Every year, between 15000 and 18000 new animal species are identified and categorized using the most up-to-date DNA testing all around the world.
Extinct and even unknown organisms are still discovered, as we may imagine. So, what happens when myths become reality?
Native Americans in North America carved totems and recounted stories about unusual beasts like the Thunderbirds. The mythical animals are shown as massive birds capable of causing thunderstorms.
They were servants of the Great Spirits of the World and resided on lonely mountain summits. At the same time, these monsters were feared and revered.
Pterandonon, a genus of Pterosaurs that includes some of the world’s largest flying reptiles, is now identified with these species. In North America, fossilized remains have been unearthed.
What’s strange is that, despite the fact that these species vanished millions of years ago, there is evidence that residents of the North American region recalled multiple encounters encountering giant birds with lizard-like traits over 200 years ago.
Other evidence includes photographs from the American Civil War in 1864, which show a massive bird standing beneath the boots of six American troops.
Three youngsters from Lawndale, Illinois were the subject of another 1977 story. They described being hunted until one of their friends, Marlon Lowe, was caught by a big bird.
As you can see, evidence of weird animals that we believed was extinct is increasing. However, as time passes and new technology become available, more and more undiscovered and unimaginable species will be found.