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9 Cryptids that Turned Out to be Real
 
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From Dragons, to the mammal that lays eggs, these are 9 Cryptids that turned out to be REAL! Komodo Dragon -- Until 1910, rumors of a huge, prehistoric reptile slithering about a remote Indonesian island were just that -- rumors. In that year, a Dutch colonial official undertook an expedition to Komodo Island .. and he captured and killed a 6 foot specimen. The dragon carcass was sent as proof to the Zoological Museum and Botanical Garden in Java, which bestowed the name ‘Varanus komodoensis’ (ver-annus komma-doan-sis) upon the creature. But an American explorer named W. Douglas Burden wanted proof for himself. So he organized his own expedition in 1926, with the goal of returning to New York City with two large, living specimens. Yangtze Giant Soft-shell Turtle (Hoan Kiem Turtle) -- In a story taught to generations of Vietnamese schoolchildren, Kim Qui (q’why) is the legendary Golden Turtle God. This turtle is considered the sacred custodian of the magic sword of Le Loi (la loy) … the 15th century rebel leader who vanquished Chinese invaders. After his victory, Le Loi returned the sword to Kim Qui, who took it and submerged into the lake, which was later renamed “Hoan Kiem” (hone keem) … or ‘the Lake of the Returned Sword’. The Hoan Kiem Turtle was always considered a myth until 1998 … that’s scientists managed to film the creature and caught several live samples. And that proved to the world that the Golden Turtle God truly did exist! The former cryptid is recognized by science as the extremely rare Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, although it’s known by a few other names as well. There were only four such creatures known to exist, and one died at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake earlier in 2016, leaving only three in existence. You can find out more by checking out an episode we produced a few months back called “22 Rarest Animals on Earth”! The Okapi ah-copy (African Unicorn) -- No, we didn’t make this one up. The Okapi (ah-copy) truly does exist in remote rainforests of central Africa. While it looks like a combination of animals including the zebra, deer, and antelope, it’s actually most closely related to the giraffe. You can tell by the neck. They even have that animal’s characteristic long blue tongue. While they were known to locals as the Atti or O’api these were quiet and solitary creatures … and they easily evaded attempts by Europeans to capture them …In fact, Europeans came to consider the okapi a myth, referring to them as the ‘African unicorn’. It wasn’t until 1901 that the okapi lost that mythical status . That’s when the British governor of Uganda, Sir Harry Johnston, sent the skeleton of an okapi, along its striped skin to the British Museum for classification. Even though the okapi is now recognized by mainstream science, it still remains an icon of cryptozoology in the 21st century. Giant Squid (Kraken) -- Stories of enormous squids have circulated around the world since the days of Aristotle, who described such monsters. Legends such as the Lusca (luska) in the Caribbean or the Sea Monk of medieval Europe became familiar to seafarers … but the most famous of all legendary squids is the Kraken, the massive tentacled beast said to be as big as an island and devour ships whole. Such creatures were considered myths prior to 1870s, when carcasses of giant squids were beached on the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. Platypus (Chimera) -- If there’s any animal that qualifies as a real life cryptid, surely it’s the platypus … that’s why we’re giving this marvelous, mashed-up mammal our top spot. With a duck’s bill, otter-like feet and a beaver’s tail, the creature looks like it just stepped out of a Photoshop session. In 1798, preeminent British scientists thought the creature was a hoax. Even its corpse had scholars suspecting it was some sort of sewn-together animal made by Chinese sailors, not unlike the Fiji Mermaid. Today the Platypus is recognized as one of only five monotremes -- mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. Did you know this is one of the few venomous mammals … the males have spurs on their hind legs that can deliver venom that causes humans severe pain. It’s also known as an iconic symbol of Australia. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 Epic Native American Cryptids
 
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From the Sasquatch and Skinwakers; to sea monsters and the wendigo; Enjoy the 12 Epic Native American Myths & Legends Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Pukwudgie (puck-wudge-EE) According to Wampanoag (wahm-puh-NO-ag) folklore these small, bipedal humanoid creatures stand up to 3 feet tall and exhibit human features … although they have grey skin, and enlarged ears, noses and fingers. In addition to occasionally glowing, they’re said to possess a vast array of unusual abilities … The can vanish and reappear at will … Create fire when they desires … employ magic when necessary … and can even transmogrify themselves into a bipedal porcupine. Pukwudgie were once friendly with humans, but apparently the relationship soured. Today, they known to kidnap people and attack victims with spears and knives. As you might expect, humans are sell advised to leave the creatures alone. Skinwalkers These creatures are found in many Native American legends … and the Navajo have some of the best documented lore concerning them. Skinwalkers have the supernatural ability to shapeshift into any creature they wish. They are often disguised as animals like wolves, eagles, or coyotes. But they’ll assume the form of any creature that has the abilities it requires at that time. For example, if the skinwalker needs to travel quickly, it might assume the form of a crow. There are some beliefs that skinwalkers can steal the face of another person … or fuse themselves into the body of another, and read the mind of a human. It can also generate any animal noise it chooses, regardless of what form they currently hold. Not unlike vampires, skinwalkers need an invitation before they can enter an inhabited home … so they might mimic the voice of a loved one to lure you outside. And they might try to poison you by blowing corpse dust into your face … that’s a powder ground from the bones of infants. It’s advised you not upset skinwalkers, because they actively seek to cause humans harm. 2.Wendigo (wendy-go) This cryptid has been reported along the Atlantic coast, from the US to Canada … and is said to prefer colder weather. In Algonquin folklore, the Wendigo can be perceived as either a cannibalistic monster or an evil spirit. In its spirit form, it will possess a human and transform them into an abomination. Or it can appear as a monster that displays human traits. In this version, they’re said to stand around 14 feet high, with a gaunt frame and ashy grey skin. One particular description I liked called it an enormous, animated skeleton that reeks of decay. Most accounts agree they have long tongues, sharp yellow fangs and glowing eyes. According to legend, Wendigos were originally humans that turned to cannibalism, or committed another egregious act like murder … and that triggered their unholy transformation. 1.Sasquatch The word ‘Sasquatch’ comes from the language of the Salish (sal-ish), people indigenous to coastal British Columbia. The word means ‘wild man’ … and native tribes have long related stories of ape-like animals roaming through North American forests. The Spokanes (spoh-KANs) of Washington state spoke of a race of hairy giants that would arrive at night to steal people and salmon. Witnesses have described them as having a pronounced brow ridge, standing up to 11 feet tall and covered in a coat of reddish brown fur. While they’re most often portrayed as ape-like creatures, the earliest reported sightings claimed they were more bear-like in appearance. There’s a pictograph of a Sasquatch that dates back around a thousand years located near Taft California at the Painted Rock Shelter? You can see it in detail in the picture taken by Kathy Moskowitz Strain. The painting itself is about 8.5 feet tall … and depicts a creature standing upright with its arms outstretched. The left arm has white outlines … while its right arm appears to be a rusty shade of red. Two similar forms are located next to the creature, which are believed to portray a mother and child. Local indigenous people referred to the being as “Hairy Man” Did you know that sightings of such cryptids have been reported on every continent except Antarctica.
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10 AFRICAN CRYPTIDS EXPLAINED
 
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From the GIANT Spider that eats humans for breakfast, to the even more cryptic, rarely spotted Jungle Walrus, these are 10 African Cryptids Explained 5. J’ba Fofi (jibba-fo’fi) -- Also called the Congolese Great Spider, it’s alleged to exist in forests of the Congo, and has a brown-colored body not unlike a tarantula, with a leg span up to six feet. The earliest documented sighting in the Congo was in 1938 when a family of three reportedly saw a spider as big as a monkey. They’re supposedly able to spin strong, circular webs between two trees, leaving a strand that extends across game trails. Natives claim the creatures are highly venomous and prey on small game like birds and forest antelope. 4. Ennedi Tiger (en-eddie) -- a sabre-toothed cat purportedly inhabits the Ennedi Plateau in eastern Chad in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are reportedly two different species of this animal … one called Hadjel that mainly roams about the mountains ...and one that dwells in the water, called Mourou N’gou (mor-oo nah-goo). Hadjel (agile) is larger than a lion and has a reddish coat with white stripes, but has no tail. It’s said to have protruding teeth and is strong enough to carry off bigger antelopes. Natives described the creature as a sabertooth to western explorers. The water type, Mourou N’gou, is also said to be larger than a lion at up to 12 feet, and is extremely fierce with walrus-like teeth. This one is colored red with white markings. And unlike the Hadjel, it is always reported as having a long tail. There’s speculation that this creature might be an otter, as its habitat extends into the Central African Republic. We couldn’t find any comparison for the Hadjel. Is it possible that saber toothed cats survived into the 21st century? 3. Mokele-mbembe (ma-kell memb)-- In the Lingala (Iing-ala) language that name means “the one who stops the flow of rivers”. This huge creature has been the object of many expeditions, but they’ve always come back with nothing more than unexplained footprints and secondhand accounts. The creature is said to inhabit pools and swamps of The People's Republic of Congo … and has a long neck and tail, along with three claws, judging from tracks. When locals were shown the picture of a sauropod dinosaur, they identified it as the creature in question. Reports place the animal’s length up to 32 feet, with its neck and tail each extending 10 feet. It’s said the animal is silent and usually stays underwater except when it eats or travels. There are reports of of the creature overturning boats and killing passengers by biting them. And it doesn’t seem too fond of hippos … it’s known to kill them on sight. This cryptid sounds like a variation on the Loch Ness Monster, doesn’t it? 2. The Adze (ads) -- This cryptid is found in the legends of the Ewe people of Togo and Ghana. It’s a vampire that can take the forms of various insects such as fireflies … but if it’s captured, it reverts to human appearance. That’s a bad idea because the Adze could attack and eat your organs … but the good news is, it can be defeated. The trick is to destroy their human form before they can start up with all that bloody mess. While in its insect form, the vampire will suck the victim's blood while they sleep … and that spreads disease … it’s thought to be a possible explanation for outbreaks of malaria. As if all that isn’t bad enough, victims of the Adze also become a witch who is possessed by the vampire’s spirit. Encountering the Adze doesn’t exactly sound like a day at the beach, does it? 1. Dingonek (dinga-neck) -- Allegedly spotted in the jungles of West Africa, this creature is also known as the Jungle Walrus. It’s been described as up to 18 feet long, with walrus-like tusks over 3 feet long earning it that nickname. But wait, there’s more … The beast is said to be completely covered in scales not unlike an armadillo, has reptilian claws, a long horn , and a long tail that has a sharp, scorpion-like stinger that contains a deadly toxin. If that doesn’t sound enough of a an animal mash-up, natives have also described it as a cross between a whale, a sea serpent and a leopard! The Jungle Walrus is also known to be so fierce it can take down bull hippos. Could this cryptid be some unknown, unidentified species? Consider this: At the Brakfontein (brak-fon-tyne) Ridge of South Africa there’s a cave painting that matches the description of the Dingonek … right down to the tusks! You can see it here and decide for yourself … It’s in the lower left, and you actually can make out the tusks … and the body shape is similar to a walrus! Is it just coincidence … or is it possible that the Jungle Walrus was for real? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 UNREAL ANCIENT LOCATIONS
 
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From the astonishing city of Masada, to the amazing Petra, these are 10 UNREAL Ancient Locations ! 5. Masada -- Its name in Hebrew means ‘stronghold’ or ‘mountain castle’ … an apt description. It’s often considered a fortress, and is found in Israel, on the western shore of the Dead Sea. It was built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC. The plateau upon which it was built was surrounded by deep gorges and naturally fortified. And it was known for its ingenious engineering, containing a palace, barracks, a storehouse and an armory. Today, it might be best known for a battle between the Roman legions and 960 Jewish Zealots … which ended with the Zealots mass suicide in 73 AD 4. Churches of Goreme (go-reem) -- Around 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in Turkey … the lava and ash formed soft rocks in the country’s Cappadocia (kappa-doe-sha) region, that covered some 20,000 kilometers. Present day fairy chimneys were formed as the softer rock was eroded by water and wind, but leaving a the hard cap rock atop the pillars. The people of Goreme, in the heart of the region, realized it was easy to carve houses, monasteries and churches from out of the soft rock. The Christian sanctuaries contains numerous examples of Byzantine artwork. The colorful frescoes are considered an exceptional artistic achievement from this period. 3. Kailasha temple Ellora Caves -- Located in India, this site is thought to represent the pinnacle of Indian rock-cut architecture … and is one of the largest such complexes in the world. Ellora features 34 caves excavated out of the rock. And the caves consist of artwork and monuments of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism (jane-ism) from the period of 600-1000 AD, thought to be when the caves were built. It’s now an archaeological site … but historically, the caves have served as temples for prayers, monasteries for monks and a place for pilgrims to rest. Did you know the world’s single largest monolithic rock excavation is found here? It’s called the Kailasha (kel-asha) Temple, a monument dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It’s especially notable for its vertical excavation … that is, carvers started from the top of the original rock, then excavated downward. Amazingly, its area is twice the size of the Parthenon in Athens. 2. Lycian (liss-ee-un) Tombs -- The ancient Lycians (liss-ee-uns) were a group of people that didn’t leave behind the most detailed historical record … but they did leave behind some amazing architecture! Lycia was actually a federation of ancient cities located in present-day Turkey. Many of their tombs were cut directly into the rock face, most often a cliff. The elaborate funeral chambers of wealthy Lycians were usually decorated with detailed relief carving. Outside, the tombs displayed important events that occurred during the lifetime of the deceased, as well as their specific likeness. A sliding stone door sealed the entrance. None of the rock-cut tombs can be dated before the 4th century, BC. Other tombs created by the Lycians (liss-ee-uns) include the sarcophagus tomb, notable for their large size and consisting of a base, a grave chamber and a pointed lid. The oldest and least common Lycian tomb is the Pillar Tomb … they only exist in west Lycia and consist of a monolith which narrows toward the top, standing on the ground or positioned on a base. The best known pillar tomb is probably the Harpy Tomb at Xanthos (zan-thos). 1. Petra -- This site was first introduced to the western world by a Swiss explorer in 1812 … but it existed long before that. Although an exact date is unknown, this city may have been established as early as 312 BC by the Nabataeans (na-BAT-ee-uns). Petra is famed for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It’s also known as the Rose City, due to the sandstone from which it is carved. Enclosed by gargantuan rock walls of the Wadi Musa (mews) Canyon, Petra enjoyed a perennial water stream, and had the advantages of a fortress. The city became a major junction for main commercial routes that linked Asia and southern Arabia with Egypt, Greece and Rome. Petra is listed as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, and is Jordan’s most visited tourist site. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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11 Worlds's WORST Invasive Species
 
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From alien ant species at war, to the bloodthirsty tiger mosquito; These are 11 of the world’s worst invasive species! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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14 Cities That Time Forgot
 
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10 World's Most Bizarre Cryptid Mysteries
 
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Unsolved Creature Mysteries including monster vampires, flying critters and odd cryptids; These are 10 World's Most Bizarre Cryptid Mysteries ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Strange Skull A mysterious mummified skull was found in Peru. It had an odd, elongated shape and was almost as big as its body, which measured around 20 inches. The skull was one of two sets of remains found in the southern part of the country. The second mummy was found incomplete and measured about 12 inches. The discoveries were made by Renato Davila Riquelme, who works for the Privado Ritos Andinos Museum in Cusco (KOOS-kaw). He noted several anomalies about the strange skull. It possessed eye cavities much larger than found in humans … It has two large molars, which are normally found in older humans -- but the skull also has a soft spot called a ‘fontanelle’, which is usually characteristic of children about a year old. Mr Riquelme also noted that the skull’s features could not be matched with any of the world’s ethnic groups. DNA analysis was planned to be conducted on the remains of an eyeball found in the eye socket. Still, he says that anthropologists from Spain and Russia arrived to examine the remains in Cusco (KOOS-kaw) … and their findings all agreed that whatever this skull belonged to was -- quote -- “not a human being”. Could it be proof of extraterrestrial life … or is there another explanation? Let us know in the comments. Alien On Ice In 2011, a number of UFO sightings took place in Russia. One of the stories that stood out involved a woman who allegedly kept the corpse of an extraterrestrial in her refrigerator! She claimed to have retrieved the critter’s body after a UFO crashed near her home in 2009. After which she kept it in the fridge to preserve it … her logic was not explained. But she did circulate pictures of the body to prove its existence. It kind of resembled a mash up of a fish and a humanoid … with bulging eyes, a huge noggin and a weird appendage that extended from its body. We found that a few days after her story appeared two gentlemen claiming to be from the Karelian (kah-REE-lee-un) Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences gave her a visit…. And left with the strange corpse. The remains of what were alleged to be the skeletons of tiny winged fairies were said to have been found in the basement of an old house in London. Along with the small skeletons, the remains of purported werewolves, aliens and other unidentifiable monstrosities were found at the same location in 1960. At that time, the residence had been scheduled for demolition in order to clear the area for a new residential neighborhood to be constructed there. The long-abandoned mansion was owned by an obscure 19th century biologist and aristocrat named Thomas Theodore Merrilyn … who left behind thousands of small wooden, coffinlike boxes that were occupied by horrific, otherworldly creatures. The artifacts later came to light in stories posted online in 2016 by a man named Alex CF, who now claims to serve as curator of the horrid collection. Do you think they were real? Atacama Alien In 2003, a bizarre discovery was made in Chile’s Atacama Desert … the remains of what appeared to an extraterrestrial creature. The specimen measured only 6 inches long, and had an elongated skull, giving it an alien appearance. But when experts from Stanford University analyzed its DNA, its was shown to be a human that lived centuries ago -- we couldn’t find an exact time frame. Still, there were plenty of questions. Why did it have only 10 ribs? Why was its skull so oddly formed? What could account for its small stature? Analysis indicated the specimen was around 6 to 8 years old … so why would a child that age be so tiny? Experts say that no known form of dwarfism that would correspond with the creature’s age and miniscule size. And there’s the matter of the creature’s genetic material -- some of its genes don’t match the human genome. Doctors have ruled this to be a viable organism and not a hoax of any kind … and its true origins remain a mystery.
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14 Scariest Insects
 
