them to cling on to branches. However, these are modern day sloths.
Back in the day, they had much more active ancestors, and they have a bad attitude.
During the ice age, one of the creatures you wouldn’t want to cross paths with is the megatherium.
These giant ground sloths measured up to 20 feet long, bigger than an elephant.
They are thought to have died out at around 8500 BC. However, scientist have started to believe that a
small population of these terrifying creatures could have managed to survive in extremely remote areas,
like the Amazon rainforest. Some say that they endured for 5000 more years but eventually went
extinct. Others say they still exist to this day.
Old Amazonian legends tell of the Mapinguary, a nine-foot-tall animal armed with massive claws,
backwards facing feet, and an extra mouth on its belly.
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