Evidence These Mythical Creatures May Actually Have Existed

Evidence These Mythical Creatures May Actually Have Existed

Myths are called myths for a reason, because
they’re untrue, stories told by ancient people who wanted to explain a phenomenon or scare
someone into good behavior. Because we’re so much more rational than our
ancestors were, we modern humans know better than to believe in them. “Shenanigans! Shenanigans! SHENANIGANS!” However, the terrifying truth is that some
myths are not completely made up. While it’s true that most of the mythical
beasts you know from fairy tales do not roam our modern world, some actually did walk the
earth, and a few of them might still. Here are some mythical creatures that might
actually have existed. The kraken “And let this day be cursed by we who ready
to wake: the Kraken!” The kraken has supposedly terrorized sailors
for centuries, a horrible creature which was said to have long tentacles able to “suction
your face clean off” and pull an entire ship beneath the waves. Scientists today are pretty sure that the
legends are based on the giant squid, which is most definitely real. Although it’s unlikely that giant squid are
particularly fond of sinking ships or suctioning off the faces of quirky pirates. “Can I have some more cheese?” Like pretty much all legendary beasts, especially
the sorts of legendary beasts that enjoy killing people, the kraken was said to be disproportionately
huge, roughly the size of “a number of small islands.” Real giant squid aren’t quite that big, but
they can grow up to 50 feet in length, which is big enough. At least one paleontologist believes he’s
found evidence of Triassic squid that were up to 100 feet in length, though his theory
is not yet well-supported. We’ll have to wait for more evidence to see
if there were giant squid even bigger than we know. Dire Wolves Dire wolves are more than just giant, CGI
canids whose sole purpose appears to be making Stark enemies wet themselves in fear. Dire wolves are based on real, extinct animals
that once lived in North America. Dire wolves lived during the Late Pleistocene,
between 250,000 to roughly 10,000 years ago. Unfortunately, real dire wolves were not really
the size of ponies, although no one denies the potential awesomeness of pony-sized wolves. They were larger than modern wolves, though,
and could weigh as much as 200 pounds, almost twice what a very large modern wolf might
weigh. Dire wolves are among the most common animals
found in the La Brea Tar Pits. More than 200,000 dire wolf specimens have
been uncovered at La Brea, which is a pretty sizable wolfpack. Bunyip The bunyip is an Aboriginal legend. According to Australian History, the name
means “devil” or “spirit” and the creature is said to look like a cross between a crocodile
and a horse. Bunyips stalk and kill human beings and supposedly
make an eerie sound like a “hollow boom.” The bunyip is a little like Australia’s Loch
Ness monster in that it lives in the water and has never been photographed despite the
fact that hundreds of people claim to have seen it. However, in 1839, the remains of an animal
called a diprotodon were discovered in Australia, which proved that a huge, rhino-sized marsupial
similar in appearance to a wombat once roamed the outback. Diprotodon was a plant-eater, but it’s not
hard to imagine that an angry one would be just as terrifying as an angry rhino or hippo. It’s unlikely that there are any surviving
populations of diprotodons in Australia, but they only died out 20,000 to 40,000 years
ago, which was long after the arrival of the aboriginal people. That suggests the legends might have come
from real-life encounters between humans and diprotodons. Thunderbirds The thunderbird is a Native American legend
about a bird so huge it can carry a small whale in its talons. Thunderbirds, which are said to be responsible
for thunder and lightning, appear in several tribal traditions, from the plains to the
northwest coast. It’s a pretty cool myth, sort of like the
European notion of winged dragons, except more plausible. So plausible, in fact, that JuneauEmpire.com
says there are modern people who have reported seeing a bird with a wingspan of up to 20
feet in the Alaskan skies. That’s roughly 2.5 times the wingspan of a
bald eagle. Some biologists have suggested that the sightings
could be a Steller’s sea eagle, which is larger and heavier than a bald eagle, and that similar
sightings could have prompted the thunderbird legends centuries ago. What’s weird about this claim is the Steller’s
sea eagle mostly spends time in Russia and Japan, though it’s possible one could have
gotten lost while out flying. Either that or Thunderbirds are absolutely
real and roaming across Alaska. Dragons One probable hypothesis for the origin of
the dragon legend is the discovery of bones that resemble dragons. In one of his writings, fourth-century B.C.
Chinese historian Chang Qu discussed the dragon remains that were found in the region that
is now known as Sichuan province. It’s likely that similar artifacts were also
known in Europe, potentially giving rise to legends of fire-breathing monsters. “You have a beautiful voice.” “Thank you! We dragons love to sing when we’re happy.” But if fossils weren’t enough to inspire the
imagination, it’s also possible that medieval people might have encountered actual dragons
in Indonesia, home of the fearsome Komodo dragon. According to the Smithsonian, wild komodo
dragons can weigh more than 150 pounds and may exceed 10 feet in length, and contrary
to what most people believe, medieval dragons weren’t necessarily enormous. Raphael’s famous painting of St. George and
