Sunday, September 26, 2010

Terrifying Prehistoric Creatures.

 1) Gigantopithecus
 It’s name says it all; it was a monstrous ape, closely related to the orangutan, that roamed the bamboo forests, jungles and mountains of China, India and Vietnam during the Pleistocene. It was a vegetarian, but scary nonetheless; it could grow up to three meters tall and weigh up to 550 kgs, that is 1210 pounds!! Its strength must have been extraordinary and probably kept it safe from most predators. It finally went extinct 300.000 years ago, possibly due to overhunting by early human species or as the result of climate change. Of course, all yeti and Bigfoot believers like to think that Gigantopithecus survived somehow in the most remote parts of the Himalaya, just imagine having that thing chasing you!
2) The Giant River Stingray.
This creature has withstood the test of time dating back over 100 million years and still running! The picture above isof a massive 55 stone (or 771 lbs) ray. Its body is 7ft long and 7ft wide and its tail measured 10ft. Its lethal venomous and serrated barb has been known to pierce through objects tougher than concrete with ease. They only live in rivers of the southern hemisphere, Moreover, they like to hide in very murky dark water. That is why I do not swim where there is fish.
3) Deinotherium
Deinotherium is one of the symbols of mammals’ dominance in the Cenozoic Period, filling the hollow left by dinosaurs’ extinction 65 million years ago. It was the 3rd largest terrestrial mammal of ever and surely the largest terrestrial creature of its time. We can consider Deinotherium as a gigantic far relative of modern elephants, but not their direct ancestor (although partially similar) because its genus formed a different evolutionary line, today died out. Some fossils of Deinotherium, found by the ancient Greeks, could have originated their mythology on Cyclops, giants and titans, especially observing the large nasal opening in a skull (at the base of the trunk), easy to mistake for the large single eye of a Cyclops.

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18 comments:

  1. very terrifying... wouldnt wanna mess with the gigantopithecus hahaha

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  2. These things are great!
    Glad they don't live in this age!

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  3. :)) hiiihahiiih what s that pothead doing on 3? :))

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  4. that thing is truly terrifying...

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  5. Holy shit... Those are huge. I bet Steve wouldn't mess with that sting ray.

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  6. Steve wouldn't stand a chance against that one.

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  7. Wow that sting ray is MASSIVE.

    Nice blog btw.

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  8. "ts lethal venomous and serrated barb has been known to pierce through objects tougher than concrete with ease"

    Don't mess with it.

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  9. My fucking God. Wonder if that stingray would kill a giant Steve Irwin though?

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  10. Awesome pics. I remember reading about the Deinotherium in school.

    Following and showing my support.

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  11. I like things like this. Good post, keep it up!

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