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From the infamous Tse Tse Fly to the GIANT weta, these are 14 of the scariest insects. Japanese Giant Hornet -- You can’t miss this creature … it’s about the size of your thumb, and has the ability to spray venom … flesh-eating venom, which it’ll attempt to spray in your eyes. That’s bad enough, but the venom also contains a pheromone mix that alerts hornets in the area to rush over and attack the victim. They’re also known to fly 50 miles within 24 hours, so they’re tough to outrun. Army Ant/Soldier Ant -- they’re found in the Amazon Basin and soldiers can reach a half-inch long. They’re known for their habit of swarming over and dismantling any living obstacle in their path, no matter how big …not a surprise. Soldiers have massive jaws like machetes measuring half the length of the insect itself. Their entire colony can number over a million, and they settle just long enough for the queen to lay her eggs, before assuming their notorious swarm formation. There are reports of Army ants overwhelming and shredding animals as big as horses. Did you know these ants are actually blind? Bot Fly -- While there are many varieties of Bot Fly, we’ll focus on the Human Bot Fly, which will lay its eggs on a mosquito or any insect that will try to land on a human. Once that carrier does land, the eggs are deposited on the skin and then hatched by body heat. Then the larvae actually burrow into the victim’s skin and stay there … living and eating. And depending on where the eggs are deposited, they can grow anywhere in the human body. Which means a botfly could potentially burrow its way right into your brain. Penny for your thoughts? Rhinoceros Beetle -- It’s also called the Hercules Beetle and can grow to 6 inches long. Their scary-looking spikes enable them to overturn their opponents when battling for mates. The horns themselves make up a third of the beetle's body weight. Wondering why they’re called Hercules beetles? Some species of the bug can lift things 850 times their own body weight … that’s like a human lifting 9 adult male elephants! Assassin Bug -- The name is scary enough on its own. But did you know they’re also called ‘Kissing Bugs’ because of their tendency to bite humans on their facial lips. That bite can transmit a parasite that results in Chagas Disease -- an infection that can damage major organs, sometimes fatally so. They get the assassin nickname because they tend to attack other insects in a quick and violent fashion, using their sharp beaks to stab their victim to death. Jewel Wasp -- Found in Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands, its name comes from its metallic body, colored blue and green. And if you hate cockroaches, this insect might be your new best friend. The Jewel Wasp will inject its venom directly into the brain of a cockroach, effectively turning the victim into a kind of zombie. After laying its egg into the abdomen of the cockroach, the egg hatches and chews through the roach’s insides while the host is still living. Sounds like a horror movie doesn’t it? Well, after the cockroach dies some 8 days later, a cocoon forms about the larva … and a month later, it’s ready to emerge. Giant Weta -- They may not have the same scary behavior as some of the other creatures on the list … But many people find the sheer size of this insect to be scary! In fact it’s the world’s heaviest insect so far reported, and can weigh upwards of 2.5 ounces … bigger than some mice! Native to New Zealand, fossils of the creature have been found dating back some 190 million years ago during the Triassic Period. That could make it older than certain dinosaurs. Did you know that the ears of this insect are located on its knees? Tse Tse Fly - Found only in rural Africa, the Tse Tse Fly is well known for carrying the sleeping sickness -- also known as trypanosomiases in humans -- they spread the disease by biting their victims, resulting in a parasitic infection. Within a few weeks fevers and headaches develop, followed poor coordination, numbness. Left untreated, cardiac and kidney dysfunction can occur. Neurological damage can cause a disruption in the victim’s sleep cycle, which inspired the name ‘sleeping sickness’. The victim’s 24-hour rhythm becomes fragmented, causing them to experience periods of wakefulness during the night, and sleep episodes in the daytime. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 ANCIENT Discoveries in Siberia
 
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From a 30,000 Year Old Virus, to the Most PERFECTLY preserved mammoth ever, these are 10 ANCIENT Discoveries in Siberia ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Cryptids of Central & South America
 
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From sourcerer goats, to actual goat killers, theres are 10 cryptids of Central & South America ! The Onza (on-za) -- It’s claimed to be a feline species, and has been recorded since 1519 when Spanish conquistadores invaded Aztec Mexico. Some of the creatures were reportedly found in the zoo of Montezuma. These animals resembled cougars, but had lighter frames with longer striped legs, ears, and tails. In the 1990s, a research team from Texas Tech University examined the frozen corpse of a reputed onza. DNA testing later revealed the specimen to be a puma, no different from any other. Most cryptozoologists still speculate that the Onza could be a new subspecies of cougar or even an entirely new species of cat. Ya Te Veo Tree -- It’s a form of carnivorous tree that has a taste for large insects … but also tries to catch human cuisine as well. The tree is said to grow on secluded mesas of Central and South America. Most descriptions of the plant report that it has huge tendril-like spines radiating from a short, thick trunk. These spines possess dagger-like teeth, or barbs … with their outer ends lying on the ground. The trunk appears like an empty couch and serves to attract the attention of potential prey. When a victim steps within the circle of spines, they suddenly arise and encircle them like huge anacondas. Using its daggers, the spines crush the victim until all the blood is squeezed from the carcass. Some descriptions claim the tree even has an eye it uses to locate prey. That might be where its name “Ya Te Veo” originates … that’s Spanish for “I see you”! Andean Wolf -- This creature was first disputedly discovered when a German animal dealer named Lorenz Hagenbeck bought a pelt from a trader in Bueno Aires who claimed it was from a wild dog in the Andes. In 1940, when the pelt was analyzed in Germany, researchers concluded it belonged to a mountain species of the maned wolf. Hagenbeck later connected the pelt to a skull he had discovered about a decade earlier. The skull was larger than that of a maned wolf, leading Hagenbeck to believe he had found a new species. He published a paper in 1947 describing the new animal, and it became known as Hagenbeck’s Wolf. But doubts about the claim arose when the skull was unavailable for peer review … it had been lost during World War II. Further doubt surfaced in 1960 when analysis revealed the pelt belonged to a domestic dog. A DNA analysis in 2000 failed due to the pelt’s contamination and chemical treatment. The Andean Wolf has never been substantiated … Do you think it ever existed? Sucuriju Gigante (soo-koo-ree-hoo) -- This elusive constrictor snake is said to grow to a length of 40 meters and weigh up to 5 tons. With its massive size, it’s said to control whatever rivers it lives in. Ancient stories claim the beast made the Amazon River its home. Sightings of the giant creature have been reported since 1846 and persisted into the late 1970s. But in that time there’s been no definitive proof of this creature discovered. Some scientists have speculated that it could be a descendent of Gigantophis gih-gan-tof-is), a huge snake from the Eocene period some 30 million years ago. It could grow to lengths of 33 feet. And the more recent discovery of fossils from Titanoboa spur speculation that Sucuriju (soo-koo-ree-hoo) Gigante could exist. Titanoboa reached a length of 48 feet and lived from 60 to 58 million years ago. El Chupacabra -- Well, there was never a mystery as to our choice on this list for numero uno. The Chupacabra has been featured many times on Epic Wildlife, and the creature always inspires a lot of speculation and debate. It’s name literally translates from Spanish as “goat-sucker”. That’s a reference to the creature’s habit of attacking and eating livestock. It was first reported in Puerto Rico in 1995, when eight sheep were found completely drained of blood. Since then, it’s been sighted from the southwestern US to Mexico and Paraguay. We even found a story claiming that a chupacabra had been found in the Ukraine! Descriptions of the beast tend to vary. Some say it has leathery greenish-gray skin with a pronounced spinal ridge, stands around 4 feet high and hops like a kangaroo. It’s also been described as a type of wild dog-like creature, mostly hairless, with pronounced eye sockets, claws and fangs. Interesting to note that reports of the beast in Latin America often involve attacks on animals involving exsanguination … While reports in the US usually revolve around canines and raccoons with mange, and are referred to as chupacabras due to their strange appearance. Have you ever encountered a chupacabra? Let us know in the comments! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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8 Most Famous American Cryptids
 
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From the Jersey Devil to the recently spotted Bigfoot in Canada, these are the 8 most FAMOUS American Cryptids Mothman -- Although the name sounds like it might belong to a comic book character, Mothman refers to unidentified creatures seen in West Virginia’s Point Pleasant area between 1966 and 1967. The Mothman was described as a human-like figure with glowing red eyes and wings measuring ten-feet. A couple from Point Pleasant claimed they encountered one of the creatures while driving on the outskirts of town. Over 100 reports of similar creatures were made over the year. Pope Lick Monster -- This one lives in Louisville Kentucky underneath the Norfolk Southern Railway over Floyd’s Fork Creek. These creatures don’t usually have such specific locations, all that’s missing is a street address. At any rate, the creature resembles a man, a sheep and a goat, all in one. A number of legends abound with this cryptid. It attacks victims with a blood-stained axe … It has the power to hypnotize its victims into walking into oncoming traffic or approaching trains. It also has the irritating habit of jumping onto car roofs and and destroying them … well, that is a new one. Despite warnings from Norfolk Southern Railway to stay away from the site, interest in the creature continues to this day. In April of 2016, a 26-year-old Ohio woman died after being hit by a train as she searched for the Pope Lick Monster. Skinwalkers -- These are people with the supernatural ability to transform into any creature they desire. Found in many Native American legends, the Navajo have some of the best documented lore surrounding these cryptids. While frequently seen as a coyote, fox, wolf,eagle or crow, a skin walker will assume the form based on what specific abilities it requires … If the skin walker needs to travel quickly it might assume the form of a bird, for example. There’s also a belief that skin-walkers can steal another person’s face, absorb themselves into the body of another, and read the thoughts of a human. And it can make any human or animal noise it desires, regardless of their current form. Similar to vampires, Skinwalkers can’t enter an inhabited home without an invitation … so they might try to lure you outside by mimicking the voice of a relative. A skin walker seeks to cause humans harm, so try not to upset them … We haven’t even mentioned their ability to throw down curses, too. Enough to make your skin crawl. Beast of Bray Road -- First reported in 1936, this cryptid was supposedly spotted along a country road outside of Elkhorn Wisconsin. It was described as a hairy, bear-like creature, although Bigfoot might be the better comparison. Bi-pedal, the Beast stood 7 feet tall standing up with a weight reported between 400-700 pounds. While some sources labeled it a werewolf, none of the sightings ever mentioned the creature transforming from a human into a wolf. Some explanations for the creature included it being some unknown variety of wild dog, or perhaps a wolfdog. A 3-minute film surfaced in 2002, claiming to show footage of the beast. A second film was also “discovered” that featured real footage of the creature. Debates about both film's authenticity raged until 2010 when Steve Cook on Monsterquest confirmed that both films were fake. Was Bigfoot Caught … on Video? As far as cryptids go, they just don’t seem to get any bigger -- literally -- than Bigfoot, with reports of the monster claiming it stands up to 9 feet tall. While there have been countless sightings, roughly one-third have occurred in the Pacific Northwest. A sighting in 2013 made news when the legendary sasquatch was allegedly seen in Mission, British Columbia in Canada. A couple hiking through the area shot some video of a large figure that seems to shamble over a hilltop in the forest. Fairly typical of these sorts of stories, the footage is blurry and the camerawork has that trademark shakiness. And of course the subject tends to be conveniently far enough away to make exact details difficult to discern. Seems Bigfoot is never ready for its close-up. But stills captured from the video do seem to depict a creature of some sort, although for all we know of could be someone in a Bigfoot outfit … that has been known to happen. To be fair, the remote area does seem like the place where a Bigfoot might call home, offering thousands of miles of wilderness in which the creature could hide out. Authentic or not, the video has managed to rack up over 1.5 million views since it was initially posted on YouTube in 2013. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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What are Antlions?
 
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This creepy crawly creature, also know as the Antlion has a very interesting way of capturing its prey. Learn more here on Miniature Monday! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 Bizarre Cryptids from the British Isles
 
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From the remains of a LEGENDARY Sea Serpent, to the fearsome Irish Crocodile; These are 9 BIZARRE Cryptids From The British Isles ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Blue Men of the Minch Kelpie (KEL-pee) Each-uisge (ee-chu-wis-ch) The Big Grey Man The Morag (mor-RAK) Beast of Bodmin Moor This phantom wildcat allegedly prowls around Bodmin Moor of Cornwall England … and the term has applied to other alleged alien big cats reported in the region. Evidence of the critters was found when farmers reported livestock that had been mutilated. A long held theory suggested that the strange critters might have been imported to the UK as part of private zoos or private collections. In 2016, a story broke that may have corroborated that hypothesis … to a degree, anyway. The owner of the Dartmoor Zoo, located about 60 miles from Bodmin Moor, admitted that a pack of pumas was released from the facility into the wild during the 1980s. The animals somehow managed to survive and multiply over the years … and preyed on livestock and fed off rubbish to survive. It’s now thought that these animals could have helped inspire stories of the cryptid Beast of Bodmin Moor, and other alien big cats. Does that finally solve the mystery of this cryptid? The Beast of Tunbridge Wells This critter has been likened to a UK version of Bigfoot. It’s described as an ape like creature covered in thick brown fur … and stands around 8 feet tall with demonic red eyes, and long arms. It was first sighted in town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent around 1942 … A sighting was reported by territorial soldiers who claimed to have encountered the beast in 1991 … witnesses said it had boar-like tusks and exuded a foul odor. The encounter was said to last several minutes … during which the creature roared at the soldiers, who drove it away by throwing rocks at it. Then in 2012, the beast made some news when a resident of Tunbridge Wells claimed to have seen a creature matching the beast’s description. The encounter took place in the woods near the town’s common. Additional sightings in the town were reported around the same time, but many people thought it was a prank … what do you think? Morgawr (mor-GOW-uh) In Cornish, the name means, ‘sea giant’ … and it refers to a huge creature said to resemble a plesiosaur that inhabits the waters near Falmouth Bay in Cornwall, England. The serpent like creature was first sighted in 1906 … although some sources place the initial sighting at 1876. It’s been described as being more than 20 feet long with greyish-green skin, small flippers, and an enormous mouth. While not as well known as Nessie, the Morgawr is thought to be sighted around every five years or so. In fact, we found a report of the creature in 2017. The remains of a purported sea monster washed ashore a beach in Charlestown, Cornwall in February. The man who discovered it said the creature was around 8 feet long and was beginning to smell. So far, there’s been no positive identification of what the creature may have been. The remains would seem too small to belong to the legendary critter. But many are convinced this is indeed the carcass of the Morgawr … what do you think? The Irish Crocodile -- This cryptid is also known as Dobhar-chu (doe-bar-choo) … and depending on the account, it was either the size of the fearsome reptile, or the size of a big dog. We found quite a few descriptions for this critter. Some say it resembled an otter with a long neck and smooth black skin, with a long tail. Others say it had the hindquarters of a greyhound, with large paws and fur. Some details did remain constant, though: Reports of the creatures living deep within Irish lakes and rivers date back to around the 17th century. It’s said to rapidly cover great distances on land or in the water … and is known to have a taste for human flesh. They attack by grasping onto their prey and dragging them underwater to eat. The artist Sean Corcoran claimed to have seen one of the creatures in 2003 on Omey Island in County Galway. He described it as a large dark creature that could swim fast and had feet similar to flippers that were colored orange. He said it leaped onto a boulder and let loose with a haunting screech before disappearing.
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10 Weird Creatures Washed Up On Shore
 
