The Arica Monster is an unexplained dinosaur-like creature that has been sighted in the Atacama region of Chile.
Creature Background Edit
The Arica Monster can be described as a reptilian-looking, kangaroo-like creature that has been reported to be around 6 feet (2 meters) tall. Many motorists driving around on the main dirt have witnessed a tall, bipedal dinosaur crossing the road in front of them. In 2004 several members of a large local family saw what they described as kangaroo-like creature with the face of a dog, who surrounded the family's vehicle as they were driving on the region's main dirt road. Several other sightings were recorded in that same year, and these creatures were even seen traveling in a pack.
Many people suggest that the Arica Monster is a surviving member of the dromeosaurids.
While it would be pretty cool if an ancient dinosaur was still walking among us, it is scientifically impossible. Dinosaurs went extinct nearly 65 million years ago, and if these creatures survived this extinction event people would have known about it due to the fossil record. Others claim that the Arica Monster is an unknown species of flightless bird like the South American rhea. While the rhea hasn't been known to inhabit Chile, a larger subspecies could have evolved to inhabit the Atacama desert. This creature's physical features match up with the rhea, and reportedly had leathery skin, long ostrich-like legs, and three toed feet. Also, the rheas are known to travel in groups of up to 5 or 6 individuals. Clearly an emu sized bird seems like a possible explanation for the existence of these creatures.