the Dragon depicted a beast no larger than a lion, not too far off from a real-life komodo
dragon. Griffins The dragon might have a similar origin story
to the griffin, a chimeric animal said to have the front half of an eagle and the back
half of a lion. According to surviving legends, griffins appeared
in ancient Greece, Persia, Egypt, and medieval Europe. In one 2,000-year-old story, griffins built
nests near gold mines in the Gobi desert and would fiercely defend them from ambitious
miners. Probably not coincidentally, the bones of
a certain dinosaur were once quite common in the same desert. Specifically, paleontologists found plenty
of fossil records for the protoceratops, a quadrupedal dinosaur with a hooked beak that
could easily be mistaken for a griffin. From there it seems likely that people concocted
fantastic stories of gold-guarding, fearsome beasts that were half eagle and half lion. Chupacabras Dire wolves are cool, dragons are awesome,
but some mythical creatures are downright terrifying. “I’m thirsty!” The chupacabra is a New World myth that originated
in Puerto Rico, but it’s not as old as you probably thought it was. The chupacabra is a vampiric creature first
sighted near the turn of this century. “How old are you?” “Seventeen.” “How long have you been seventeen?” Well, not quite. The Chupacabra is less Edward Cullen and more
of a cross between a mosquito and a coyote. “Chupacabra” means “goat sucker,” but it’s
been known to drain the blood of dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, cows, and other domesticated
animals. It has red eyes, spines, and can cover vast
distances in a single leap. The most recent sightings describe them as
having an almost canine appearance, with thick, hairless skin like an elephant. People have actually found the corpses of
animals believed to be chupacabras, which means the beast is an easily solved mystery. “Savage teeth, hairless gray skin, and a humanlike
fist adds up to a freakish find.” Chupacabra corpses almost exclusively turn
out to be coyotes suffering from a severe form of mange, which causes them to lose their
hair. If you’ve ever been terrified by the sight
of a hairless chihuahua, you can probably pretty easily imagine how a person might mistake
a hairless coyote for a blood-sucking monster. Basilisks Like the griffin, the basilisk is a cross
between two terrifying creatures, although in this case it’s really just one terrifying
creature and a chicken. According to legend, basilisks are born when
very confused roosters decide to sit on serpent’s eggs. The mythical creature that emerges after a
successful incubation has a rooster’s head, a snake-like body, wings, and the legs of
a chicken. Although most variations just take the form
of a very large snake. The basilisk spits fire and paralyzes with
its gaze. It can move with the front part of its body
upright, it lives in dry or sandy places, and weasels can kill it. That’s all pretty clear evidence that the
basilisk is based on the Egyptian cobra, which can also hold the front part of its body upright,
spit venom, and stare lovingly into its victims’ eyes just before striking. What’s more, the cobra’s only real enemy is
the mongoose, which looks a lot like a weasel. Although, no one’s quite sure where the chicken
part of this myth originated. “I was just telling him!” *AWESOME CHICKEN NOISES* “I haven’t found the right girl, when I do, I’ll ask her out.” “Has anyone in this family even SEEN a chicken?” Werewolves These hairy shapeshifters have occupied our
imaginations for centuries, but there’s a really logical explanation for the legend. In the ancient world there was no such thing
as vaccination, and rabies was common not only in wild animals but also in the family
dog. A bite from a rabid animal could transform
a person from an upright, rational person to an irrational, crawling, foaming-at-the-mouth
animal that might attack and bite his or her friends and loved ones. “Learn the facts. Rabies kills nearly four thousand Americans
every one thousand years. Rabies. Blech.” Once a person was bitten, there was no way
to stop the virus from taking over. And if that person happened to be particularly
hairy, well, you can see how the werewolf legend might have been born. “Help me! Please! Help me! Help me!” Sadly, that means our modern understanding
of werewolves is not in fact based on the actual existence of impossibly handsome bare-chested
shape-shifters, but normal human beings stricken with a horrific, almost-100 percent fatal
illness. Giants Almost every human culture has a version of
a giant mythical humanoid. In the British Isles, there’s even a legendary
giant that has a name. Fionn mac Cumhaill was an Irish giant, said
to have built and subsequently destroyed the famous “Giant’s Causeway” in Northern Ireland. But giants aren’t just legends. The modern world has plenty of examples of
real giants, many of whom exceeded 8 feet in height. According to modern DNA testing, some of these
modern giants live in Ireland, where a genetic pituitary tumor causing unchecked growth can
be traced all the way back to a 7 foot 7 inch circus performer whose bones are still on
display at the Hunterian Museum. This genetic link suggests the mutation has
been around for a long time, and may even go all the way back to Fionn mac Cumhaill
himself, thus proving that giants are not just the stuff of some bored medieval storyteller’s
imagination. Sadly, golden geese and magic beans probably
aren’t based on reality, though one never knows what archaeologists might someday discover
in a forgotten ruin.

