Ancient creatures that continue to prowl the planet

in question actually existing in a far-off time period—it could as well have happened on an alien planet 

—but other times it's just the product of human imagination. The number of organisms that coexisted with humans hundreds of millions 

The Indonesian Komodo dragon is among the most well-known relics from a time when Earth was home to reptiles 

They have existed for about four million years and are currently the largest lizards on the planet. 

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The enormous shoebill stork has a remarkably unusual profile. Unlike most of their stork and waterbird relatives 

, these birds can hunt larger prey thanks to their enormous beaks.  

The tyrannosaurus rex and shoebills' progenitors belong to the same order of animals 

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