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From mythical giant squids, to completely bizarre fish, these are the weirdest animals washed up on shore ! # 5 Conjoined Gray Whales On January 5th of 2015, extremely rare conjoined grey whale calves washed up on the shores of Baja California, Mexico. The Siamese twins measured about seven to ten feet in length which is about 5-6 feet shorter than most gray whale calves. Although many people don’t see them, according to veterinarian Michael Moore, conjoined twins being born to large whales is not completely unheard of. However they’re rarely seen because of how hard it is to give birth and raise two whales out in the middle of the ocean. When they washed up, concerns were raised about it being the results of the nuclear fallout from the Fukushima plant meltdown but after testing the DNA of the twins no radiation was found. # 4 Hairy Dolphin In 2015, a really strange creature washed up onto the coast of Russia. It looked like a completely strange sight to see in the cold region as dolphins aren’t native to the region. The carcass was also very strange looking - although it seemed like a the remains of an Indian or Ganges dolphin it was also covered in what looked like fur. The reason that the dolphin ended up all the way over by Russia is because a sudden change in warm water currents allowed it to swim out to Russian Waters. However, the surge of warmth quickly fades and the dolphin is left in water that is too cold for it to survive in which leads to it freezing to death. Before this lost dolphin wound up on shore, it collected algae that began to grow on its corpse. That algae is what gives it the appearance of having fur. # 3 Longnosed Batfish This completely baffling creature washed up on a beach in Brazil for tourists to find. It has wings, legs, and a tail and a strange nose looking appendage which makes it seem like the product of a randomizer in a Create-A-Fish game. It is actually the Longnosed Batfish which, while unknown to many people, is documented by scientists. It has evolved jointed fins and legs which allow it to walk along the seafloor in search of food and a strange suction tube like mouth which allows it to suck up their meals. Even though it’s not exactly a new discovery, it's strange and shocking appearance is just more proof of how little we know about our own ocean. # 2 Hairless Mystery Creature In December of 2014, this partly decomposed, hairy creature washed up onto a beach in Santa Barbara. It was discovered near a dredge pipe on the beach after a major brutal storm. Because of the violent storm, it’s hard to understand where it could have originated from. This picture was taken by Josh Menard, a 19 year old snowboarder from Lake Tahoe. Menard described it as having the body shape of a pig, a fat stomach, and insanely large canines. This mysterious hairless creature has been left unidentified but some hypotheses include a dog and a wolf. # 1 Millions of Velella velella In 2014, millions of creatures colloquially called “by-the-wind sailors” were washing up along the west coast from California to Oregon. The jellyfish like creatures are scientifically known as Velella velella and are actually hydrozoans, not jellyfish. The creatures look like strange little half blown plastic bags. Because they float freely with water and wind currents they don’t really have control over where they go. They’re usually found free floating around in the Pacific Ocean but they can be found all over the world. Every few years a really big storm might throw currents way off and end up setting millions of by-the-wind sailors crashing into beaches. Sometimes, they can even be found in piles 2 to 3 feet high. They don’t sting when touched but they do emit a specific rotting smell when they pile on in the beach. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 Creatures That Saved Peoples Lives
 
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From friendly whales to the heroic pets that saved their owners from disaster, these are 12 Creatures that Saved people's lives. What’s wrong with this picture? A Pot-bellied pig ran out of a house by squeezing itself through the doggy door. Then it waddled into the middle of the street and laid down, slowing traffic to a crawl. Finally, a man stopped and followed the pig, who led him back to the house. Inside the was JoAnn Altsman, who had fallen victim to a heart attack. Immediately rushed to the hospital, Ms Altsman could thank her daughter’s pig Lulu for taking some determined action to save her life! When a 78-year-old Australian farmer broke his hip after being accidentally knocked into a pile of fertilizer, he couldn’t move. Stuck there, no one could hear Noel Osborne’s cries for help because he was so far away. But Mandy, his goat, stayed with him for 5 days, keeping him warm by huddling next to him during some cold nights, and even allowing him to drink her milk for sustenance until help could arrive. Osborne lter declared Mandy's milk to be the elixir of life! A whale came to the rescue of a diver in China. The diver, 26-year-old Yang Yun was in a competition to see who could hold their breath the longest at the bottom of a 20-foot arctic pool inhabited by Beluga whales … without any breathing apparatus. When Yun couldn’t move her legs due to cramping caused by the freezing waters, a Beluga whale named Mila sensed something was wrong. The whale took the leg of the drowning diver in her mouth and was able to lift her to surface, allowing her to breathe … and saving her life. 93 people were stranded in stormy seas when a ship called Ethie crashed into rocks off the shore of Newfoundland in 1919. When a sailor was lost at sea after trying to throw a rope to people on the shore, the captain gave the rope to Tang, a dog that lived onboard. Tang jumped into the water with the rope in his mouth and swam for the beach. Once there, people pulled the dog onto land and securely tied the rope … which was used to bring in the remaining 92 people from the sinking ship. Tang received a medal from Lloyds of London for his bravery. A horse saved a Scottish rancher from being trampled to death by an enraged cow. The 1300 pound cow became angry when her calf was being led into shed by rancher Fiona Boyd. Boyd was knocked down when the cow charged her, and was convinced the animal was about to crush her.. But Kerry Gold the horse was grazing close by and immediately came to the rancher’s aid. Charging at the cow, Kerry used her back hooves to buck and kick at the bovine beast, then stood protectively as Boyd managed to escape by crawling under a fence. This story made international headlines back in 1986 ... a 5-year old boy named Levan Merritt fell 20 feet into the gorilla pit at the Jersey Zoo, suffering a fractured skull and a broken arm. Onlookers feared for the worst when a 7-foot 250-pound silverback gorilla named Jambo (yambo) approached the boy. But the big animal actually guarded Levan by placing himself in a position to protect the boy from other gorillas in the pit. When the awoke and started to cry, the gorilla ensured his troop was out of the way so human rescuers were able to reach the boy and airlift him to a hospital. After Jambo’s death in 1992, the zoo erected a life size bronze statue in his honor. Here’s a case of a 4-year-old helping an 8-year old … The 4-year-old was an elephant named Ningnong who saved an 8-year-old child named Amber Mason during a tsunami in Phuket (poo-kett) Thailand in 2005. The elephant took Amber on its back as the wave struck, running to higher ground. The animal created a protective wall to shield the child by keeping its back to the water as the wave crashed all about them. Amber's mother was convinced the child never could have survived without the elephant absorbing the wave’s punishment. In 2005, a 12-year-old girl was kidnapped by four men in rural Ethiopia while leaving school for home. When her captors tried to move her a week later as police were catching up, three lions showed up and chased the kidnappers away! The lions even stayed with her until police officers arrived. While the kidnappers had beaten the girl, the lions never so much as touched her. A local wildlife expert speculated the lions might have allowed the girl to live because her cries sounded similar to a cub’s. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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13 Strange Animal Discoveries Unearthed
 
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From monster scorpions that roamed the seas to bizarre Egyptian animal mummies, these are 13 strange animal discoveries, unearthed. #7 … Mummified Animals -- Ancient Egypt is famous for human mummies. But did you know that animals were also mummified for various reasons? Researchers believe the mummies of over 70 million animals were produced between 800 BC and 400 AD, ranging from birds to crocodiles. Some of the animals were intended for food offerings to humans in the afterlife. Others were used as sacrificial offerings to the gods, and Ancient Egyptian deities often took the form of animals … including cats, falcons, cows and baboons among many others. #6 … Spider Sense -- Here’s a picture from 100 million years ago, showing a spider in the process of attacking a wasp that’s actually caught in its web … 15 strands of spider silk are also preserved in amber. This is the only fossil discovered that depicts such a spider attack. The wasp never had a chance to deliver its sting … but it did have a long time to think about its mistake! #5 … Mix And Match -- In 2015, the excavation of an Iron Age Celtic settlement in Dorset, England revealed burial sites with strange hybrid-animals. Archaeologists said bones of different animals were intentionally placed together, and were reminiscent of mythical beasts found in ancient cultures. Some of the hybridized animals found at the site include a cow that had its legs replaced with horse’s legs … A sheep with its own head and the head of a bull placed on its rear end (pic) … And a horse with cow’s horns placed facing inward on its head. It’s thought ancient peoples would combine certain animal and/or human remains into one fantastic beast. Some of these hybridized beasts were regarded as monsters, while others played roles as counselors or guardians. #4 … Microraptor -- This amazing fossil discovered in China revealed a feathered dinosaur that had four wings … two wings on its front limbs and two on its rear. It’s unsure if this dinosaur could actually fly by flapping its wings, or if it would glide from tree to tree. This may well have been the world’s smallest dinosaur, weighing between 2 to 3 pounds, and lived about 130 million years ago. Microraptor is in the same family as the better-known Velociraptor, although they appeared much later. There were other birdlike dinosaurs such as Archaeopteryx (ar-kop-terr-icks), but they had only a single set of wings on their front limbs. #3 … Mysterious Claw -- A huge, well-preserved claw was found in the cave system of Mount Owen in New Zealand in 1986. The claw was intact with flesh and scaly skin, and was so well preserved that it seemed to belong to a creature that had only died recently.. After inspection, it was determined the mummified claw was over 3000 years old and belonged to a large prehistoric bird called an Upland Moa (moe-uh). It stood around 4 feet high and had feathers covering its whole body except the beak and soles of its feet. It’s believed the species died out centuries earlier. #2 … A Horse Is A Horse -- In 2013, archaeologists discovered the remains of a Thracian carriage and two horses that were buried upright. The horse skeletons and chariot, along with some decorations, were found in a Thracian tomb uncovered in north-east Bulgaria and are estimated to be 2,500 years old. The discovery is thought to have belonged to the Thracian nobility due to nearby graves containing imported goods. The horses were still attached to their elaborate harnesses and carriage when discovered. And it’s thought that the horses were killed after leading the carriage into its final resting place. Experts say the find is unlike any other found from the Thracian era in Bulgaria. So you know, the Thracians were nomads who settled in the central Balkans some 5,000 years ago, and were known to be fierce warriors. In fact one Thracian made quite a name for himself back in the day … a fella by the name of Spartacus ! #1 … Yuka (yoo-kuh) -- It’s the name of the best-preserved wooly mammoth ever discovered, off the north coast of Siberia in 2010. Complete with muscle tissue, fur, a blood sample and a brain still intact, the mammoth is estimated to be 39,000 years old. Thank the icy environment of the Russian Arctic Circle for the animal’s excellent preservation. It’s thought that the discovery will help advance efforts to clone ancient animals. Will we see the Wooly Mammoth walk the earth once more? Sounds like it could make a great movie. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN CRYPTIDS
 
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From mythical beasts you can't pronounce, to the most dangerous creature in all of Australia, the DROP BEAR, these are 10 FAMOUS Australian Cryptids 6. The Muldjewangk (muldge-u-wink) -- Did you know these cryptids are known as a terrible race of creatures? Well, their name is certainly terrifying … if you don’t believe us, just try pronouncing their name. Details on this creature vary … Some say it’s a single giant monster … others say they’re a race of half-human, half-fish mermen and mermaids. According to Australian Aboriginal mythology, they dwell deep in the Murray River in South Australia. They’re said to hide under large clumps of seaweed, which should be avoided. Pestering these creatures could result in the offender being stricken with running red blisters appearing all over their body .. which is followed by a slow, agonizing death. Some elders say these creatures no longer inhabit the river system … we say that’s a good thing! 5. Queensland Tiger -- its native name is ‘the Yarri’ (yarrie like mary)and it’s described as a dog-sized feline creature with prominent front teeth, stripes and a long tail. Earliest documented sightings date from 1871, although indigenous traditions of the Yarri preceded these. Reports of the creature have consistently been received from northeast of Queensland, but sightings have decreased since the 1950s. A creature similar to the Queensland tiger did exist … Thylacoleo (thy-la-ko-leo) was a large, predatory marsupial that became extinct 30,000 years ago … but modern sightings of a creature similar in appearance have led some experts to speculate a small population somehow survived in remote areas. Cryptozoologists speculate that the Tasmanian tiger could provide an explanation … those creatures match the description of the cryptid, but were declared extinct in 1986 … Is it possible some of them somehow managed to survive? 4. Yara Ma Yha Who (yarra-mah-ya-who) -- This cryptid comes from Australian Aboriginal mythology … and is said to resemble a small red man with an extremely big head, a large toothless mouth and suckers located on its hands and feet. Rather than hunting for food, it waits for an unsuspecting traveler to rest under the fig tree in which it lives. It then drops out of the tree and drains the victim’s blood using the suckers on its hands and feet. The creature then consumes the victim, after which it has a sip of water and takes a nap. When the creature awakes, it regurgitates the victim, leaving it shorter than before … the victim’s skin now has a reddish tint it did not have previously. 3. Drop Bears -- The best description of this cryptid might be that they’re huge, angry carnivorous koalas. They supposedly live atop gum and eucalyptus trees and hunt prey by dropping from the trees onto the noggins of their victims, knocking them out. Whereupon the Drop Bears usen their razor-like claws and sharp teeth to devour them. They are apparently unafraid of larger creatures and prefer to hunt at night. How does one protect himself? It’s said that spreading vegemite or toothpaste behind the neck and ears will deter the beasts. 2. Yowie (yo-ee like joey) -- You could call this cryptid the North American Bigfoot and-or Yeti of Australia. Also known as the Yahoo, The Yowie (yoey)is said to stand up to twelve feet tall, with a body covered in brown or black fur. Although generally reported as bipedal, the creatures are known to run on all fours as well. They’re most commonly sighted in Queensland's Gold Coast, and New South Wales. The first eyewitness accounts date to the 19th century but sightings as recent as 2014 when two yowie (yoey) hunters claimed to have filmed the creature in South Queensland using an infrared tree camera … they supposedly found large footprints and collected fur samples as well. Two other sightings were reported the same year. 1. Bunyip (b’yewn-yip) -- This is one of the more famous Australian cryptids, and is believed to live close to billabongs, creeks or swamps. As many as nine regional variations of this creature are found throughout Aboriginal Australia so getting a definitive description is difficult. But most accounts agree that the Bunyip (b’yewn-yip) has flippers, tusks and a horse-like tail. It’s said to make a loud bellowing noise when approached, and comes out at night to feast on children, women and animals. Sightings of this cryptid date back to the 19th century and were often reported during the Depression in the 1930s. Some real-life explanations for the Bunyip 9b’yewn-yip) include it being the Australasian Bittern (bit-urn), a large, shy bird known for its distinctive booming call … it’s often referred to as the ‘Bunyip (b’yewn-yip) bird’. !!Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Zombie Organisms In Nature
 
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Did you know you can find these zombies in your backyard? From the infected zombie ants to the brutal toxoplasma gondii, we take a look at 10 zombie organisms in nature ! Zombie Ants -- A fungus was found in carpenter ants living in Thailand’s rainforest that controls their nervous system to such a degree that they become automatons with only one purpose -- helping the fungus to reproduce itself. Ants ingest the fungus and after a few days the insects stop interacting with other ants, no longer follow trails and aimlessly wander until falling out of the forest canopy. This places them on a lower level, providing a much cooler and moister environment in which the fungus can flourish. The ants wander about until finding the ideal location for the fungus to reproduce … after which the ant dies. A whole new cycle begins after the fungus erupts out of the dead ant’s head, allowing its spores to easily be contracted by other ants. Even though things might look gloomy for the ants, the intrepid insects have found a way to fight back … Ants essentially use another fungus which consumes the fungus that turns them into zombies. Got that? The parasite found in the zombie-ant fungus is actually a hyperparasitic fungus … and it likes to attack the parasite that transforms ants into zombies. When it attacks, it effectively prevents the zombie-ant fungus from spreading its spores. By grooming one another the ants pass the hyperparasitic fungus on to one another and so defend the colony. Zombie Cockroaches -- Jewel Wasps have a win-win relationship with cockroaches … actually, it’s the wasp that gets the wins. Once strung by the parasitic jewel wasp, roaches lose their free will, allowing themselves to be led around by their antennae … like dogs. The wasp pulls the cockroach into their underground lair and lays its eggs inside the roach’s abdomen. As any respectable horror movie would have it, the larvae chew their way through the host’s body from the inside out -- while the roach is still alive! After about a month, the mature wasps emerge from the roaches’ body. Zombie Honeybees -- The fly that lays its eggs in bumblebees is also known to use honeybees as hosts as well. Apocephalus borealis lays eggs in the bee's body, whereupon the infected bee shuts down work and abandons the colony. The bees behavior becomes more moth-like as it tends to move toward lights, disrupting its navigation. Afflicted bees are known to stagger and fall. But their misery doesn’t last too long. The bee is put out of its misery when all those fly larvae explodes from behind its head. You knew there had to be a happy ending. Zombie Snails -- Take a look at the snail’s tentacle … guess what? That’s not a tentacle .. it’s worm known as the green-banded broodsac. The worm will journey into the worm’s digestive system and and grow into a long tube crammed with hundreds of reproductive larvae. The tube invades the tentacle and engages in a strange, pulsating display that attracts the attention of birds. Once duly attracted, the birds eat the snails, thus becoming hosts for the worm’s next growth phase. Eggs are laid that travel through the bird’s waste, and deposited onto plants … where they’re transmitted to snails, keeping that particular circle of life intact. Suicidal Grasshoppers -- A grasshopper or cricket unlucky enough to contract a certain parasitic hairworm will likely find itself developing a sudden death wish. Transmitted in larval form through water, the parasite grows into a worm inside the grasshopper’s body … to a length more than 3 to 4 times longer than its host. Then, through a process not yet fully understood, the worm causes the grasshopper to jump into water where the host will certainly drown. Leaving the host, the adult worm lives to reproduce in water … sending out more larvae to start the process yet again. Zombie Crabs -- Sacculina is a type of parasitic barnacle that jumps aboard crabs like a hitchhiker. That’s not so bad in and of itself … but these barnacles will also castrate male crabs by causing them to lose their drive to reproduce. No longer needing its own shell, the barnacle settles itself into a joint on the crab’s body and commences to molt. The barnacle has essentially made the crab’s shell its own. The host then expends its energy on behalf of the parasite’s growth ,,, energy the crab would spend on it own reproduction, had not the barnacle effectively castrated it. Once the barnacle releases its eggs, the crab helps them spread by stirring the water with its claw. Adding insult to injury, the mind-controlled crab will even care for the eggs as if they were his own. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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Giant Sloth
 
