Monday 24 June 2019

Living Dinosaurs in Chile?

There were  reports of possible raptor like creatures seen in the Arica area of Chile in 2004

The first sighting occurred at around 9:40 p.m on Thursday, July 29, 2004. Dario Riquelme was driving a vehicle from Iquique to Arica. Chilean Army official Hernan Cuevas, his wife, and his two young children were with him in the car. The sighting happened when  they were only a few minutes away from arriving at Arica. They saw something strange darted across the road in front of their car. Riquelme then stopped the vehicle.It was followed by another a few minutes later. This time they could clearly see the creature and thought  that it was around 2 meters.( 6 feet) Riquelme stated that the creature was  like a dinosaur, walking on two legs and was grey and hairless .The daughter ,Tania ,said that the creatures  had  short arms and moved very fast.
  Then another sighting two weeks later by the  Abett de la Torre Diaz family who described how four “dog faced kangaroo like” creatures  surrounded their car as they travelled home. Carmen Diaz described how one of the creatures stared at them while they were seated in their car.She drew the footprints of the creatures from memory, and it showed a three-toed foot with claws on the tips of the toes.
 Other people have also reported sightings Other motorists have also reported coming into contact with a creature  that looks a raptor, with thick leathery skin,  three-toed feet, an upright stance and razor sharp teeth.Sounds like a creature from Jurassic park but there may be an explanation.

By Mauricio Silva El Mercurio (Santiago de Chile) August 5, 2004
Amazement spreads over accounts from drivers claiming to have encountered strange beings like Jurassic Park animals.   ARICA -- The alleged dinosaurs allegedly seen in the desert by some drivers and their passengers, whose stories have caused certain expectation in the city, would have been no more than simple and peaceful ostriches. Claims of strange, enormous creatures galloping across the Pampa come from drivers who were making their way at night on the road linking Arica with Iquique. The local press has broadcast these stories profusely, causing both wonderment and some incredulous smiles. Ricardo Arancibia, a breeder of these African flightless birds, located in the vicinity of the alleged sightings, has 12 specimens on Lot 53 of Acha, very near the road and area where the apparitions occurred.  It is believed that some 200 ostriches exist in the Pampa today, distributed in scattered pens in northern communities such as Acha, Chaca and Lluta. Concerned by these accounts, Arancibia contacted the media to offer background information that could bring an end to the mystery and turn what threatened to become a new modern myth, like the so-called Chupacabras or UFOs, into a harmless episode. He acknowledged that the birds can escape from their pens and give the wrong impression, especially if seen at night.  A total of 11 people claim having seen alleged dinosaurs in two separate incidents--last Thursday and two weeks ago--both at night. The descriptions agree that the apparitions were dog-headed birds, standing nearly 2 meters tall with long legs, developed thighs and small, inverted upper extremities. It is said that they moved swiftly with wide strides.  Municipal Veterinarian Alfrodin Turra ratified that said characteristics coincide with those of ostriches. But Dario Riquelme,44, a fiberglass contractor who has been driving the same road for 10 years and made the first sighting, rejects this explanation. "I know what ostriches look like and there's no deal. [It] crouched in front of my pickup truck, I saw it clearly. They were just like the ones from Jurassic Park."  
Translation (c) 2004. Scott Corrales, IHU.Special thanks to Liliana NÒez.

 So people who have seen them reject the big bird explanation. It is however easy to be fooled at night in the light of car headlights. Raptors and large birds are very alike in the way they move, so what do you think, escaped Ostrich or Raptor?
Since the sightings some new discoveries of fossils have been found.

New Tyrannosaurus-like vegetarian dinosaur discovered in Chile 2015
Anatomical comparisons have shown that the bipedal Chilesaurus had relatively short but strong forelimbs similar to the T.rex and other carnivorous therapods. However its hands had two blunt fingers, unlike the sharp, dagger-like claws of meat-eaters such as Velociraptor.
Unknown DINOSAUR' bones discovered 2018
A young man discovered some strange bones.

In view of these discoveries could the creatures sighted   be  descendants  of the early dinosaurs? They sound so similar and bird like but would have evolved somewhat hence anomalies in descriptions  from any original creatures. There have been no sightings since 2004 that I could find reported so where did they go? One can only hope that they reappear and are seen again so an investigation may turn up answers .

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