Awe-inducing creatures like mastodons, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and even dire wolves have sadly gone extinct since the last ice age ended about 11,700 years ago. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck in seeing prehistoric creatures today. There are still plenty of wildlife species that predate recorded history, and that exist in the same forms they did when they roamed with our loincloth-clad ancestors.

Wherever you see them, these ancient animals — some of which might surprise you — are sure to inspire wonder.

Some of which are:

Gharial

It should come as no surprise that this extraordinary crocodilian creature is prehistoric.

It should come as no surprise that this extraordinary crocodilian creature is prehistoric.

Echidna

These unique ancient mammals actually lay eggs.

These unique ancient mammals actually lay eggs.

Musk Oxen

Musk oxen are most readily found in a small Alaskan town.

Musk oxen are most readily found in a small Alaskan town.

Shoebill Stork

The shoebill stork is very old and very weird, in a very cool way.

The shoebill stork is very old and very weird, in a very cool way.

Komodo Dragon

You don't want to get too close to the amazing Komodo dragon; its bite is venomous.You don’t want to get too close to the amazing Komodo dragon; its bite is venomous.

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