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These massive mammals are prehistoric and now extinct Giant Sloths, they had long claws and skin almost as tough as armor. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 AMAZING Discoveries About Neanderthals
 
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Did neanderthals and humans interbreed? Genetic evidence suggests that the timelines of humans and neanderthals overlapped in Europe for over 5,000 years … and they did, in fact, interbreed. Looking at a period dating back some 40,000 years, researchers claim that neanderthals were not suddenly replaced by humans, … they actually disappeared at different times. Scientists examined bone, charcoal and shell samples from 40 European sites to prove the two groups overlapped for a key period of time … allowing plenty of opportunity for interaction. While researchers have evidence to to prove interbreeding occurred, they’re unsure about precisely where it happened … and how often. Neanderthals are considered genetically different from humans. Some sources claim they are a human subspecies while others believe neanderthals were a distinct species, separate from humans altogether. Gorham’s Cave -- this natural sea cave in Gibraltar is thought to be one of the last known places inhabited by neanderthals. In 2012, an international research team discovered a series of crisscrossing lines covering an area of about one square meter. The lines were engraved into bedrock more than 39,000 years old … and are the first known examples of neanderthal rock art! The abstract pattern is said to demonstrate neanderthals capacity for abstract art and expression. Experts think the marks were carved for ritual purposes, and as a means to communicate with others. Not all archaeologists are convinced, however … saying that it’s possible those markings may have been made by modern humans instead. What do you say? Following up on that Neanderthal rock art … The world’s oldest works of art were found in a cave on the Costa del Sol of Spain. Six paintings of seals have been estimated to be at least 42,000 years old … and were created by neanderthals! The prehistoric artwork was found in the Nerja Caves in Andalusia … and are the only known artistic images created by neanderthal. You can found out more about this and other works of prehistoric art in our video, “7 Spectacular Cave Paintings”! Some fossils discovered in north-central Germany posed an interesting question: Did Neanderthals wage battles with sabre-toothed cats? Paleontologists working at the site have found that the European sabre-toothed cat and Neanderthals lived close to each other …. But it’s unsure whether they were hunting the big cats, or if the animals preyed on them. A fossilized humerus as well as fossilized teeth of sabre-toothed cats were found in the same area as a number of implements including wooden spears, and a burnt stick that dates back some 300,000 years. The wooden spears, measuring around 2.3 meters long, are considered to be the world’s oldest. Experts say that Neanderthals would have inhabited the area at the time … and it’s possible that the spears found there were used for hunting as well as for self-defense. Experts consider it “highly likely” (their words) the Neanderthals confronted the cats … suggesting some violent clashes. Do you think the showdown ever took place? Disappearing Act -- How did the neanderthals go extinct? While they’re often depicted as brutish, they didn’t disappear because they lacked brains. A common belief is that they couldn’t compete with modern humans for food and resources … and suddenly died out. Neanderthals flourished in Eurasia for around 300,000 years … then vanished about 40,000 years ago as modern humans started to settle in Europe. Neanderthal DNA which was sequenced in 2010 revealed clear evidence of interbreeding … and this has come to be accepted as a major reason for the disappearance of neanderthals. They may have survived in pockets of dwindling numbers within Europe for thousands of years before becoming altogether extinct. Although in a sense, our close relatives are still with us. Today, Neanderthal inheritance is estimated to comprise up to four percent of the DNA of humans outside of Africa. And some experts think certain modern ailments like lupus and type-2 diabetes can be traced back to genetic variants inherited from neanderthals. That would be one way of getting the last laugh. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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13 LARGEST Land Mammals Ever
 
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From a sloth the size of an elephant, to an elephant that weighed over 24 TONS; These are The 13 LARGEST Land Mammals EVER ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Most Bizarre Plant Cryptids
 
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From Cow Eating Trees; to the AMAZING Moss Man; These are 10 MOST Bizarre Plant Cryptids ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Strange Archaeological Mysteries
 
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From a lost civilization in China, to indecipherable glyphs found on Easter Island, these are 10 Strange Archaeological Mysteries! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Big Circles Strange stone circles in Jordan were first noticed from the air in the 1920s. Since then, 8 large circles have been reported in the country’s west-central region … in all there are 12 of the circular structures in Jordan that can only be witnessed with aerial and satellite images. In 2002, another similar structure was discovered in Syria. Collectively known as the Big Circles, they range between 720 feet to nearly 1,500 feet in diameter … and are usually comprised of low walls formed from uncut boulders. Construction likely would have been lengthy, and involved approximately a dozen workers. Researchers still don’t know why the circles were built. And while the structures cannot be precisely dated, experts think they were built between 4,500 to 2,000 BC … that’s based on the age of materials found near the circles. Archaeologists plan to continue excavating the site to learn more about their purpose and construction. A mummified dog dating back 1,000 years was discovered in Mexico … and experts think the long-deceased canine might help solve mysteries about the hunting traditions of ancient tribal groups. It was discovered in Candelaria (kahn-del-arr-ee-uh) Cave in the arid, northern part of the country. Researchers say the animal was likely domesticated by local tribes … and was used for hunting expeditions. It was found among hundreds of human remains … and ancient artifacts like baskets, and bows and arrows. Due to the dry environment, the dog had mummified naturally. While mummified canines have previously been found in Peru and Egypt … this was the first such creature discovered in Mexico! The Cochno (kok-no) Stone The Cochno Stone was discovered in Scotland in 1887 … and is considered one of Europe’s most important works of art. To protect it from vandals, it was buried near Clydebank at the edge of a council housing estate. The slab of rock, is etched with carving from the Stone Age … dating back some 5,000 years. And now, after more than a half century, it’s being re-excavated so archaeologists can study it in-depth. Measuring 42 feet by 26 feet, the stone slab is covered with grooved indentations and spirals referred to as ‘cup and rings’. In the black and white photos you can see where some of the designs have been highlighted using white paint … some of the carvings appear to represent feet with four toes. Experts suggest the petroglyphs might have been used for marking hunting grounds or other territory. They might even represent a unit of measurement. Researchers plan to use 3D scanning technology to uncover the mystery of the stones carvings … and the prehistoric people who made them. Stone Labyrinths (I recut this section at end of segment) Bolshoi Zayatsky (zie-aht-skee) Island is part of the Solovetsky (sah-lah-VET-skee) Archipelago in northern Russia. The island is thought to have been inhabited some as far back as 3000 BC. The prehistoric residents built villages and sacred sites there. They apparently covered the island with boulders as well. More than 850 boulders are found in heaps about the region. Next to nothing is known about these people … nor why they constructed strange stone labyrinths there. Up to 14 of these labyrinths were created … with the largest one measuring over 80 feet in diameter. They’re mostly constructed of boulders set in rows. Most of the rows have a spiral shape … Some even have a double spiral formation that resembles two snakes, with their heads meeting in the middle. Raider of the Lost Rock A local Bosnian myth claims that the country used to have countless spherical stones … but when people went searching for gold inside them, the objects were destroyed. Now, an archaeologist claims he’s found a mysterious sphere in central Bosnia. Dr Semir Osmanagic (os-man-AH-gitch) says the sphere has a high iron content … and was created by an advanced, lost civilization more than 1,500 years ago. If so, that would make the object older than Las Bolas, the stone spheres found in Costa Rica. They were created by the extinct Diquis (DIK-ees) culture. The stone ball found in Bosnia has a radius of around 4 to 5 feet. Although Dr Osmanagic (os-man-AH-gitch) claims it to be the world’s heaviest man-made ball, we couldn’t find an estimate for its weight. While the newly-discovered could turn out to be twice as big as the Costa Rican spheres, the claim has its doubters.
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21 BIGGEST Prehistoric Creatures
 
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From GIANT birds that roamed with humans, to the unforgiving T-Rex, these are the 21 BIGGEST Prehistoric Creatures Titanoboa (tie-tan-ih-boe-ah) -- The biggest snake yet discovered weighed over a ton and could measure over 54 feet long. No wonder its name means “titanic boa”! Want to learn more about the big snake? Check out 18 facts, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjeHGM8exyM Tell ‘em Epic Wildlife sent you! Elasmosaurus -- Plesiosaurs were known for their long necks and streamlined flippers, and lived in the late Cretaceous period. Elasmosaurus was among the biggest of the species, weighing over 2 tons and measuring about 46 feet long. Did you know there are some who believe the Elasmosaurus still lives today … but it’s called the Loch Ness Monster! Archelon (arch-uh-lon) -- Weighing around 2 tons and measuring around 12 feet long, this marine turtle would weigh twice as much as a VW Beetle! This creature from the late Cretaceous would put today’s Galapagos Tortoise to shame … it only weighs some 500 pounds and measures 4 feet head to tail. Archelon was the biggest turtle … think you’d want one for a pet? Elasmotherium (elaz-moe-theer-ee-um) --… Found during the late Pleistocene in Eurasia, this creature was like a rhinoceros on steroids, and was the largest rhino. Covered in shaggy fur, it measured 20 feet long, weighed around 4 tons and sported a massive horn on its snout that measured 3 feet. There’s some speculation as to whether this animal might have been a possible source for the unicorn legend Titanoceratops (tite-un-oh-sair-ah-tops) -- With a name meaning “Titanic Horn Face”, you know this animal means business. The biggest horned and frilled dinosaur could weigh over 7 tons and could measure some 25 feet head to tail. It’s large, elaborately ornate head likely served to attract potential mates. Tyrannosaurus Rex - The T-Rex may have been surpassed by Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus (jiga-nota-sore-us) as the biggest carnivorous dinosaur, but it’s still the biggest Tyrannosaurus. And weighing some 11 tons and standing around 40 tall is nothing to sneeze at. The big dino makes the list for its iconic status if nothing else. Besides, how many dinosaurs have a classic rock band named after them? The Steppe Mammoth -- This is the biggest known elephant … Fossils of this animal have been found that measure up to 15 feet. They’re thought to have weighed up to 11 tons. Today’s African elephants measure up to 13 feet tall. As big as the Steppe Mammoth was, however, it couldn’t save itself from early humans … The animals were hunted to extinction some 300,000 years ago. Spinosaurus -- Weighing in at 23 tons, and reaching lengths of nearly 60 feet, this creature had a skull that measured 6 feet long with a croc-like snout. It was thought to be agile for its size … in fact, evidence indicates it may have been the first dinosaur identified that could swim! It’s thought to be the largest carnivorous dinosaur. Sarcosuchus (sar-koss-uh-chuss) -- The biggest crocodile lived some 112 million years ago, and reach lengths of 40 feet and weighed almost 9 tons. It’s thought this big croc didn’t shy away from feasting on dinosaurs and may have skirmished with Spinosaurus occasionally. Megalodon -- Now here’s a real monster whale … this creature could grow to 59 feet long and likely weighed around 20 tons, with a mouth big enough to swallow a smaller boat. It’s considered one of the most powerful predators in the history of vertebrates, and ranks as the biggest shark yet discovered. It lived between 23 to 2.6 million years ago. Want to learn more? Check out this video! Magnapaulia -- Some hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, could grow to titanosaur-like size. Magnapaulia tipped the scales at some 25 tons and could measure 54 feet long. That makes Magnapaulia the biggest duck-billed dinosaur. Discovered in North America, the creature may have been able to use its hind legs to run Shastasaurus -- These creatures were known as ‘fish lizards’ or Ichthyosaurs (ick-thee-oh-sores) and Shastasaurus was the biggest of the lot, estimated to weigh some 75 tons and measure 69 feet long! Specimens have been discovered in the US, China and Canada. Named after Mount Shasta in California, the huge creature favored small marine creatures and soft-bodied cephalopods (seff-uh-la-pods) Argentinosaurus (argentina-soar-us) -- While there are claims of larger dinosaurs, this creature’s enormous size is backed up by clear evidence. The titanosaur remains were found in Argentina in 1986, and from head to tail is thought to have measured some 120 feet, with a weight of nearly 100 tons! It’s thought to be the biggest herbivorous dinosaur yet discovered. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 World's Most Epic Elusive Creatures
 
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From rarely seen whales and sea serpents, to a cheetah seen once in a century; These are 12 of the World’s Most Epic Elusive Creatures! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife 5.Sunda (SUN-duh) Clouded Leopard A new species of big cat was discovered in Sumatra … but the elusive critter seemed to be camera shy. It took several years and a camera trap in Indonesia’s Berbak National Park before researchers got a good look at the Sunda. And it revealed that the rare animal was well adapted to living in treetops -- a long tail enabled the critter to balance itself on branches. It was seen to even shimmy down tree trunks, not unlike a squirrel! The Sunda leopard is a clouded leopard, which are considered the most elusive of big cats. Clouded leopards get their name from their spots, which have a large, cloud like shape … the animals are found across southeast Asia and into India. How elusive is the critter? Prior to this footage, the Sunda was seen only once before, in Borneo! 4.Right Whales These big marine mammals are considered to be some of the rarest creatures on earth. So when researchers located some 500 of them returning to Cape Cod Bay over the past few years, it was a “mindblowing” experience … to use the technical term. But scientists had good reason to be excited. 500 is about half the known global population of these whales. The North Atlantic Right Whales had once called the area home … but their numbers were decimated by whalers who hunted them for their oil and bones. Through the 1990s, less than 30 of them were spotted annually. But that number has upticked dramatically in recent years. Experts think their sudden reappearance has to do with their feeding habits. It’s theorized that changing ocean currents might be driving more plankton into the area. It’s likely that as the whales have discovered the more plentiful food source, they’ve called to their rest of their mates to dig in. The whales presence tends to peak around mid-April … and that’s about the time that concentrations of plankton are at their apex. 3.Ocelot You can see a version of this critter as a kitten in the picture. They tend to resemble domestic felines, and they’re sometimes kept as pets -- as would appear to be the case here. But ocelots can grow to around 35 pounds, and measure some 3 feet long from head to body. And they’re still considered wildcats that function as nocturnal predators … although they can be active during the day. They can be difficult to locate in the wild, due to their irregular patterns of and activity. They usually rest in tree branches or under fallen trees … and they’re mostly solitary critters. Ocelots have an extensive range, from South America to Trinidad … and are occasionally reported in Texas. Did you know that at one time, their pelts were considered exceptionally valuable … and as a result, hundreds of thousands of the animals were killed for their fur. 2.Saola (sOW-la) This critter is often referred to as the Asian Unicorn. Its remains were first discovered in 1992 in Vietnam … with its only other known location being Laos. And a photo of the animal wasn’t even captured until around 1998! Another picture wouldn’t be taken until 2013, when a camera trap placed in Vietnam’s Annamite Mountains caught the critter on video. The animal can be seen to resemble an antelope -- despite being called a unicorn, it has two sharp horns that grow parallel, to about 20 inches long. Researchers found the picture of the elusive creature to be a cause for celebration … The World Wildlife Fund says it was the first large mammal that was new to science in over 50 years. In that time, the animals have remained elusive and difficult to detect. Experts think that only a few dozen of the Saola at most … still live in the isolated forests along the border of Laos and Vietnam. 1.Spotless Cheetah Well, a number of big cats made it onto our list … and this one made it to number one. After all, how often would you see a cheetah … that had no markings on its coat? Prior to 2012, it had been going on 100 years! That’s when a photographer managed to approach within 50 yards of the seldom-seen spotless adult cheetah. Spotless isn’t quite right, though. The animal did display hundreds of tiny freckles sprayed across its sandy colored coat … but from a distance it appeared to be plain. Experts think the condition can be traced to a recessive gene. And they say the mutation can actually provide a benefit to the animal. The spotless cheetah’s coloring makes it more closely resemble a puma, or a lion … both of which are known to be skilled survivors. Researchers think the last sighting of such a creature had occurred in 1921!
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10 Asian Cryptids Explained
 
