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The Mapinguari (also commonly spelt Mapinguary) is a large cryptid and mythological creature said to live in the Brazilian parts of the Amazon Rainforest in South America. Traditionally described as a giant beast with a single eye and a mouth in its stomach, modern sightings describe an animal much like an extinct ground sloth.

Name etymologyEdit

"Mapinguari" is a Spanish word. The animal has many names throughout various tribes, which usually translate as "the roaring animal" or "the fetid beast", as does the word mapinguari.

Physical appearance and anatomyEdit

Contemporary reports describe a large mammal with shaggy red hair; long arms with large claws; a sloped back; small eyes; and four prominent teeth, among more minor details.

Behaviour and traitsEdit

Modern sightings claim that the Mapinguari is capable of two stances: an ungainly bipedal stance, and a quicker quadrupedal one.

Alleged sightings indicate that the Mapinguari is highly aggressive, charging at anything it perceives as a threat. Modern sightings also would seem to indicate that it stays near herds of wild pigs, or vice versa.

By all accounts, modern and mythological, the Mapinguari smells terrible.

In local mythologyEdit

In the traditional mythology of Amazonian tribes, the Mapinguari is usually a large, hairy creature with big, bat-like ears and only a single eye. Instead of a mouth on its face, it has a large mouth on its waist.

This version of the Mapinguari is something of an "ecological superhero", attacking greedy hunters and people who seek to harm the rainforest.[1]

Sightings and other encountersEdit

=Undated sightingsEdit

2003Edit

2009 Destination Truth investigationEdit

2010 Beast Man investigationEdit

===2011 Man V. Monster investigation]]

Suggested identitiesEdit

MisidentificationEdit

Cultural memoryEdit

Unidentified apeEdit

Relict ground slothEdit

Harvard-educated American ornithologist David C. Oren was the first to propose that the Mapinguari represents a relict ground sloth, in a 1993 paper.

The ground sloths made up four families of sloths, and first evolved in the Eocene, not long after the extinction of the dinosaurs. They flourished in the Pleistocene, with most of them going extinct recently, in the Early Holocene. Some, from small sheep-sized species to the elephantine Megatherium, survived even longer.

OtherEdit

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