10 Massive Prehistoric Animals That Could Tear Your Face Off

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5. Glyptodon

Massive prehistoric animals that would gobble you up.

One of the strangest prehistoric creatures, the Glyptodon was essentially a two-ton armadillo the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Scientists believe that their enormous bone-plated tails were used for offensive attack rather than defense. It is thought that males would duke it out, whipping their giant tails at each other vying for territory and mates. Native to South America, the Glyptodon was hunted to extinction for food and its massive shell which was used for shelter.

4. Indricotherium

Massive prehistoric animals that would easily eat you alive.

This hornless giant rhinoceros is one of the largest terrestrial mammals to have ever walked the earth. These enormous beasts weighed around 20 tons (18143.7 kgs) and was up to 30 feet long (9.1 metres) which dwarfs today’s modern elephants. Existing some 34 to 23 million years ago these lumbering giants would have been relatively peaceful, although their great size gave them protection against predators.

3. Megalodon

Massive prehistoric animals that would kill you.

Arguably the most frightening of all prehistoric animals, the Megaladon was essentially a Great White Shark that weighed up to 10,000 pounds (4535 kgs) and reached lengths of over 65 feet (19.8 metres). Existing between 15.9 and 2.6 million years ago these megafauna would have stalked subtropical and temperate oceans, some even inhabiting shallow coastal regions and swampy lagoons. These bad boys were so large they would have hunted whales for food. Evidence suggests that the Megaladon was a strategic hunter, often ramming its prey at high speeds before targeting bony areas such as the rib cage and upper spine, biting these points to rupture vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

2. Megatherium

massive prehistoric animals that existed a long time ago.

The giant land sloth which was primarily found in South America was the size of an elephant, some reaching lengths of up to 20 feet long (6 metres). Being a sloth, many believed that its giant claws were used to climb trees however a later hypothesis suggests they were used to dig enormous burrows – imagine elephant sized tunnels! The last of the species died out around 7,000 to 8,000 years ago when humans first started settling in the area.

1. Phorusrhacidae

Massive prehistoric animals that would eat you.

Also called Terror Birds, these massive flightless birds stood up to 10 feet tall (3 metres) and were carnivores preying primarily on large mammals. Their curved beak suggests that they would have torn flesh from bone, crushed their prey with violent pecking motions and even swallowed them whole. Most of their species died out about two million years ago, but some made it to the end of the last ice age. Some fossil findings in Uruguay suggest this terror bird may have existed as close as 17,000 years ago but this claim is debated.

So there’s our countdown of massive prehistoric animals. Did this top 10 list miss any noteworthy creatures? If so, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.