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From the world famous Yeti, to the new unknown and mysterious Cryptid found in Siberia, these are 10 Asian Cryptids Explained ! Check out Crypto Queens Channel! http://goo.gl/n0evle Manananggal (man-un-angle) -- This is definitely one of the scarier creatures on our list … From the Philippines, it’s vampire-like blood sucking and man-eating monster or witch. It’s usually depicted as a hideous female with the ability sever its upper torso and sprout huge bat-like wings it uses to fly into the night in search of victims. That must be a neat trick, basically splitting yourself into two. But what about the bottom half of the torso? Well, it’s simply left standing and is vulnerable to having salt, crushed garlic or ash sprinkled onto it. Those substances are fatal to the creature, and prevents the upper torso from reattaching itself … in which case, the monster would die by sunrise. Crypto Queen: Hey guys, Crypto Queen here, we’re doing a little collaboration action with Epic Wildlife, here’s our top three for Asian Cryptids Explained. #3 … Hibagon (hih-ba-gihn)-- They’re often considered to be Japan’s answer to the Yeti or Bigfoot. Said to resemble a gorilla, it’s described as a black creature standing around five feet tall and having white hands and large white feet. More detailed descriptions claim that it has deep glaring eyes, is covered with brown to black bristly hair and emits a rotting stench. Sightings of the Hibagon have been reported since the 1970s, often in the forested, mountainous area of Mount Hiba (hih-buh) in the Hiroshima Prefecture. What could it be? As mentioned, some think it might be a gorilla … other theories suggest the creature could be some sort of wild man, or even a mutant created when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Got any ideas about this cryptid? You know what to do! #2 … Siberian Monster Mummy -- Workers in a Siberian diamond mine discovered a different kind of treasure in the icy ground. The mummified remains of an alien looking creature were were found in the sediment of the diamond mine located in Udachny (u-datch-nee), over 1100 miles northwest of Yakutsk (yak-koots-kh) in Russia. The so-called mummy has baffled the miners, and locals who think it could be a new species of dinosaur. But experts noting the animal’s paws, long spine, and mix of canine and molar teeth think it is more likely a mammal that somehow became preserved in the sands. With temperatures that can plunge to minus-46 degrees fahrenheit, the cold, dry climate likely helped preserve some of the creature’s body. Do you think this weird mummified thing could really be something from another world? Let us know in the comments! #1 … The Yeti (r/w betty) -- This creature can give Bigfoot and Nessie some competition for being the world’s most famous cryptid! Also known as the Abominable Snowman, they’re said to live in the Himalayas of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. They’re said to weigh up to 400 pounds and stand anywhere from 6 to 10 feet tall, depending on the source. While often depicted with white hair, Yeti are usually reported to be covered with long reddish-brown to black hair, except on their face and chest. The creatures were part of the pre-Buddhist beliefs of various Himalayan people. They were sometimes worshipped as “Glacier Beings” or ‘gods of the hunt’, and were depicted as apelike creatures that carried large stone weapons. Countless sightings of the Yeti have been reported since the 19th century, none of which have been confirmed. Yeti footprints, including a famous one discovered in 1954, have either never been validated, or have turned out to be hoaxes. Some theories suggest that animals might be the source of Yeti sightings and footprints. The Tibetan Blue Bear could approximate a Yeti’s description, and they can walk upright or on all fours. In 1960, an expedition searching for evidence of the Yeti returned with so-called Yeti fur samples. Those samples were later identified as portions of a blue bear’s pelt. Still, that’s hardly conclusive. Did you you know that earlier in 2016 Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed he and his entourage saw a Yeti family while visiting a remote mountainous area of Siberia? An adult male, female and child Yeti were observed before they vanished into the trees. The creatures were allegedly covered in thick grey fur and could take far bigger steps than a human. Do you think that’s just propaganda from the Russian president … or could it be proof that the Yeti really is out there? Tell us your theories in the comments! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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21 Striking Facts About Cottonmouth Snakes
 
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From fearsome threat displays ... to smooching snakes on the mouth ... Here are 21 fascinating facts about Cottonmouth Snakes #21 By Any Other Name How do you tell the difference between a Cottonmouth Snake and a Water Moccasin? The difference is all in their names … because both names apply to the same critter. Their scientific name is “Agkistrodon piscivorus” (ah-KIS-truh-dahn Pih-sih-VORE-us), which translates as ‘hooked-tooth fish-eater’. These reptiles actually go by a number of common names … including gaper, trap jaw, Water Copperhead, Swamp Lion, and River Rattler. Know any others? #20 Name of the Game So why is this beast known as a Cottonmouth? It’s actually a reference to the snake’s threat display …in it’s known to stand its ground, throw back its head, and gape at its aggressor … which exposes its fangs and the cotton-like white lining of its mouth. It’s another reason why they’re called Gapers. #19 Wet & Dry In addition to being the only venomous water snake found in North America, these creatures are also the only semi aquatic vipers found in the world As such, they equally at home whether basking in the sunshine or swimming in water … experts say that contrary to popular belief, the snakes can even bite while underwater. #18 Are They Endangered? Cottonmouths are actually classified as of Least Concern on the Red List of Endangered Species published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Even though drainage of their wetland habitats have taken their toll on local Cottonmouth populations, the species is commonly found in many locations. But they are listed as an endangered species in one state -- Indiana. #17 Live by Night They can be active during the night or day. During the day they’ll bask in the sun as a means to regulate their body temperature. But most of their activities, including hunting, take place at night. While Cottonmouths are known to swim with their heads out as they stay close to the top of the water, they’re still capable of attacking while underwater.
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19 Extinct Species Found ALIVE !
 
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From bizarre flightless birds, to some ancient turtles, these are 19 EXTINCT Species Found ALIVE !!! 10. Lord Howe Island Stick Insect -- It’s considered the rarest insect in the world, and they were thought to be extinct since 1920. It was rediscovered in 2001 on a small islet of Ball’s Pyramid. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it’s the tallest and most isolated sea stack in the world. Less than 30 individuals were located living underneath a single shrub there. Did you know this Stick Insect can grow to 15 centimeters long? That’s why they’re sometimes referred to as “tree lobsters”! 9. La Gomera (go-merra) Giant Lizard -- This animal is considered a true lizard … and in these photos from Jaime A. de Urioste (day’oo-ree-os-tay) you can see the white coloration around its throat in contrast to blackish-blue coloration of its body … and you can also get a sense of its size as it lays on the brown dirt, or rests upon a reddish boulder … They can grow to half a meter long. This species is native to La Gomera go-merra), one of the Canary Islands ... and were thought to have gone extinct by 1985. But Spanish biologists found six living individuals in 1999. Today, the creatures are listed as critically endangered. 8. Madagascan Serpent Eagle -- as its name would suggest, this medium-sized raptor is indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It has a wingspan up to 110 centimeters, and measures up to 66 centimeters long. After its last confirmed sighting in 1930, this bird of prey was thought to be extinct … but it was rediscovered in 1993! 7. Bermuda Petrel (peh-trul) -- These creatures were last seen in the 1620s, and were believed to be extinct for more than three centuries. But in 1951, 18 nesting pairs of the birds were discovered on isolated rocky islets in Castle Harbor. The Petrels have a global population of around 250 individuals … meaning they still face extinction today. 6. La Palma Giant Lizard -- This creature was thought to have been extinct for five centuries before being rediscovered in 2007 … and some sources STILL list the animal as extinct! The lone individual located was around 4 years old and measured about a foot long. Expeditions to the Canary Island’s La Palma region are being planned to search for a breeding population. 5. Caspian Horse -- This breed of small horse is native to Northern Iran … and is thought to be one of the oldest horse breeds in the world … with remains found that date back to 3400 BC! Its original height is estimated at 36 to 46 inches (91 to 117 cm). The little equines seemed to vanish from history after 700 AD, and were presumed extinct. But the animals were rediscovered in 1965 in Iran … and seemed to have survived relatively unaltered. 4. Monito del Monte -- Until one of these tiny marsupials was discovered in the southern Andes of Chile, they were thought to have been extinct for 11 million years. It’s likely related to the earliest Australian marsupial which lived some 55 million years ago. 3. Laotian (la ocean) Rock Rat -- This species was first discovered for sale at a meat market in Laos (louse). It was placed in its own family because it was considered so distinct and unusual from other living rodents. But that was just the beginning … after a systematic re-analysis in 2006, the animal was reclassified. It turns out the unique rodent belonged to an ancient family of fossils believed to have gone extinct some 11 million years ago! Researchers have discovered additional specimens, suggesting the rock rat may not be as rare as originally thought. 2. Gracilidris (grah-sill-ih-dris) -- After considered extinct for some 20 million years, it was rediscovered and described in 2006. These ants have been found in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. Very little is known about them, but they do exhibit nocturnal behavior and nest in small colonies in the soil. A single existing fossil in amber from the Dominican Republic qualifies this creature as a Lazarus Taxon (tax-ON), not unlike the Coelacanth (seela-kenth). 1. And speaking of the Coelacanth (seela-kenth) -- This creature was thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, some 65 million years ago. But in 1938, this ancient order of fish was rediscovered off the coast of South Africa. They’re among the oldest living jawed fish believed to exist, and serve as an example of a Lazarus Taxon (tax-ON) … an organism that disappears from the fossil record, only to later come back to life! They’re known to swim over 500 meters deep, grow to over six feet long, and weigh around 200 pounds! Did you know this creature first appeared in the fossil record some 400 million years ago? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 INCREDIBLE New Fossil Finds
 
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From bacterial "living" fossils, to newly discovered coal mine artifacts, these are 10 INCREDIBLE New Fossil Finds ! Scientists got some new insights into the brains of dinosaurs. And it’s thanks to a seemingly-ordinary brown pebble found on a beach in southern England more than a decade ago. Paleontologists have discovered the ‘pebble’ is actually the rare fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur's skull … one that lived during the Cretaceous period, over 130 million years ago. Scientists from Oxford and Cambridge universities think it belonged to a large herbivore related to an Iguanodon (ig-wann-uh-don). They were large herbivores with long tails and hind legs longer than their forelimbs. And their brains had distinct similarities to modern day birds and crocodiles. The find is extremely rare because soft organs like brain tissue normally don’t survive. In this case, it’s believed the animal died in a swamp. It’s head probably landed in water that provided an environment that was both highly acidic and low in oxygen. The creature’s brain was essentially pickled and preserved. Conical (conn-ih-col) structures called stromatolites (stroe-matto-lites) found in Greenland may have been shown to be the oldest fossil of a living organism on earth. The series of miniscule shapes were created by prehistoric bacteria … and have been preserved in sedimentary rock for 3.7 billion years! Stromatolites are layered structures that form in shallow water ... as mud and sand are glued together by microorganisms. They provide evidence that complex life was already thriving at early stages of the planet's history. Geologists found these stromatolites embedded in a metacarbonate (meta-car-bonn-ate) rock outcropping on the southwest coast of Greenland … they measured between 1 to 4 centimeters high. This new discovery predates the previous oldest known evidence of life by over 220 million years. Stromatolites can still be found today in certain shallow coastal and volcanic regions. The oldest fossilized evidence of insects mating was discovered in China. The fossil exhibits the couple in a face-to-face position, and was found in the sediment of a lake in Inner Mongolia. Experts think the insects antics date back around 165 million years ago. It’s thought the two were interrupted when a volcano erupted, releasing toxic gases that killed them. The wind blew them into a lake … and there they laid buried and protected by sediment for millions of years. Scientist claim that only 40 such fossils of insects copulating have ever been found worldwide, making them extremely rare. And this one predates the oldest known fossil by some 65 million years! Welsh Dragon -- Fossils of a new species of dinosaur dating back around 200 million years were unearthed in Wales … and it’s believed to be the world’s earliest specimen of a Jurassic-era dinosaur. This creature doesn’t have wings or breathe fire like the Welsh national symbol … but it is the first dinosaur fossil of a meat-eating theropod found in Wales … and only the second dinosaur ever found in the country overall. Its well-preserved skeleton was found on a beach, spread across five slabs of rock … several loose blocks contained sharp claws and curved, razor-sharp teeth. The so-called dragon was a small, slim and agile creature that measured around 50 centimeters tall and 200 centimeters long … it had a lengthy tail that helped its balance, and walked on two legs. Experts believe the unnamed theropod dinosaur was about the size of a dog and had a fuzzy coating of proto-feathers to keep them warm. Despite its diminutive size, the creature is thought to be a distant relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex! Ever heard of a dinosaur called ‘Doyathinkhesaurus’? It’s a play on words, of course … but scientists have discovered a dinosaur that was actually able to change its skin color -- and that’s no joke! It’s real name is a Psittacosaurus (sit-TAK-ah-sawr-us), meaning ‘parrot lizard’. The creature is named after its parrot-like beak … and was about the size of a labrador retriever. It lived in northeastern China over 130 million years ago, and was a relative of triceratops. Analyzing well-preserved fossils, a research team in the UK found that Psittacosaurus used camouflage called countershading. It’s a pattern that conceals shadows on an animal and can make it appear flat and inconspicuous … leaving their predators baffled. The animal likely developed the ability due to its smaller size making it attractive to predators. Countershading is used by many animals today, including penguins, dolphins and deer. Did you know when scientists reconstructed an image of this dinosaur, they thought it resembled ET … would you agree? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 WEIRDEST Humanoid Cryptids
 
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From Melon Heads and Demons to chimps with porcupine quills; These are 12 WEIRDEST Humanoid Cryptids ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Nightcrawler Tennessee Wildman The Faceless People Beast of Bray Road Moehau (moe-how) Solomon Islands Giants Melon Heads Dover Demon In 1977, sightings of this unusual creature were reported in Dover, Massachusetts … A teenager claimed to see a creature with a humanoid appearance sitting on top of a stone wall. Soon after, more reports came in from other witnesses … Claiming it was around 3.5 feet tall, with a slender build, tendril-like fingers, and a large head with eyes that glowed that glowed either orange or green, depending on the witness account. And while it was evidently bipedal, it would walk on all fours. Because the description is evocative of the gray aliens associated with UFOs, some people think the Dover Demon could have been an extraterrestrial. Others think it could have been a mutated animal, or some species unknown to science. Whatever the critter was, it didn’t hang around long. After a brief spate of sightings, the creature vanished … what do you think it was? Yara Ma Yha Who (yarra-mah-ya-who) This is a small red fella with a disproportionately large head, a huge toothless mouth, and has suckers located on his feet and hands. It’s found in the mythology of Australian Aborigines … and is said to inhabit fig trees. Rather than actively hunt for food, it stays in the tree … and when some unsuspecting victim rests under the tree, the creature descends upon its victim -- draining the blood with those suckers on its feet and hands. After its meal, the creature has a sip of water and has a nap … which initiates a unique method of procreation. Upon awakening, the victim is regurgitated … which now has a reddish tint to their skin. As the regurgitory process is repeated several times, the victim is eventually transformed into a Yara Ma Yha Who (yarra-mah-ya- Dark Watchers of California No one known exactly what these creatures are … or if they really are creatures. They’re described as giant-sized, dark silhouettes that have no facial features … and are said to stalk travelers along California’s Santa Lucia (LOO-shuh) Mountains. They’re most often reported around twilight and dawn … and sometimes appear to wear brimmed hats and carry walking sticks. They simply stand motionless and watch. And accounts of them have been included in the legends of the Chumash (CHOO-mash) Native American people of California’s central coast region … that date back to the Pre Columbian era. Spanish settlers also reported seeing the Dark Watchers when they first entered the area. According to legend, anyone trying to see their face will disappear! Flatwoods Monster This bizarre creature was first reported in 1952 in Flatwoods, West Virginia … most describe it as being 7 feet tall , although we found accounts indicating it was 10 feet tall. This creature’s body seemed to resemble a dark metallic exoskeleton with pleating … leading witnesses to think it was wearing a type of armor. Its head was diamond shaped, and had eyes about the size of half-dollars that glowed green. A group of witnesses claim they saw a bright object cross the sky and land in a nearby field. That’s where the monster made its initial appearance … they saw the creature gliding from a pulsating red light toward them … which caused the group to panic and flee. Local law enforcement later examined the scene and found long tracks in the mud along with the residue of a thick black liquid … it was interpreted as evidence of a UFO landing -- which led many to believe a close encounter had occurred. #1 Spiny Backed Chimpanzees An anonymous source in the US Navy claims that sometimes between 1997 and 2002, their unit was stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo … where they witnessed more than a dozen bipedal chimpanzees that were trying to kill another animal. The chimps were described as colored uniformly gray, and standing up to 5 feet tall. And, incredibly, the animals had quills not unlike porcupines along their backs, that would stand up when they were angry. The anonymous source never disclosed the exact location of this sighting … But they did claim that a short video of the creatures was shot -- however the footage is classified. We found an animal native to Africa called a ‘Potto’ (POT-oh) … it’s a primate known to have a series of sharp protuberances along its neck that can be used as a defense mechanism … but their size wouldn’t match up with these creatures. Could these ‘Porcuprimates’ really exist?
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10 Deep Sea Cryptids
 
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From a tortoise the size of an island, to the massive mysterious ningen ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 SHOCKING Cryptids of the United States
 