Randy Schultz

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49 thoughts on “Evidence These Mythical Creatures May Actually Have Existed

  1. daniels putans says:

    Yup its true…

  2. theldun1 says:

    What you described as a Basilisk is a Cockatrice.

  3. Blue Zephyr says:

    Dinosaurs never existed…nope neeeeeeever existed

  4. neil macdonald says:

    myths like the bible lol

  5. CHANNEL BLACK says:

    I was expecting Smurfs LOL

  6. raiden murray says:

    Follow me on instagram @ Rogue murray

  7. Sovereign Sentience says:

    do not mess with squids . for real .

  8. Steve Martino says:

    Some think that the cyclops was based of mammoth skulls because the nasal opening looked like a giant eye socket

  9. Doctor Cthulhu says:

    The Giant Eagle-like bird that terrorized New Zealand- Polynesia area 10-15,000 years ago. Was once thought to be just a myth.
    It was based on their oral history, which talked about a giant bird that could pick up adult men for food. It turned out to be completely true historical bird.

  10. Doctor Cthulhu says:

    The Colossal Squid is even larger than the Giant Squid, with specimens as large as 100ft tip-to-tip.
    It wouldn’t be a unheard of for a deep ocean creature to come up to fast, get the bends, and latch on to anything it comes across; like a sailing ship. Which, has nearly the same body/hull size, as the squids greatest enemy, the sperm whale. So, it being confused and attacking a ship, is quite logical.

  11. Doctor Cthulhu says:

    The Giant Armadillo was also thought of a myth, up to 150yrs ago. Until euro/western scientists started believing the S.American natives, investigated their stories, and found shells as big as a small hut.

  12. Colin james Mcintosh says:

    Bun yips don't live in the water.

  13. PREPFORIT says:

    Great List of Interesting stuff.

  14. cool99 YT says:

    Im early

  15. PATRIOT WOLF says:


  16. Jarrik73 says:

    Me thinks they goofed up and mistook the Cockatrice for the Basilisk.

  17. Torture Killah2 says:

    Can I have some more cheese!!!!

  18. manarayofhope23 says:

    That sucked

  19. Pedantic Pete says:

    I don’t see what is mythical about giant squid? They’re pretty common really.

