My friend Mary Fantina shared this video with me today purportedly showing a living dinosaur somewhere in South America. It’s a nice video (1:41 long) and it does show a strange little creature running around in a jungle glade. What’s impressive to me is how well it’s camouflaged on the jungle floor! Here’s the video:
Anyway, the problem is this is not a dinosaur. Dinosaurs did not survive the mass extinction.
Reptiles did survive the mass extinction, and this little guy is a lizard of some sort. It reminded me of this other lizard, a flashy cousin from Australia known as the Australian Frilled Neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingie):
What a magnificent little beast! The Frilled Neck lizard runs very much like this green one in South America, up on its rear legs.
While it would be wonderful to find a living dinosaur, let’s not overlook the importance of these creatures that DID survive the cataclysm. They are also incredibly special in their own little ways.
Til the next time!