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From Native American Monster legends, to the UNDENIABLE SASQUATCH, these are 9 STRANGE Cryptids of the United States ! 5. Batsquatch -- This flying cryptid derives its name from “bat” and “Sasquatch” … indicating it could be some sort of a flying Bigfoot. It was allegedly sighted in the 1980s near Mount St. Helens in Washington State. Batsquatch is said to be 9 feet tall, has yellow eyes, blue tinted fur, a wolf-like muzzle, and bat-like wings said to span up to 50 feet. Sightings of a creature matching that description also occurred in Washington State in 1994 and 2011. In 2009, hikers claimed to see a huge creature with leathery wings spanning around 50 feet … but this one flew out of a mountain crevice at Mt Shasta in California. In 2014, a sighting of the creature was reported in Akron, Ohio when high school students claimed to see a huge black mass flash by their classroom window at high velocity. The creature was said to be around 9 feet long and had wings that spanned up to 30 feet! Some people have found this cryptid to be reminiscent of the Mothman ... 4. And speaking of the Mothman … The first sighting of this strange cryptid was in 1966, in West Virginia … with the largest number of sightings occurring near an abandoned munitions area, north of the town of Point Pleasant. Two young couples were out driving one night. They claimed to encounter a bizarre humanoid creature with large, glowing red eyes centered in its chest … and stood around 7 feet tall with wings folded against its back. When they raced away, the creature spread its wings and flew after them down the highway … at speeds over 100 mph! The creature eventually flew away and disappeared. Over the next 13 months there were more than 100 sightings. Most accounts describe the creature as dark colored, with a wingspan exceeding 15 feet. After the Silver Bridge collapsed in December of 1967, sightings of the Mothman stopped … giving rise to theories that the creature was somehow involved with the disaster. What do you think the Mothman may have been 3. Iliamna (ill-ee-am-na) Lake Monster -- You have to head north to Alaska to search for this one. Stories about this creature have been floating about since the indigenous Aleut (al-ee-oot) people settled on the shores of Iliamna (ill-ee-am-na) Lake. Referring to the creature as Gonakadet (gone-ah-ka-det) -- don’t know if I got that name right -- it was depicted as a fish god. The monster is said to be up to 30 feet long and has a square head it uses to ram into things like small boats. Earliest accounts of the creature described it as having the body of an Orca … and a wolf-like head and tail. 2. Myakka (my-yah-kah) Skunk Ape -- Florida police received reports of the creature in the 1970s … witnesses described it as apelike, covered in light brown hair and standing around 7 feet tall. That sounds like a description of Bigfoot … but this creature was said to emit a foul odor, not unlike a mix of rotten eggs and manure. That stench earned the animal its name, “Skunk Ape”. But after the initial flurry of sightings, the skunk ape seemed to disappear. Some urban legends claim it was captured by the US Army … or it relocated to Big Cypress National Reserve in Florida. In the year 2000, two photos were said to have been sent anonymously to the Sheriff’s Department in Sarasota County, Florida. 1. Sasquatch -- The word ‘Sasquatch’ actually comes from a word in the language of the Native British Columbia coastal Salish (sal-ish) peoples meaning ‘wild man’. Stories of ape-like creatures roaming the forests of North America have long been told by indigenous tribes, who referred to a race of hairy giants that would steal salmon and people during the night. The pictograph of a Sasquatch dating up to 1,000 years old is thought to be shown at the Painted Rock shelter near Taft California. You can see it in this photo by Kathy Moskowitz Strain … Looking closely at the rock, you can make out the image of a creature standing up, with its arms extended. The arm on the right has white outlines … the arm on the left is a rusty red color. Next to the creature, you can make out two similar forms, thought to represent a mother and child. Local Native American tribes referred to the creature as “Hairy Man”, and the painting stands around 8.5 feet tall. Did you know about a third of all Bigfoot sightings take place in the Pacific Northwest? Most turn out to be hoaxes or misidentified animals … but are there any that you believe? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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15 Weirdest Creature Oddities
 
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From odd animal hybrids; two headed creatures; and mysterious critters; These are 15 WEIRDEST Creature Oddities ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife 4 Legged Duck Transparent Goldfish Octogoat Jabba the Hutt Frog Cyclops Kitten Agent Orange Chimeras (kie-mee-ras) Pink Elephants Glass Frog We told you earlier about the transparent goldfish and how they were created by humans. Here’s an amphibian with a comparable physical characteristic … but no human intervention was required. Glass Frogs are found in the rainforests of Central and South America … and from the top down they appear like any other frog. But their bellies lack pigmentation. And because of that, you can clearly see the critter’s internal organs. Their lime green coloration helps them stay camouflaged during the day … but the purpose of that all-revealing belly still mystifies experts. But is some agreement that the frog resembles Kermit. Frankenlouie The term ‘Janus (JAY-nus) cat’ is a reference to the Roman god Janus, with two faces. Like that figure, these felines are born with two faces … and are the result of congenital defects. Frank and Louie had two faces, two mouths, two noses -- and three blue eyes. The outer eyes functioned, but the center eye was blind. A veterinarian nurse took him home to care for when he was scheduled to be euthanized. She figured it wouldn’t be for long since most such creatures don’t live more than a few days. That was in 1999 … in 2012, Frank&Louie was awarded the title of ‘longest surviving Janus cat’ by guinness! He could function as normally as any other cat, until he passed away in 2015 at the age of 15. Wendy the Whippet (WIP-it) Almost everyone think this dog has been Photoshopped. But Wendy is actually a whippet -- even if she looks more like a canine version of the Hulk. Due to a genetic defect, she weighs around 60 pounds, and it look like all muscle. But that’s about twice the normal weight for this breed … and her head, lungs, heart and legs are normal-sized. But despite her size, Wendy’s owner says she was friendly and relaxed. Blobfish If you keep up with Deep Sea Sunday, you know the ocean has its share of bizarre critters … but this one is truly considered an oddity. The aptly named Blobfish is often described as slimy mucoid sphere with oddly humanoid facial features. They found off the coast of Australia at depths up to nearly 4,000 feet, and is often pulled in by trawling nets. But it’s considered entirely unfit for consumption … not that you’d really want to eat it. While it’s not pretty, the gelatinous flesh is an adaptation that allows the critter to exist in the greater ocean pressure found in deeper waters. It also aids in keeping the animal buoyant. Did you know that in 2013, an online poll named the Blobfish as the World’s Ugliest Animal? White Giraffe You certainly recognize giraffes not only by their elongated necks … but also by the distinctive colors and patterns of their coats. But did you know a white Rothschild giraffe was spotted wandering about the bush in Kenya. Even though the creature definitely stood out, the rest of the herd seemed not to notice. While the critter appears to be albino, it actually has a condition called ‘leucism’ (luke-ism). 2-headed Crocodile Two-headed reptiles are known to occur … usually snakes or turtles … but we found a story out of Thailand about a two-headed crocodile! The mutant critter was hatched at a crocodile farm in Samut Prakan … and the staff said it was actually a conjoined twin, with a separate head and body. Because it appeared in good health, veterinarians decided to wait a bit before attempting an operation to separate them. Video of the critter was uploaded to YouTube, and it appears to be real. But we couldn’t find much information about this particular story … do you think it’s true? The Mutant Piglets We found a couple of stories out of China that involved pig being born with severe deformities, so take that under advisement. One critter was named the mutant monkey pig -- and many people think it’s been photoshopped. But this piglet is real … it was born in a litter of 15, and was the only mutant of the lot. Its severe deformity gave it the facial appearance of a monkey … and has resulted in the piglet needing to be bottle fed, due to its misshapen mouth. (pics #1-4) In Nanning, an animal was born with such a disfigurement, it was almost impossible to believe it was actually a pig. This one was said to have been born in a litter of 19. (pics #5-6) The appearance of such deformed pigs have been reported around the world … what could be causing it?
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12 Most OVERFISHED Species
 
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Did you know you know that Tuna fish might dissapear? From the Goliath grouper, to the Atlantic Halibut, these are 12 Most OVERFISHED species on Earth. Sharks -- The big fish are harvested for their meat, fins, and for liver oil. But its most sought after and valuable part is usually the fin, which is the prime ingredient used in shark fin soup. Sharks are highly migratory creatures and can be found from the poles to the tropics and in waters in between. But aside from Antarctica, there are no international limits imposed on harvesting the creatures. It’s estimated that commercial fisheries kill more than 100-million sharks each year. No surprise then, that shark populations have made a steep decline, with only 10% of their original populations said to remain. Among the most critically endangered sharks are the Angel Shark, found off tropical waters of South America, the Zebra Shark of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and, yes, even the Great White Shark … it’s considered vulnerable due to overfishing and hunting. European Eel -- This animal is mostly found in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and the North Atlantic. Their unique life cycle is a factor for being critically endangered. Eels are born at sea, then live in freshwater streams located thousands of miles inland, until reaching sexual maturity at anywhere from 6 to 30 years of age .. at which time they return to the sea to reproduce. Here’s the dilemma: If their sea route is blocked, they return to freshwater and can live for 50 years. If they manage to return to saltwater and spawn … they’ll die. Because of that, most eels caught at sea are juveniles that haven’t had a chance to reproduce … resulting in catastrophic overfishing. Chilean Sea Bass - It’s also called the Patagonian toothfish, this is one of the most sought-after fish in the world … even though it’s not really a bass and it’s not always found in Chilean waters .. it’s often caught in ocean waters around antarctica. Demand for this fish exploded during the 1990s, and has maintained its popularity as a star seafood attraction after being endorsed by celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay. But all that fame comes with a hefty cost: the fish could possibly go extinct within five years unless people lose their appetite for the Sea bass. Like many species on this list, the Sea Bass suffers from slow growth, not reaching maturity until at least 10 years of age. With fewer offspring, the species is extremely vulnerable to overfishing. Still have a taste for Sea Bass? Maltese Ray -- Also called a Maltese Ray, it once populated the Mediterranean Sea. Today, it’s limited to the Strait of Sicily, a channel running 90 miles between Tunisia and Italy. Not a lot is known about this species … but it’s known to mature late and produces few offspring. The Maltese Ray suffers from being taken as bycatch by commercial fishing vessels harvesting other species. The unwanted Rays are tossed back to the water, often dying or dead. It’s rated critically endangered by by the IUCN, due to the animal’s decreasing numbers, and slow government response to save it. Goliath Grouper -- They’re rated as critically endangered and the US has banned the harvest of this species since 1990. As their name implies, they’re large fish, sometimes growing up to 8 feet long and weighing nearly 800 pounds. Reasons for its population decline include producing relatively few offspring because the fish only reproduces for a short time period … And juveniles accidentally become the bycatch of other fishing operations … ‘Bycatch’ occurs when fish or other marine creatures are caught during the commercial fishing of a different species. Remaining fish are often targeted during spawning time hook-and-line fishing boats. The Grouper lives in areas of the eastern Pacific Ocean, and the Atlantic. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna -- Commercial demand for the Bluefin Tuna has led to severe overfishing … medium and large-sized individuals are heavily targeted by the raw fish market of Japan in particular, where they’re used in sushi and sashimi (suh-shee-mee). The largest species of tuna, the Atlantic Bluefin can weigh up to 1500 pounds and reach lengths up to 15 feet. They’re native to the eastern and western Atlantic Ocean in addition to the Mediterranean Sea. They were once found in the Black Sea as well, but they’ve gone extinct there. Since the 1970s, the Atlantic population has decreased by almost 90%, and populations in the North Atlantic are close to commercial extinction. Did you know that in 2013 a single BlueFin Tuna sold for a record 1.7 million! Don’t know if it was an Atlantic Blue Fin … but that’s some expensive fish food! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Most MYSTERIOUS Archaeological Discoveries
 
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From the newly discovered stone "wheels" in Saudi Arabia, to the oldest and most mysterious human temple in Turkey, these are 10 Most MYSTERIOUS Archaeological Discoveries ! 5. Chactun -- Ancient City -- In 2013, an enormous Maya city was found in Mexico’s Yucatan jungle. Archaeologists discovered the city ruins cover 54 acres, and includes the remains of pyramids, plazas, and ball courts. Three massive complexes with the remains of pyramids were found -- one of which stood 75 feet high. Named “Chactun” (shack-tun), this is one of the largest Maya sites ever discovered. Estimates indicate the Maya inhabited the city between the years 600 to 900 AD. The height of the Maya civilization ended some 1200 years ago thanks to the ravages of war and climate change. Loggers actually discovered these ruins decades ago, but didn’t consider them important enough to report. 4. The Terracotta Army -- Archaeologists in China made a discovery in 1974 that turned out to an incredible display of funeral art … some think it’s the greatest such display of all time. The excavation uncovered more than 8,000 clay soldiers buried close to the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (kin shy hwang). The terracotta army was buried as a means of protection for the emperor against any dangers he might encounter in the afterlife. Archaeologists also discovered various weapons along with the soldiers, who were precisely lined up within various clay corridors. Three of the four main pits at the site contain the miniature soldiers and weapons, while the fourth one remains empty. The emperor’s tomb and many areas of the complex remain unexcavated … The ancient complex is thought to be around 2,200 years old. 3. Lost Civilization -- In 2015, archaeologists discovered the stone foundations of two cities deep in the Honduran jungles. Experts date the area between 1000 and 1400 AD, and believe no humans have inhabited the area for at least 600 years. Remains of a pyramid, and plazas have been uncovered, along with the effigy of a half-human, half-jaguar spirit. It’s possible that the location is the legendary La Ciudad Blanca or White City, that the Spanish conquistadores were searching for … and was thought to be the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. There’s also speculation this could be the Lost City of the Monkey God. Researchers were aided by using Light Detection and Ranging -- or LiDar technology that allowed them to identify ancient settlements and ruins through the forest. 2. Por Bajin (poor bah-gin) -- In 1891, archaeologists found a mysterious island high in the mountains of a remote Siberian lake. Located near the Mongolian border, Por Bajin appears like a fortress or a kind of prison. The labyrinthine structure sprawls more than 8 acres … and is thought to date back some 1,300 years. Despite that, many walls are still intact and we--preserved. Yet it’s still unknown why the rectangular fort was built … or what it was used for. Some theories suggest it may have built to attract people, not imprison them. Or it could have been used as a monastery, a summer palace, or even an astronomical observatory. Experts were surprised to find hints of Chinese influences, such as a Chinese roof tile that was uncovered … interesting, because some observers have pointed out that Por Bajin has the same approximate shape as China’s Forbidden City! Could there be a connection? Let us know what you think.. 1. A big discovery in Turkey might end up rewriting history. Archaeologists excavated a carving in the ancient Turkish city of Gobekli Tepe (go-beck-LEE tepay). The pictograms were found on a limestone pillar, and displayed a scene showing a human head on a vulture’s wing, with a decapitated human body below it. Experts think the pictograms could be around 12,000 years old … if so, that would make it the oldest written language discovered to date! The pictogram is thought to display the practice of sky burials, which were used during the Neolithic period when there were no graves. Sky burial is a ritual where corpses are left left on the mountainside for scavengers to eat. That practice still exists in areas of Tibet. Archaeologists have discovered around 200 T-shaped pillars in 20 circles, some as tall as 20 feet. Only a few ancient written languages have survived. While some cave paintings date back 30,000 years, they are considered more artistic than a writing system. Pictograms, however, are regarded as a basic form of written language, using pictures to convey meaning. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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13 Weirdest Looking Amphibians
 
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From the World's SMALLEST Frog, to the snake like caecilian, these 13 WEIRDEST Looking Amphibians ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 BIZARRE Cryptids of Australia & New Zealand
 