  20. Tucker Sharples __ says:

    Yes it’s irrational to believe in monsters, however not an invisible dude in the sky who created everything. Nah I don’t get it.

  21. We are IF says:

    I have videos on all of these 😁😁😁😁

  22. TIGER TEETH says:

    Grunge, you have no idea what a myth is. At all.

  23. Grunge says:

    What other mythical creatures do you think rule?

  24. Dark Angel says:

    You're kidding, right? Werewolves are from rabies, it has NOTHING to do with Hypertrichosis? Ugh! I hate when people make stuff up and put it out as fact! Unsubscribe!

  25. Josh S-TV says:

    She sounds cute

  26. Formerdwarf says:

    The loch Ness monster lived in Scotland not Australia

  27. Max Mantell says:

    1:03-rockos modern life

  28. Rosy A. says:

    You poor girl seek info u shall find giants are still here amazon baby books will let u know plus look a Egypt hieroglyphics

  29. I'm not weird everyone else is weird and I'm normal says:


  30. Jerry Hart says:

    Ok kinda dumb question… is the megladon and titanaboa considered mythical? Along with mermaids

  31. Han Banan says:

    OMG I am legit watching fantastic beasts and in the exact scene in the beginning of this video!!!!! I love Eddie Redmayne!!♥️

  32. Kehoe Kehoe says:

    Austrslias loch ness monster? Dont make videos if you dont what tf you're talking about. Makes the whole thing seem like shit

  33. Pyryte says:

    My thing with myths or mythical creatures is they had to have started somewhere with at least some sort of reality right?

    Maybe not but it's weird that they're even talked about anyway.

  34. Diamondwarrior says:

    Dragons are real read the bible dumbass

  35. Rudy Straight says:

    these creatures did exist. in the days of noah the nephilim were sinning against all flesh meaning they creating hybrid animals corrupt their original dna coding

  36. Erik_lone_wolf Snip says:

    Ok, so for the Thunderbird and the dragons the actual animals mhmighbe the haat's eagle which went extinct in the 1400's (New Zeeland)and for the dragons the megalania (Australia) and dinosaur bones..



  38. Maebh MacDonald says:

    Australias loCh NeSs mOnsTer emmmm?????

  39. Nova Hoth says:

    Where did the chicken side of the basilisk come from? Actually I believe that came from the fusion of the original strictly lizard concept of the basilisk and something called the cockatrice, least one thing I've heard

  40. MasterRightHand says:

    A good teammate in a video game is another mythical creature.

  41. Park Eunjin says:

    Well we still aren’t able to discover the deepest part of the sea yet, or maybe never, so who knows what could be there ?

  42. k-55 Africa says:

    Extreme monsters cool !

  43. k-55 Africa says:

    godzilla rules !

  44. Mahjiggah says:

    Dinosaurs are dragons they they didnt even have the word dinosaurs back then and now they said most of them had wings so that's more dragon then fake made up dinosaurs hahaha video weak

  45. RaccoonDumpsterParty says:

    “Australia’s Loch Ness Monster”

  46. Georgia Reynolds says:

    The dragon is my FAVORITE animal EVER!!!!! I REALLY wish our world was like How To Train Your Dragon! Just think about it, having your VERY own dragon to fly wherever you want and, name whatever you want!😫❤️🐉

  47. Man May says:

    Sems sznxx ows wyssjs

  48. ArtsyPotatoe 05 says:

    Anyone know where the clip from 9:12 came from?

  49. King Katura says:

    8:20 did you really just say rabies has something to do with werewolves? Hate to break it to you but rabies doesn't do what you think it does, It was largely propagated by hollywood especially movies like kujo which is 100% fiction only being loosely based on rabies. And rabies in people react completely different. Honestly i had no clue how off base these video's were because i use to watch them for entertainment but in truth i'm tonight i'm starting to find out that their is not only alot of bs. But barely any research goes into them, and alot of it just happens to hocus pocus hollywood stuff. Kind of a let down.

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