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Universal Monsters [May. 1st, 2008|01:16 pm]
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According to local legends, the Mapinguari, a large, nocturnal, red-haired monster with a disorienting stench, roams the Amazon jungle of Brazil. Locals describe the Mapinguari as standing about two meters tall when on its hind legs. Interestingly, its feet are turned backwards and it is reportedly capable of ripping apart palm trees with its large claws. Although most scientists dismiss the Mapinguari as myth, a few, among them ornithologist David Oren, believe the Mapinguari may actually exist. They theorize that it may be a surviving giant ground sloth similar to the Mylodon, generally thought to have gone extinct about ten thousand years ago. It would not be entirely unprecedented to discover a living specimen of a species thought to be extinct for such a long period. In 1972, Dr. Ralph Wetzel discovered living specimens of the Chacoan Peccary, a close relative of pigs and boars, while on an expedition to the Gran Chaco. Prior to his discovery, the only example of this type of peccary had come from fossil remains, and they were generally considered to have died out about ten thousand years ago.
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From: christinaathena
2008-05-01 06:21 pm (UTC)
Interesting legend. It is unlikely for such a large animal to remain hidden for so long, though.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-01 06:22 pm (UTC)
*nod* I agree, but I find it fascinating, all the same.
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From: christinaathena
2008-05-01 06:24 pm (UTC)
It's like the yeti. Unlikely to be real, but still fun to think about. :-)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-01 07:56 pm (UTC)
Precisely. :)
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From: bleedingdaisy
2008-05-01 06:41 pm (UTC)

read this?!

http://www.orangpendek.org/

along the same lines. sorta...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-01 07:59 pm (UTC)

Re: read this?!

WOW!! Very cool!!! Deinite simlarities!
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2008-05-01 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh Ilove this sorta stuff, as a kid my dad had me watch everything fromalien abductions to locheness. suffice to say i had many monsters waiting for me at bed time. But still I'm a sucker for all of it
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-01 08:03 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!!
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2008-05-01 08:05 pm (UTC)
unless you five years old and afriad that aliens are going to abduct you in the night. PS- my friend is ok, she managed to get away ok, but she's not hiking alone anymore at all
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-01 08:23 pm (UTC)
Good, I'm glad she's okay. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: frontdoorangel
2008-05-01 09:33 pm (UTC)
I love your icon. I told my husband last night that when the new movie comes out we ARE seeing it in the theater.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-01 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so pumped. :)
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From: hymn
2008-05-03 08:35 pm (UTC)
where'd you get the info about the mapinguari? i wanna put it on my lj but want a link or reference!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-04 11:39 pm (UTC)
I got it off of a fact thingie. :) I don't have the link love i deleted it after I posted it. I suck.
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