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Is There a Real Possibility That Dinosaurs are Still Alive?

Is there a Possibility that Dinosaurs are Still Alive?
So, are dinosaurs alive? Before we actually get to bursting the proverbial bubble, we need to understand why dinosaurs in their original avatar can't possibly be alive today. The path we've chosen to assert this happens to be based on evidence and logical thinking. AnimalSake attempts to clear the air on purported dinosaur sightings, and why they could be the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding.
AnimalSake Staff
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
"Whenever you can't balance what you see with what you believe you have conflict."
―Shannon L. Alder
Steven Spielberg's blockbuster, Jurassic Park released in 1993, and thus began the average person's unbridled fascination with all things dinosaur. Yes, we'd read about them in school, we'd even seen their reconstructed version in museums, but never before had we imagined a world where humans and dinosaurs would coexist.

The term 'dinosaur' refers to several types of extinct prehistoric animals which lived 230 to 65 million years ago. A comet/asteroid colliding with the earth, known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event signaled the end of the Mesozoic Era, and is believed to be the primary cause of their extinction.
The extinction of dinosaurs has always been a hot topic of debate―with some scientists believing that a few dinosaur species survived the Cretaceous-Paleogene event, living well into the Cenozoic Era that began 65 million years ago, and continues to this day.

Till date, several fossils have been unearthed, which support the theory that present-day birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs which lived during the Mesozoic Era. They are indeed considered to be a subgroup of dinosaurs by many paleontologists. Thus, it wouldn't be too far-fetched to say that on a purely technical basis, dinosaurs did survive the Cretaceous-Paleogene event―they have evolved in line with natural progression of species.
Birds have a lot in common with the dinosaurs of yore. Also, you'd be surprised to know the alarming number of similarities between birds and modern-day reptiles. In fact, it has been widely accepted that birds indeed belong to a subgroup of theropod dinosaurs, sharing many features such as the presence of a furcula, air-filled bones enabling flight, and egg-laying and nesting behavior.
Sadly―no, wait―thankfully, none of those humongous creatures have survived to this day, and it all seems fair, doesn't it? As much as you'd want a Hollywood-esque rebirth of the species using the blood of a mosquito trapped in fossilized amber, it's not really happening. But, don't feel let down as yet―illustrious minds of our times, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Michael Crichton have envisioned a world where humans have chanced upon an encounter with live dinosaurs in hitherto unexplored regions of the world, like the dense forests of Central Africa or somewhere deep in the Amazon.

While Michael Crichton made his millions being the writer of Jurassic Park as well as its sequel, Mr. Doyle was known to believe in the existence of fairies. So, go figure.
Cryptozoology is a movement (a branch of pseudoscience, if you please) dedicated to finding animals whose existence is clearly open to debate. In all the instances put up by cryptozoologists so far, most of the evidence has been exclusively circumstantial and anecdotal―with no conclusive proof thereof.
We're listing a couple of examples -
Ever since the late 1800s, several purported sightings of dinosaur-like species began to be reported. Among these, the Mokele Mbembe was the most talked-about creature, alleged to be a sauropod. Several expeditions were sent to the region around Lake Tele in Congo, the place where the creature was sighted by local tribes. Solid evidence like a proven sighting, DNA, or any relic signifying the creature's presence remained elusive.
The Nguma-monene is described to be a large lizard with a serrated ridge on its back, quite like the spinosaurid. It inhabits a tributary of the Ubangi in the Republic of the Congo. Reports describing the creature vary―with some saying that it is quite snake-like in appearance, whereas others confirming it to be resembling a lizard. While there is speculation that it maybe a yet-undiscovered species of crocodile, the lack of conclusive evidence of the creature's existence has halted any further progress regarding its identification.
... that dinosaurs or no dinosaurs, any living being on this vast planet deserves to be identified and understood. Mocking another man's opinion, be it scientific or otherwise, has always been the hallmark of human nature; a trait which is as old as civilization itself. To gain a deeper and better understanding of our planet, we need to open our minds to each and every possibility that exists―however bizarre it may be.

It is said that with the vast scientific progress we've made so far, we're now more knowledgeable about the outer solar system than our own oceans. There is an overwhelming stockpile of things we are yet to discover about our very own planet. Therefore, however far-fetched it may seem at the moment, it won't be prudent to entirely dismiss this theory, unless conclusive evidence comes forth.