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Re: Horned diggers/Navajo legend



The large burrowing mammal-like reptile (therapsid, Placerias), found in abundance around Petrified Forest, near St Johns, Arizona, had large bony "tusks" for digging. These fossils may have influenced the old Navajo myths about a creature called "Burrowing or Horned Monster." This monster was described as a very large horned animal something like a huge elk or a gigantic striped gopher with horns or tusks. It could be found in windswept gullies in the desert, where it dug tunnels and plowed up the earth.