Saturday, September 25, 2010
In a recent post I suggested that an image by was a Patagonian Walrus, but I thought it over and I believe that it may be a Iemisch (the creature's tail is long and very unlike that of a walrus. Furthermore it seems more like an otter -look at its paws- than a warlus.
Then one of my blog's readers suggested that it may be a sabre-toothed cat. Which is a very interesting and reasonable idea: the long fangs are definitively similar to those of a smilodon sp., and furthermore if, as I have suggested the iemisch is a water tiger, it may even be an extant smilodon.
That is, the smilodon may be a water tiger.
In all honesty, I have not seriously considered the smilodons as potential candidates to explain Patagonian cryptids, and my book just mentions them as part of the region's megafauna.
I will do some reading and look into smilodons (in Patagonia, Chile, Argentina and South America). The outcome of this research will be published here. We may find something new or interesting.
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