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From ancient birds and dragons to the legendary Yowie Here are 12 Bizarre Cryptids from Australia and New Zealand ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Bunyip (BUN-yip) This creature is one of the better-known cryptids in Oz, and is usually associated with habitats like swamps, creeks, or billabongs. It can be tough to get a precise description of the Bunyip because or so many regional variations of the beast found throughout Aboriginal Australia. Most accounts agree that the creature has tusks, flippers, and a horse-like tail. When approached, it makes a bellowing noise … and will emerge at night to devour women, children, and animals. This cryptid has been sighted since the 19th century … and seemed to pop up a lot during the Depression of the 1930s. Real-world explanations for the Bunyip have included it being the Australasian Bittern (bit-urn), a big, secretive bird that is noted for its singular booming call … it is often referred to as the ‘Bunyip Bird’. Another clue to identifying the critter might be found in the fossils of Diprotodon (dip-ra-ta-don). Members of some Aboriginal tribes have identified bones of that huge, extinct marsupial as those of the Bunyip. Tasmanian Tiger (Thy-la-SEEN) This was the largest known carnivorous marsupial that existed in modern times. Indigenous to Tasmania, continental Australia and New Guinea, it was identified as Thylacine. But due to its striped back, it was nicknamed the Tasmanian Tiger. The last known specimen died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936 .. . it was declared extinct by international standards in 1986. That notwithstanding, many claimed sightings of the creature have persisted to this day. Burrunjor (burr-un-JOR) Here’s a creature that is speculated to be a dinosaur that escaped extinction … and resembles a theropod (THEE-ro-pod) not unlike T-rex … but it could be a dinosaur completely unknown from the fossil record. According to various sightings, the Burrunjor is bipedal, goes about 25 feet long, and has small, clawed, hands. Cattle ranchers in Oz reported a huge creature that left bipedal tracks and ate their livestock throughout the 1950s. Aboriginal accounts describe it as a giant reptilian creature that had feathers depending on the account … and was known to devour larger animals like kangaroos. According to our sources, the last reported sighting of the beast occurred in 1985, when witnesses at the Roper River claimed to see a monster that measured about 20 feet long and was covered in feathers. Because there are no reports of the monster subsequent to that, many cryptozoologists think the Burrunjor may have gone extinct … if it ever existed at all! What do you think? And before heading to our number one cryptid, let’s take time out for an honorable mention. Now, the Platypus does indeed exist, it is not a cryptid … but it was once considered to be! So that’s why we have to recognize this marvelous mashed-up mammal, which can only be found in Australia … and has become one if its iconic symbols. Known for its duck’s bill, beaver’s tail and otter-like feet, the animal looks like it was dreamed up in a Photoshop session. And when an unliving specimen was presented to British scientists in 1798, they thought it was a hoax. These days, the critter is recognized as one of the few mammals that lay eggs … and there are only five such monotremes that exist. Did you know it’s also one of the world’s few venomous mammals as well? Yowie (YOW-ee) This famous cryptid from Down Under is sometimes referred to as the Bigfoot or Yeti of Australia. The Yowie is described as standing some 12 feet tall, with a body covered with shaggy dark fur. They’re most often reported as being bipedal … but some accounts suggest that they can run on all fours as well. They seem to be most often sighted around New South Wales, Queensland’s Gold Coast, and in areas of bush country in the Moehau Range. Eyewitness accounts of the big critters were first reported in the 19th century, when they were described as ‘indigenous apes’. Sightings have continued into the 21st century. One popular theory suggests that the Yowie might represent species of ape that was thought to be extinct … or some as-yet unidentified human species. If you can capture and present a Yowie, you could be in for a reward of $200,000 Australian Dollars (app. $154,000 US Dollars). That reward was posted in the 1970s, and has gone unclaimed … so far.
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12 Strange and Unusual Locations
 
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From the Ancient landmark Uluru, to the Stonehenge discovered in the Amazon; These are 12 STRANGE and Unusual Locations ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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18 Animals Lost to Extinction
 
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The West Black African Rhino was hunted to extinction in 2011, and the last passenger pigeon died in 1914, check out these 18 Animals lost to Extinction. West Black African Rhino -- Weighing up to 2900 pounds (1300 kg), poachers hunted the animal for its horns which some cultures believe contain medicinal properties … although that has never been scientifically proven. The last West African Black Rhino was seen in 2006 in Cameroon. In 2011, it was declared officially extinct. Javan Tiger -- Native to the Indonesian island of Java, these cats resembled the Sumatran Tigers. They were once so numerous that locals considered them pests. That was in the 1800s. By the 1950s, only 20 of these animals survived. Encroachment on its habitat and agricultural development diminished the Javan Tiger’s numbers. Round Island Burrowing Boa -- It was once found burrowing on Round Island, off the coast of Mauritius (mar-rish-us) … you may recall that the Dodo also hailed from there, too. This snake was also found on other islands in the region. As its population dwindled, it could only be found on Round Island after 1949. Non-native species of goats and rabbits destroyed vegetation after being introduced to the island, eradicating the boa’s habitat. The snake was last seen in 1975. Po-ouli (pow-ooley) -- Also known as a Black-Faced Honeycreeper, this animal native to Maui was discovered in the 1970s. But by 1997 only 3 known survivors remained. Efforts were made to mate the remaining birds, but those efforts failed. By 2004 the specially was formally declared extinct. What happened? Disease, predators and loss of habitat are blamed as reasons for the bird’s extinction. Quagga (kwa-gaa) -- This animal was native to South Africa. As you might have guessed, they were actually a subspecies of the common plains zebra. Hunters coveted the animal for its brownish, partly striped hide which inspired some to call it a ‘horse tiger’. Hunting, along with competition from livestock for grazing land, led to the Quagga’s demise. The last of its kind died in the Amsterdam Zoo in 1883. Tecopa (tek-cope-ah) Pupfish -- A fish living in the desert? The Tecopa Pupfish called the Mojave Desert its home, and was known to survive in water temperatures up to 108 (42c) degrees fahrenheit. But the animal’s habitat was spoiled after development in the mid-20th century and the Pupfish was extinct by 1970. http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct/speciesinfo/tecopapupfish.htm Madeiran (mad-aaron) Large White Butterfly -- This beautiful butterfly was native to the Laurisilva (lora silva) forest valleys on Portugal's Madeira (mad-day-ra) Islands. Pollution from agricultural fertilizers and construction leading to loss of habitat are major reasons for the species’ eradication. The Large White Butterfly, a close relative is still commonly found across Africa, Asia and Europe. Bubal (bew-bal) Hartebeest -- Also known as the Bubal Antelope, Ancient Egyptians once used this animal for sacrificial purposes. It called North Africa home and was a common sight there. But European hunters steadily wiped out these beasts for sport and food. The last Bubal Hartebeest was a female and died in 1923 at the Paris Zoo. You can see her picture here. Caribbean Monk Seal -- These seals had been aggressively hunted for their meat, fur and oil. It started with European explorers in the late 15th century, and the tradition was later continued by whalers and fishermen. The seals’ traditional habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea were ravaged by coastal development and fishing operations, which also hastened their demise. The Caribbean Monk Seal was last seen in the early 1950s and declared extinct in 2008. Pyrenean (peer-un-eon) Ibex -- The Ibex (or ee-bex) was once found throughout the Spanish, French and Andorran (and-door-un) Pyrenees (peer-un-nees). The population was decimated by hunting and the species went extinct in 2000. But in 2009, scientists used DNA from preserved skin samples and actually cloned a female Pyrenean Ibex! Unfortunately, the clone died from lung defects shortly after birth. What are some extinct animal species you’d like to see brought back to life? Leave a comment below! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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15 Awesome Jobs for Animal Lovers
 
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Love for creatures can be a rich and incredible profession; These are 15 AWESOME Jobs for Animal Lovers ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Zoologist If you enjoy studying animals, then a career in zoology might right be for you. Zoologists can spend a lot of time with animals, and can work at zoos, with personnel there to direct how the creatures are cared for. Some zoologists will focus on one species of animal, while other might choose to specialize in mammals, reptiles, or other species. Entry level positions require a Bachelor’s degree … and if you want to become a researcher or professor, you’ll need a master’s degree. Animal Control Officer This type of job involves dealing with all types of animals … from pets to wildlife, and a job perk is giving them personal attention. Reports of mistreated animals are investigated, and dealt with according to the situation and animal involved. Officers will often help control abandoned or unattended animals, or help to remove dangerous animals. A necessary job requirement is the ability and willingness to use nooses, nets and/or tranquilizer darts should the situation call for it. Some of the jobs within this field can include dog wardens and dog catchers, canine service trainers and humane officers. And depending on where the job is located, your workplace can vary from a service truck to an office, to the wide open spaces of a national park! Wildlife Biologist Do the names Jeff Corwin or Steve Irwin ring any bells? They were wildlife biologists who went on to fame and fortune thanks to popular TV shows and books published. While there’s no guarantee of that, this is a profession that allows you to combine a love of animals with science. Wildlife biologists are involved with studying the environments of animals, along with their demographics and populations among other things. To move beyond entry-level positions, you’d need a master’s degree or PhD in wildlife biology. Animal Trainer Do you have a lot of patience with critters? If so, this might be the gig for you. It’s basically teaching animals to follow instructions. Whether you’re training dogs, horses, service animals or performing animals, you would need a basic understanding of how animals function. This usually involves an apprentice type education … and it has the potential to bring in a nice paycheck. As an example, a reputable show horse trainer can charge up to $1,000 (or higher) each month per horse … and that could involve several of the animals training at once. Our sources indicate that jobs in this line of work could increase by some 20-percent in the next year or so. And before getting to our number one job for animal lovers, it’s time for an honorable mention. In addition to many of the jobs we found while researching the episode, one really raised our hackles -- in a good way. Would you believe the guy in the picture is not necessarily a veterinarian … but is in fact a well-compensated professional cat cuddler? There’s an animal clinic that is seeking candidates that have a certain “Catitude” … that is, an ability to speak softly to the felines and calm their nerves … kind of like being a cat-whisperer. And this fella certainly seems to have the knack … that critter looks like it is all kinds of mellowed out. If you want to get paid for cuddling kittens all day long, you’ll need gentle hands for the petting and stroking of the cats. Now, there are a couple of drawbacks. One, we couldn’t find out how much the job pays. And two … the clinic is located in Dublin, Ireland. So if you don’t already live in the UK, you could be in for quite a commute. Veterinarian Chances are, the first animal-related job a lot of people think is is being a veterinarian. Along with a love of animals, a candidate better love math and science. In the US, you’ll need a four-year degree (and good marks) to gain entry to one of the country’s 27 veterinary schools. By some accounts it’s more difficult to get accepted into one of these schools than it is medical school! That involves another four years to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, or DVM. Graduates usually have to intern for a year before starting their own independent practice. Specialities can include animal surgery, animal pathology and exotic animal medicine. Salaries can range up to $150,000 per year depending on the vet’s speciality.
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10 MYSTERIOUS Prehistoric Discoveries
 
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From 15 ton stone spheres in Costa Rica, to the oldest religious structure in the world, these are 10 MYSTERIOUS Prehistoric Discoveries ! 5. Skara Brae (Skarra Bray)-- This neolithic town located in Scotland was inhabited over 5,000 years ago on the largest island of the Orkney archipelago. It was a cluster of eight houses, and was discovered in 1850, when a damaging storm hit Scotland and uncovered a knoll, which revealed the outline of the village. It’s thought that around around 2500 BC, the inhabitants abandoned the town … and appear to have been in a hurry. Evidence of prized possessions such as jewelry seem to have been left behind at the location. While some theories speculate that the inhabitants were suddenly forced out due to a catastrophic storm, some experts say that there’s no evidence of such a scenario … and the reasons for the town’s being vacated may never be known. Due to its sudden abandonment and its excellent preserved condition, Skara Brae is often called the “Scottish Pompeii”. 4. It’s worth noting that another discovery in Scotland was made just a few miles away from Skara Brae, on Orkney. Earlier in 2016, a strange structure was found under a Neolithic trash dump, also known as a midden. The structures turned out to be Stone Age slabs … thought to date back around 5,400 years! Some of the slabs measure over 4 meters long, and were unearthed during an excavation at the Ness of Brodgar, in Orkney. The massive stones, also called ‘orthostats’ may have formed part of the walls of a building that measured 10 meters (33 feet) wide and could be more than 5,000 years old. 3. Ggantija (gan-tih-jah) -- This complex of two megalithic temples is found on Gozo, a Maltese island. The two temples are dated at more than 5500 years old … after Gobekli Tepe (GO-beck-lee Tepay), it’s the second oldest manmade religious structure in the world. And it was made a time in which the wheel and metal tools would not have been available to island natives. Small spherical stones found there are thought to have been used as ball bearings … and that might have been a way the enormous stone building blocks were transported to the site. Because statuettes and figurines associated with fertility rites have been discovered there, experts think the temples may have been the location of a fertility cult … but the exact function is still unknown. Did you know these temples are older than the pyramids of Egypt? 2. Gobekli Tepe (GO-beck-lee Tepay) -- Overall, this is considered the oldest religious structure yet discovered -- anywhere. Located on a mountain ridge in Turkey, radiocarbon testing indicates the structures date to around the 10th to 8th millennium BCE … predating pottery, metallurgy and the invention of the wheel. More than 200 huge, T-shaped stone pillars were found arranged in approximately 20 circles there. Each pillar weighs up to 20 tons and measures up to 6 meters (20 ft) high. They are fitted into sockets carved out of the bedrock. Some of the structures bear pictograms, and reliefs of animals including lions, bulls and snakes. Archaeologists estimate that 500 workers would have been required to move those pillars from local quarries to the site itself … a distance up to 500 meters (1,640 feet). So how did they manage to cut stone into such precise shapes and then transport them? That, along with the exact purpose of this site, remains a mystery. Did you know that in 2015, some pictograms found there are thought to be around 12,000 years old -- and could be the oldest evidence of written language ever discovered! 1. Stonehenge -- Of course we must include this legendary stone circle on our list. It was thought to have been constructed in phases, from 1500 to 3000 BC.It’s still unclear, exactly what purpose this location served, but there are plenty of theories ... including that it served as a burial ground, at least in the beginning. Some 50,000 cremated bones of 63 individuals, including adults and children have been excavated from one of 56 holes arranged in a circle there. Those unearthed remains may tie into a theory that the monuments might have served as a place of healing. That aligns with a belief that the stones contain curative properties, and might help account for the high number of burials there. Stonehenge is well-known for having a connection to druids, and thousands of people flock there annually to observe the winter solstice … although many experts say the astronomical associations are still open to debate. As is the method by which those stones were transported to the site by prehistoric people without the wheel. Stonehenge still has many mysteries … think they’ll ever be solved? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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CREEPIEST Ocean Cryptids
 
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From whale-sized turtles … to enormous aquatic centipedes … here are 11 of the creepiest ocean cryptids Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife #6 The Zaratan (ZAIR-uh-ton) We just mentioned how Christopher Columbus is said to have observed a turtle as huge as a whale. But the Zaratan is a tortoise so huge that its shell can be mistaken for a small island! With a diameter measuring hundreds of feet, the carapace looks like a rocky, sloped terrain. Sailors have even dropped anchor on the supposed land mass, only to meet a grim fate. Their ships were dragged underwater at night, when the beast sinks below the surface. It’s said that the Zaratan can emit a sweet aroma from its mouth that serves as a lure to attract prey. When sufficient prey has been drawn inside, the animal snaps its jaws shut like an alligator. Some cryptozoologists have speculated that this cryptd could be related to Archelon (arch-el-on), the largest sea turtle that ever existed. Could Archelon, the Zaratan, and the giant turtle spotted by Christopher Columbus all be somehow related? Tell us what you think in the comments! #5 Leviathan The name ‘Leviathan’ has become synonymous with gargantuan sea creatures or monsters … although in Modern Hebrew, it means ‘whale’. It was first referenced in the Old Testament, where and is often described as a type of sea serpent. Other sources describe the cryptid as a dragon that lives above the Sources of the Deep. Some of the characteristics attributed to this monstrosity include its length, claimed to be some 300 miles (483 km)! When it’s hungry, Leviathan can generate heat from its mouth so intense it makes the oceans boil. The huge creature also had eyes that could cast forth a blinding light, and was said to possess powerful fins. Bear in mind, these characteristics are gathered from various sources,so not all of them coincide with one another. #4 Shore Laddie Also known as the Beach Walker, this creature has been reported since the 1700s. It is said to be the most commonly sighted sea monster in Iceland, even though it typically dwells on shore. It’s about the size of a ram, and it makes a distinct clicking sound as it walks. That’s due to the barnacles and mussels attached to its dark fur. Depending on the source they can have feet that are either hooved or webbed, and have fangs that give them a facial resemblance to seals. The good news for humans is that Shore Laddies are vegetarians. But they do exhibit some oddball behavior. They have a tendency to breed with sheep, which produces deformed lambs. Eyewitness accounts of Shore Dwellers continue to this day along the Western Fjords of Iceland. #3 Ningen “Ningen” means ‘human’ in Japanese. And crew members aboard Japanese whale research vessels have reported seeing humanoid life forms in the waters of the Antarctic. These creatures are huge, with estimated lengths of 30 meters (98 feet) or more. They are usually described as being stark white, with two arms, two legs, and two hands with five fingers each. Other sources say the creatures have fins instead of legs, or even tentacles. An exact explanation for the Ningen still hasn’t been provided. But there’s a wide range of speculation. That includes the creatures being albinos whales or some sort of type of alien life form. If you have a theory, tell us in the comments. #2 Con Rit The term ‘Con Rit’ has been linked to sea serpents. But this critter from Vietnam is unique in that it’s usually described as a huge aquatic centipede that inhabits the South China Sea. Its body is composed of a series of bony plates, along with fish-like fins it uses to swim. A beached carcass found in 1833 was said to measure more than 60 feet long (18 m) and around 3 feet wide (1 m). 50 years later, a creature with a similar description washed ashore in Vietnam. This specimen was decapitated, but had segmented joints that were tough and durable, like sheet metal. In the late 19th century, a ship sailing near Cape Falcon, Algeria encountered a creature that matched the Con-Rit’s appearance. This creature had countless fins it used to propel itself through the water, and was fast enough to keep pace with the vessel. Most accounted estimated this beast to measure more than 130 feet long (40 m)! Its last documented appearance occurred in the 1960s in Hong Kong. 1...
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14 Rarest Sharks in the World
 
