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Brazil's Bigfoot, the Mapinguary

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posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 01:12 PM
For many years, zoologist Dr David Oren from the Goeldi Museum of Brazil has been following up local reports from the dense Mato Grosso region of Amazonia in his longstanding search for an odd creature called the mapinguary.

Dr Oren has proposed that the mapinguary is a giant ground sloth, possibly related to the fossil genus Neomylodon. On the whole, he has recorded about 50 first-hand accounts, as well as material evidence for the existence of the mapinguary, such as footprints and feces.

According to local tales and legends, the creature is "Fifteen feet tall and with hair so thick it makes it invulnerable to bullets, swords, knifes, arrows and spears, the creature loves tobacco and twists off the upper skulls of its human victims so as to suck up their gray matter. But its most freaky feature is its 'extra mouth' in the middle of its belly! When it feels threatened, it lets out a truly vile stench — something like commingled garlic, excrement, and rotting meat — from this second mouth, which, the Indians say, is strong enough to suffocate any attacker."

Dr Oren believes this discription is very close to that of the extinct gound-sloth called a mylodontid, known only to science from fossils, preserved fecal droppings, and from mummified individuals several millennia old. The mummies are still covered in reddish-brown fur.

From these specimins, scientists know that they had bony nodules in their skin that would have served as an effective body armor (possibly explaining the legendary invulnerability). The claim of the extra mouth in it's belly could well be some gas-secreting gland, used for defense.

Some, local encounter stories:
Acre and Matto Grosso Provinces, Brazil - Mapinguary Reports
Mapinguary chases two joggers in Argentina
Large hairy hominid kills colt in Salta, Argentina

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 09:27 PM
Very, very interesting.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 09:34 PM
i'm not surprised considering the fact that less than 1% of the Amazon has been explored

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 09:48 PM
fascinating stuff zedd.

there this other south american legend of a jungle dweller called the Moongazer. He is also said to be about 15 tall, smells really bad, however he is not violent unless approached. He is said to walk staring always at the moon and is only seen when there is a visible moon in the sky.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 10:18 PM
that's really interesting. great find!

posted on Apr, 15 2004 @ 12:20 PM
Hey im new, but.....

i belive that it could proberly eksist, because south america got so many reports of strange animals chupakapra, big foot exc...

keep posting interesting stuff like that it would b nice.

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