10 Extinct Animals That May Actually Still Be Alive
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Before, scientists used to believe that awe-inducing creatures like saber-toothed cats and giant
ground sloths have sadly gone extinct since the last ice age ended about 11,700 years ago. Did
you know even dire wolves were very real, not just a game of thrones fantasy?
But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck in seeing prehistoric animals today. Researchers now
believe that some of the old age animals could still be alive, living in the parts of the world
where no one can research. Let’s have a look at 10 extinct animals that may actually still be
alive. Number 1 will change your perception of sloths, so watch out for that! let’s begin:
Number 10. saber-tooth tiger
Let’s start with our favorite creature from the ice age movies. When modern humans first
wandered into Europe some 50,000 years ago, this snaggle-toothed cat was probably there to
greet them. Until about 10,000 years ago, the saber-tooth tiger was a fearsome predator in what
is now the American West. More than 3,000 fossilized cats have been pulled from the acrid ooze
of the La Brea tar pits in California. The species is actually much older than thought before;
fossil evidence dates it to around 1.8 million years ago. The saber-tooth tiger is remembered with
wonder as a relic of the last ice age. Despite its size, weighing in at around five feet long and 440
pounds, and its two, seven-inch canine teeth, environmental change, lack of food, and human
hunting saw this fascinating beast die off from the face of the Earth. There are various theories
on how this creature went extinct, but some researchers believe that it still exists in the colder
parts of the world. There has been no proof but the North and south poles are still barely
discovered so we can never rule out their existence. If they do exist, we need to be scared as they
might take revenge on humans. Are you strong enough to fight this huge beast?
Number 9. mokele-mbembe
Everyone knows that the dinosaurs died out a while ago — in fact, more than 65 million years
ago, give or take. But some people believe that dinosaurs linger on, hiding until the present time
in the remote jungles of central Africa, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The
region is the reputed home of the mokele-mbembe, an amphibious dinosaur-like creature said to
be up to 35 feet long, with brownish-gray skin and a long, flexible neck. According to legends, it
lives in caves it digs in riverbanks, and feeds on elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. There is no
real evidence, but some people believe Mokele-mbembe could be the famous loch ness monster.
What do you guys think?
Number 8. Woolly Mammoth
The woolly mammoth lived during the Pleistocene epoch, about 2.5 million to 11 thousand years
ago. Its closest living relative is the Asian elephant. In the prehistoric animals’ world, the
mammoth is among the best studied. Its behaviors and physical makeup have been looked at
quite extensively in comparison to other extinct species. This is all thanks to the discovery of its
preserved remains in places like Siberia and Alaska. Researchers have also been able to find its
teeth, skeleton, and even both stomach content and dung. Considering such a wealth of
information, it’s only natural that scientists will try to revive this beast. To do this, researchers
are picking the closest relative alive, the Asian elephant, for what we’d say assistance. What this
means is that the genes of the woolly mammoth are introduced in the elephant, giving rise to a
close enough replica of the extinct mammal. While the offspring won’t be a true mammoth, it’ll
have similar qualities like being cold-blood, a hairy body, and small ears.
Number 7. Short-faced bears
Bears are already too scary, but there is something else you need to know about their ancestors.
About a few hundred million years ago, it was the time of the short-faced bear: the largest bear
species that ever lived. They get their name from the shape of their heads: “Because they were
“short-faced,” these giant bears had a much stronger bite force than modern bears, even grizzlies.
Not just that, when they stood on just their two legs, these gigantic beasts could reach the height
of around 11 feet! The modern polar bears only grow up to 1,600 pounds, but their South
American cousins are likely to have tipped the scales at 3,500 pounds. Isn't that just crazy?
Native Americans say they have seen short-faced bears and believe they still exist. If they do, we
need to be really scared of them!