Have you ever wondered what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the earth? Well, it turns out, there are remnants of that life everywhere today. The Mesozoic era brought forth more than 180 million years of dinosaurs until their extinction 65 million years ago. About 50 percent of the planet’s animal and plant life survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction. Here are some of the animals whose ancestors walked (or swam) alongside dinosaurs, and who still exist today. Though breathtaking creatures like mastodons, giant sloths, saber-toothed tigers and ancient dire wolves have been extinct for about 11,700 years, that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance to see some awe-inspiring prehistoric creatures today. The history of our planet is like a carnival of screams. Looking back through the fossil record, we’ve had everything from carnivorous swimming tanks to giant flesh eating goats. Fortunately, nature has seen fit to kill most of history’s monsters with evolution and extinction events. So we’re in the clear, right? Sure, if you stay on land.
Sadly, this species falls into the category of prehistoric animals which are critically endangered. The gharial, otherwise known as the gavial, boasts a terrifying mouthful of razor-sharp teeth. It has been reported that fewer than 200 gharials are left in the wilds of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.