The Cryptid Zoo: Extinct?

People working in the field of cryptozoology receive many reports that sound at least something like extinct animals. Some of these creatures are described as exact matches to animals that scientists think are extinct, while certain others just sound generally like extinct animals, such as dinosaurs, but are hard to pin down as one specific species.

The idea that some animals may have been prematurely declared extinct is a common one in cryptozoology. Even mainstream scientists acknowledge that this has happened, and a few animals have even experienced a comeback from "extinction" several times. Some of the "extinct" creatures that cryptozoologists are interested in were declared extinct just a few years ago, while others are prehistoric beasts that supposedly died out thousands or even millions of years ago.

The most controversial idea is that some dinosaurs may have survived until recently, or may even still be alive. It has often been suggested that the Loch Ness Monster is a surviving dinosaur, or that reports of dragons mean that people have seen dinosaurs.

American Hyena
Coelacanth (Living Fossil Fish)
Eastern Cougar
Giant Vampire Bat
Giant Sloth (see Mapinguary)
Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
Japanese Dwarf Wolf
Mesonychids (Hoofed Predators)
Missing Link
Mokele-Mbembe (African Living Dinosaur)
Moas and Other Giant Flightless Birds
Panthera Atrox (American Lions)
Passenger Pigeon
Pterosaurs and Pterodactyls
Smilodon (or Saber-Toothed Cats)
Thylacine and Queensland Tiger

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