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Re: Living dinosaurs?
The ground sloth can be the origin of Amazonian legend "Mapinguari". As all
legends, it has many local variation, but the general feature is that
Mapinguari is a giant man-eating ape, sometimes with a wide vertical
Perhaps the ancestors of modern Amerindians have known the Ground Sloth and
now it's extinct, surviving as legend. The same to Australian Diprotodon and
Asian Gigantopithecus "Snow-man".
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Subject: Re: Living dinosaurs?
> In a message dated 8/9/00 11:38:53 AM, email@example.com writes:
> << The name of the African "dinosaur" is Mokele-Mbembe.
> The problem with "living"dinosaurs is that if they still live, where are
> their fossils through Cenozoic?
> Although I'm not a sceptical person (perhaps living dinosaurs exist...), I
> think these legends became more popular when many "living fossils" were
> discovered like okapi, Limulus, Latimeria, pigmy hippos (now they're
> included in fossil genus Hexaprotodon), etc. So, the idea that dinosaurs
> other pre-historic beast survived in Amazonia, Africa ou Southeastern Asia
> became more "plausible". >>
> Not really. Except for Latimeria, which is a special case, [deep oceans,
> y'know], all those mentioned above have fossil records going all the way
> to recent times. Limulus, for example has a substantial fossil record and
> until the last couple of years
> [check out yesterdays NY Times science section], were very common indeed.
> When we're talking about large land animals, it's possible to find
> which is very close to something common in the pleistocene which has
> to hang on in some oasis for the last few thousand years, but sixty-five
> If there were any large monsters out there, they'd have been found. There
> some bruhaha about a "prehistoric" elephant living in Nepal called Raja
> It was quite real, all right, it was found right away. Had bigfoot or
> Mokele-Mbembe been real THEY would have been found right away, too.
> If there is something out there in the darkest Amazon or the Darien gap in
> Panama, it might be a ground sloth, which while highly doubtful would be
> cool. But a "brontosaurus?" No way in hell.
> eric l.