There are three creatures that recently went extinct. They have fossilized skeletons of these creatures, but some scientists believe that they may have recently seen some alive. There have been sightings of these creatures. They are the Moa, Megalania, and Mylodon.
Moa (Dinornis novaezealandiae) also called the North Island Giant Moa, discovered on North Island, New Zealand by Sir Richard Owen in 1843. They reached a height of 12 feet and weighed about 510 pounds. They were wingless birds. They are related to New Zealand’s Kiwi, Australian Emu, Australian and New Guinea Cassowaries, to African Ostriches, and to South American Rheas. There is a fossilized skeleton of a Giant Moa at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
Picture a forest-dwelling emu or ostrich the size of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, and you have imagined the New Zealand Giant Moa. Now extinct, this flightless bird was likely hunted to death by indigenous Moari people before 1769, when Captain Cook showed up.
Megalania was a very large goanna or monitor lizard, now extinct. It was part of the mega-fauna that inhabited Southern Australia. The first aboriginal settlers may have encountered living Megalanias. The name Megalania prisca was coined in 1859 by Sir Richard Owen to mean “ancient great roamer”; the name was chosen in reference to the terrestrial nature of this great saurian. Estimated length of Megalania was about 23 feet long with a maximum weight of approximately 1,300 to 1400 pounds.
The Megalania is the largest terrestrial lizard known to have existed. Judging from its size, it would have fed mostly upon medium to large size animals, including any giant marsupials like Diprotodon, along with snakes, birds, and other reptiles. It had heavily built limbs and body with a large skull complete with a small crest in between the eyes, and a jaw full of serrated blade-like teeth. Even though Megalania was thought to have gone extinct, there has occasionally been reports from Australia and New Guinea of giant lizards similar to Megalania. Sightings have been reported as recently as 1979. But there is no credible scientific evidence of the existence of a surviving population.
Mylodon is an extinct genus of the Giant Ground Sloth that lived in the Patagonia area of South America. Mylodon’s scientific name is Mylodon darwinii. It was named by Sir Richard Owen on the basis of a nearly complete lower jaw and teeth, which were found by Charles Darwin in a consolidated grave cliff at Bahia Blanca, during the survey expedition of the HMS Beagle. Mylodon weighed about 440 pounds and stood up to 10 feet tall when raised on its hind legs. It had very thick hide and had ostederms within its skin for added armor. It also had long, sharp claws. A variety of specimens found through out Argentina and Chile indicate that Mylodon had a wide range of climate and environmental tolerance. The legendary creature Mapinquari has been proposed to be a Mylodon. Brazilian natives believe it still exists as a frightful, red coated, beast of the rain forest. Mapinguari has a scream-like cry and razor sharp claws for ripping open the palm tree it eats.
These three magnificent creatures the Giant Moa, Megalania, and Mylodon were created by God for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).
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