Up until around 11,000 years ago, the world was a very different place than what it is today. Countless varieties of giant animals, collectively known as the Pleistocene megafauna, roamed many corners of the title . Sadly, virtually all of this megafauna is now extinct, with Africa really being the only continent which retained a semblance of its former richness. Of course, there were humans around back then who witnessed these animals. Indeed, those people are likely the culprits behind their disappearance. However, it seems very possible that the memory of some of these beasts has been preserved, through long-running oral traditions. First of all, we’ll consider the giant snake Wonambi naracoortensis. It has been proposed that Wonambi naracoortensis may have been the origin of the famous Rainbow Serpent of Aboriginal folklore. In the mythology of many Australian peoples, the Rainbow Serpent is seen as a creator god, a deity who brought life to the barren world, during its primeval, formative period (the Dreamtime).
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