Thunderbirds, mythical creatures widely recognized in folklore, are believed by zoologists to have once roamed the Earth’s skies. Fossil evidence…
Thunderbirds, mythical creatures widely recognized in folklore, are believed by zoologists to have once roamed the Earth’s skies. Fossil evidence suggests that these enormous avian creatures, called Teratorns, may have been real and widely distributed across North and South America.
These extinct birds of prey, similar to vultures, boasted wingspans of up to 18 feet. However, the feasibility of their flight capabilities due to such grandeur has stirred debate among researchers. It is speculated that these majestic creatures cohabited with early humans, and tales of their existence have been orally transferred and integrated into various Native American cultures.
In 1890, an article in the Tombstone Epitaph chronicled the shooting of an unusually large “winged creature” by two local ranchers. Described as an oversized alligator, the beast allegedly had an 8-feet-long head, a 92-feet-long body, and wings spanning around 160 feet. It was also reported to have a beak filled with sharp teeth.
A mysterious photograph, rumored to have been taken in Vicksburg in 1864, surfaced in the 1950s. The image purportedly shows a group of Civil War soldiers standing alongside a massive, prehistoric-looking bird resembling a Pteranodon. While the picture is widely considered a hoax, the bird’s resemblance to the creature reportedly shot in Arizona in 1890 is intriguing.
Thunderbird sightings escalated in the 1940s. A notable incident occurred on April 10, 1948, when three men in Illinois claimed to have spotted a colossal bird, initially mistaken for an airplane. They insisted that the creature possessed a wingspan exceeding 25 feet and a body resembling a torpedo.
A dramatic and controversial encounter took place on July 25, 1977, in Lawndale, Illinois. Two enormous birds descended on three children playing in a yard. While two of the children managed to escape, one of the birds allegedly seized 10-year-old Marlon Lowe in its talons, lifting him into the air. Despite skepticism, the traumatic incident left indelible claw marks on Lowe’s shoulder, attesting to the potential credibility of the account.
More recently, in 2002, witnesses in Alaska described spotting a giant bird that looked like it was straight from Jurassic Park. With an estimated 14-foot wingspan, the creature was larger and more distinctive than typical bird species native to the region. These sightings even garnered attention from the Anchorage Daily News.
While there’s ample room for skepticism and uncertainty, the links between these encounters and Native American Thunderbird myths are compelling. It raises the question: could these legends be grounded in truth? Only time will tell, as we continue to explore and unravel the mysteries of our world’s natural history.