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From sharks that glow in the dark, to sharks with two heads, These are 14 of the rarest sharks in the World ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Pyjama Shark Energizer Bunny Shark Cookie Cutter Shark Thresher Shark Zebra Shark Megamouth Shark Hybrid Sharks Greenland Shark Frilled Shark This critter is found across the globe .. but since it usually lived at depths around 4,200 feet, they’re not often seen … which is one reason why it spotted in the wild until 2004. The eel-like animals date back around some 80 million years … and have changed so little over time that they’re often referred to as living fossils. They can grow over 6.5 feet long and can strike at prey with a snakelike motion. And when they strikes, they do so with a mouth filled with 300 sharp teeth shaped like tridents that face backward. Did you know the critter is named for its six pairs of gill slits, which have a frilled appearance? Pocket Shark Sharks usually bright up images of ferocious, man eating monsters … but a shark caught off the Gulf of Mexico was more adorable than aggressive. The extremely rare species only measures about 5.5 inches long and weighs about half an ounce! The male specimen was just the second of its kind ever caught … the first such creature was found in 1936 in the Pacific Ocean. This one was actually caught in 2010 … then spent years on ice -- literally -- until researchers could formally identify it. The Pocket shark isn’t named for its small size … the creature has two pockets located near it front fins … but researchers still don’t know what purpose they might serve. Glowing Sharks Did you know that sharks could glow? Researchers have found that catsharks and swell sharks have biofluorescent abilities … that is, they can absorb light and then re-emit it at a different color or wavelength. In the case of these sharks, they begin to glow bright green as they descend deeper into the waters! Amazing patterns on the animal's skin became more pronounced the deeper they dived. Experts think the ability enables the sharks to communicate with each other at greater depths. Goblin Shark This critter has always seemed to be a favorite on Deep Sea Sunday. The goblin shark is identified by its long, flat snout and pink skin … But it might be best known for its powerful jaws, which can literally pop out of its mouth and catch prey with its razor sharp teeth -- the image usually evokes the Xenomorph from the Alien movies. These deep sea animals have been around for a long time. Did you know it's the last remaining member of a family that stretches back around 125 million years? They tend to remain mysterious creatures since they favor freezing waters and depths exceeding 4,000 feet. False Catshark Here’s another species of shark that favors depths of close to 5,000 feet …so it’s rarely seen. Such was the case in 2015 when one of the creatures was found in the Outer Hebrides (heh-brih-deez) of Scotland near the Isle of Barra … that was only the second time a false catshark was found in the region. The animals can grow to nearly 10 feet long, but this specimen went about 6 feet and weighed 132 pounds. The fishermen who caught the animal thought it resembled a large, unused sofa … but instead of using it as such, they released it back to the water after measuring and weighing it. A good thing, since the false catshark is the only member of its genus (JEE-nus)! 1.Two Headed Sharks These critters seem to be popping up at an unprecedented rate in waters around the world … and it’s left experts baffled as to exactly why. The creatures first started appearing in 2008 … that’s when the embryo of a blue shark with two heads was found off the Australian coast. In 2013, fishermen in Florida found a two headed fetus in the uterus of a bull shark. More recently, a two-headed Atlantic sawtail catfish embryo was discovered in a Spanish lab by researchers there. It was the first example of a two headed shark that was born by an oviparous (oh-VIP-er-us) species of shark -- or, one that lays eggs! Experts say such creatures wouldn’t live long in the wild … which could explain why no such egg laying sharks have been found so far. Scientists speculate that causes for the mutations might be linked to viral infections, pollution, or overfishing. As shark populations are thinned out, the gene pool contracts, which increases the chance of inbreeding … and that brings along the higher risk of passing along genetic abnormalities.
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15 Creatures with Amazing Eyes
 
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From the awesome chameleon to the elusive colossal squid, check out these 15 creatures with AMAZING eyes ! Chameleon -- While best known for their ability to change color and blend into their surroundings, Chameleons have highly unusual eyes. Each eye can move independently of the other , enabling the lizard to scan for threats and prey simultaneously. That ability also gives the chameleon a 360-degree range of vision. Chameleons have extremely acute eyesight able to spot prey from many meters away, and can see ultraviolet light. Dragonfly -- Like chameleons, dragonflies have a full 360 degree field of vision. Their eyes are so big they nearly cover the insect’s head, making the dragonfly look like it’s wearing a flight helmet! They have sharp eyesight and are able to detect polarized light in addition to colors. That’s due to 30,000 visual units known as ommatidia, each of which contains a lens and light sensitive cells. They’re especially sensitive to motion, and can quickly detect potential enemies or prey. Colossal Squid -- The largest invertebrate creature known to science, it also has the largest eyes found in the animal kingdom. Each of the creature’s eyes are bigger than dinner plates, up to 30cm across. Because the squid spends most of its time 2000 meters underwater, it needs those huge eyes to navigate the dim light in such extreme depths. The Colossal Squid possesses stereoscopic vision enabling it to better judge distances. Each eye also has organs called photophores which serve as a kind of built-in headlight. The photophores produce light as the squid looks frontward, allowing it to discern its prey through the dark waters. Tarsier (tar-seer) -- About the size of a squirrel, this nocturnal primate is found in rainforests of Southeast Asia. Of course, those eyes are the animal’s distinguishing feature. Relative to its body size the Tarsier has the largest eyes of any mammal. If your eyes were proportionately as large as a tarsier’s, your eyes would be the size of grapefruits! As you might guess, this animal has excellent night vision … and it’s believed they can see ultraviolet light! Starfish -- What’s a starfish doing on this list? Do they even have eyes? They do, actually. Five of them in fact! Look closely and see if you can detect their eyes … there’s one at the end of each arm. Granted, it’s a very simple form of eye that can only detect light or dark. But they’re eyes, nonetheless … see what we mean? Goats -- Did you know goat's eyes have rectangular pupils? It’s not just for the sake of looking strange. The horizontal slits not only give the animals great peripheral vision … They also allow them a range of vision between 320-340 degrees. Compare that to 160-210 degrees for a human. The larger pupils also mean that goats have excellent night vision as well. Not baaaad! Hammerhead Shark - The strange shape of the creature’s head was long a source of debate. In 2009, a study conducted by Florida Atlantic University revealed some information that might provide closure to the debate. It’s thought the hammer-like shape of the shark’s head may have evolved in such a way as to augment its vision. The eyes, positioned on the ends of the animal’s distinctive head, allow the shark a 360 degree range of vision .. meaning they can see what’s above and below them at the same time. Owls -- If there’s a symbol for awesome eyesight from the animal kingdom, it must be the eyes of the owl. Those striking orbs are well designed for hunting and allow the bird of prey to see equally well in brightest day and darkest night. Their eyes are fixed in place, meaning owls can’t move them in any direction. To compensate, the owls head can swivel around 270 degrees, allowing them to see behind them. The owl’s night vision is thought to be 100 times greater than that of a human … Who knew? Mantis Shrimp -- Many consider the eyes of the Mantis Shrimp to be the most complex in the animal kingdom. Like the dragonfly, they have compound eyes, but they also have vision powers even Superman might envy: They can see infrared, ultraviolet and polarized light. Their eyes, located on the ends of stalks, can move independently of one another and rotate some 70 degrees. And because each eye is divided into 3 sections, the Mantis Shrimp has a kind of ‘trinocular vision’ … it can use 3 different parts of the same eye to see objects, giving it depth perception. As research continues, it’s difficult to imagine how the world might appear to a creature like the Mantis Shrimp. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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17 Scariest Animals in Australia
 
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From snakes to drop pandas to even more snakes, these are the 17 SCARIEST Animals in Australia ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Most Unbelievable Fossil Discoveries
 
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From ancient Lemurs the size of gorillas, to the biggest dinosaur evidence ever found; These are 10 Most UNBELIEVABLE Fossil Discoveries ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Awesome Ancient Otter The Secret Valley Mud Dragon Mystery Skull Researchers in Portugal found a skull fragment in an ancient cave near Torres Novas that is presenting more questions than answers … one thing has been determined -- the fossil is dated at around 400,000 years old -- making it the oldest human cranium fossil ever found in the country. Still unknown is the adult specimen’s gender … how it died … or what type of early human it may have been. While not a Neanderthal, experts do say that the skull fragment bears characteristics that indicate it could be an ancestor to both Neanderthals and human ancestors. About a third of the cranium was discovered in the cave, embedding in rock … located nearby were a collection of Acheulean (uh-SHOO-lee-un) stone tools that included teardrop-shaped hand axes -- which gives insight as the ancient group’s hunting and eating habits. Some experts think that the skull’s physical characteristics, along with the stone tools found, indicates that humans were a single interbreeding species around 400,000 years ago. The Storr Lochs Monster An amateur fossil collector made an amazing discovery was made in 1966 near the Storr Loch Power Station on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. But it took nearly 50 years before it was identified as the fossilized skeleton of a 13-foot marine reptile that dates back around 170 million years. Experts say the critter is an ichthyosaur, also called ‘fish lizards’. The large sea reptiles were found in the waters between 250 to 90 million years ago. They shared physical characteristics with dolphins … including long, narrow snouts and cone-shaped teeth. Because these creatures were noted for their long necks, cryptozoologists have speculated whether they might somehow be related to the Loch Ness monster. There is one major difference between the two critters, though. The newly identified ichthyosaurs (ick-THEE-oh-sores) existence has been definitively proven by science … while Nessie is still regarded as a cryptid. But they do share a resemblance and both called Scotland home. Could there be a connection? XL (Extra Large) Lemurs (poss thumb #4, 6) We usually think of lemurs as smallish primates … generally, they range in size from around an ounce to around 20 pounds, depending on the species. But some fossils discovered in Madagascar indicate the critter may have grown much larger than that -- to the size of gorillas! Hundreds of fossilized skeletons and bones of animals including a giant fossa, elephant birds, and horned crocodiles were found in a flooded cave off the west coast of the island nation -- and even more critters might be buried in the silt. Based on previous finds in the region, experts say the fossils likely date back some 4,000 years, and were nearly perfectly preserved. At the base of the caves explorers found the skull of a lemur that measured about a foot in length. It’s estimated that the ancient species might have weighed upwards of 165 pounds … which would have made it roughly the size of a female gorilla! And remains of another lemur found at the location might have belonged to a critter that was even bigger. Paleontologists say that specimen could have approached the size of a male gorilla -- which can weigh around 400 pounds! Those super sized lemurs would have resembled koalas, according to our sources. While the underwater graveyard is being hailed as a remarkable discovery, it’s still a mystery as to how all those animals happened to die in the same location. Thunder Down Under As you might have noticed, Australia can lay claim to some of the most amazing wildlife in the world … and now Oz can claim the world’s biggest dinosaur footprint! It was uncovered in the Kimberley region of Western Australia … and measures an incredible 5 feet, nine inches … making it about the size of a man! Researchers used drones and laser imaging to better pinpoint and analyse the location of the print. They think tit was left by a sauropod … those gigantic creatures were identified by their long necks and tails, and their four, pillar-like legs … one of the better known animals might be brontosaurus. This newly discovered beast would have roamed the region around 140 million years ago, and was likely more than 17 feet high at the hips. And researchers say it had plenty of company back in the day. The enormous print was found alongside more than 20 unique types of dinosaur tracks in an area that’s often referred to as ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’. Experts are calling it the most diverse find of its kind in the world.
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10 Epic Ancient Discoveries
 
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From cave paintings and mysterious lost cities; to the world’s oldest temples; Here are 10 Epic Ancient Discoveries! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife It Takes a Village The remains of a human settlement estimated to be three times older than the Egyptian pyramids was discovered in British Columbia … and experts think it may help shed light on early civilization in North America. The 14,000 year old village was located on Triquet (trih-KAY) Island … over 300 miles northwest of Victoria, Canada. Artifacts like spears, fish hooks and tools for creating fire were found that date back to the Ice Age. Experts say the ancient discovery could help to alter the ideas of how North America was first inhabited by humans. The presence of the coastal village has led researchers to believe that a great migration of humans could have occurred on the coastline of British Columbia. The discovery also seems to coincide with stories found in the oral traditions of the indigenous Heiltsuk (HI-yelt-suk) Nation … Where tales of ancient coastal villages have been passed down for generations. Now it seems archaeological evidence could support those stories! Por Bajin (poor bah-gin) Did you know there is a mysterious island located high in the mountains of a remote Siberian lake? Archaeologists found it in 1891, located near the Mongolian border. The labyrinthine structure is called Por Bajin … and appears like it could be a fortress, or some sort of prison. Sprawling more than 8 acres, it’s thought to date back some 1,300 years … but much of the rectangular edifice is still well-preserved and remains intact. But its purpose still remains a mystery. Some researchers have suggested it was constructed to attract people, not to imprison them. Other theories speculate that Por Bajin could have been used as a summer palace, a monastery, or even an astronomical observatory. Some experts said they were surprised to Find hints of Chinese architecture, such as a roof tile that was uncovered. Some experts have observed that the shape of Por Bajin is comparable to that of the Forbidden City in China. Do you think there’s a connection? Ggantija (GAHN-tie-jah) Located on the Maltese island of Gozo, this megalithic complex is comprised of two two temples, which are dated at more than 5,500 years old. After Gobekli Tepe (GO-beck-lee Teh-pay) in Turkey, this is thought to be the world’s second oldest religious structure created by humans. But exactly how it was constructed still presents a mystery. When it was made, island natives would not have had metal tools or the wheel. Experts say that the huge stone building blocks might have been transported to the site by using ball bearings -- small spherical stones have been found which might have fulfilled this purpose. Figurines and statuettes found there have been associated with fertility rites. That has led researchers to think the temples may have housed a fertility cult. But its exact function still remains unknown. What is known is that these temples are older than the pyramids of Egypt! The Vulture Stone Gobekli Tepe (GO-beck-lee Teh-pay) in Turkey is considered by many to be the oldest temple site in the world, estimated to date back to around 9,000 BC. Scientists examining a pillar called the Vulture Stone found ancient carvings there … that could suggest fragments from a swarm of comets struck the earth around 11,000 BC! That event is thought to have taken out animals like the woolly mammoth … and may have helped spark the rise of civilization. Experts from the University of Edinburgh (ED-in-burr-UH) were analyzing the mysterious animal carvings on the pillar to see if they might match up with constellations. The animals were interpreted as astronomical symbols. By using computer software to match their positions to patterns of stars, the event could be traced to around 11,000 BC. Experts think the fragments hit the earth after a giant comet from the inner solar system broke apart. The event's time frame would coincide with the Younger Dryas (DRY-us) Period … a time in which a sharp drop in temperature was experienced …and the first Neolithic civilizations were emerging. The comet’s impact is thought to have initiated a mini ice age that could have lasted for over 1,000 years. Scientists say the carvings were intended as a record of the catastrophic event … and suggests that Gobekli Tepe may have served as an observatory to monitor the constellations.
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Incredible Fossilized Discoveries
 
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From the discovery of two Mammoths fighting to a fossilized chicken from hell, these are 20 of the most incredible fossilized discoveries. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 Vicious Ocean Predators
 
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From the world's most dangerous shark, to the crazy looking moray eel, these are the 10 VICIOUS ocean predators. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 NEW Weird Spider Species
 
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From spiders that look like leaves, to Spiders that can Eat Fish Twice their Own Size, these are 9 New Spider Species! Eight new species of whip spider were discovered earlier in 2016 in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The arachnid is actually a cross between a spider and a scorpion … and is also known as a tailless whip scorpion. That would seem to make for a nightmarish hybrid. But the creatures have no venomous fangs and are harmless to humans. While these arachnids can grow up to 24 inches (60 centimeters), the ones recently described were much smaller. The new species were differentiated by their body parts … with some having eyes in the center of their heads. There are some 170 species of whip spider known around the world … Brazil has the world’s largest diversity of the animals, with 25 species identified. Unfortunately, their habitat there is threatened by human encroachment and deforestation. Spiders typically prey on insects … but did you know that there are some spiders that have a taste for seafood. Zoologists have discovered a number of spiders that dine on small fish to supplement their diet … and can consume prey twice their size and weight. Some are semi-aquatic spiders that will lurk at the fringes of shallow freshwater streams or swamps. Others are capable of swimming, diving, and even walking on the water’s surface. While five different species of fish-eating spiders have been discovered across the world, most incidents have been documented in Florida wetlands … where semi-aquatic spiders have been observed catching and eating small freshwater fish like mosquitofish. The creature uses powerful enzymes and neurotoxins that helps them kill and digest fish larger than themselves. The feeding process is thought to take several hours. A new species of spider was recently discovered in China’s Yunnan (you-non) rainforest. Researchers say it it’s the first of its kind that can mimic a leaf. The arachnid uses its silk to stick dead leaves to tree branches. Then it simply lurks among the leaves, where it likely hides from predators and waits for prey. The spider can mimic leaves with a greenish-brown color … and it even has markings on its teardrop-shaped body that resemble leaf-like veins. Experts cite the spider’s behavior as masquerade. Unlike camouflage, masquerade allows an animal to resemble an object … and has much more success if surrounded by many examples of their disguise. Camouflage allows an animal to essentially become invisible … a tiger’s stripes being an example. When the leaf-mimicking spider uses dead leaves to help conceal itself, that demonstrates a successful masquerade. And because that masquerade is so convincing, it might explain why so few of the spiders have ever been collected … scientists have only found two so far. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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