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Terrifying Creature That Evolved Specifically To Hunt Humans Is The Scariest Thing We’ve Ever Seen

Terrifying Creature That Evolved Specifically To Hunt Humans Is The Scariest Thing We’ve Ever Seen

It doesn’t make a lot of sense that humans were able to make it to the top of the food chain. Unlike alpha predators, humans lack speed, strength, or any natural defenses like sharp horns or powerful claws. We’re actually pretty frail, all things considered.

This begs the question: if people are so easy to catch, then why didn’t any sort of creature evolve to take advantage of that? As it turns out, one did.

You might not know it, but one animal once evolved as a specialist predator on humans—and it is particularly terrifying.

Humans haven’t always been at the top of the food chain. It’s hard to believe considering that we clearly are the dominant species. However, there’s evidence that we were once the preferred prey of a certain species of big cats.

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These large and ferocious felines might look similar to some modern species, but they’re more terrifying. They had extremely powerful jaw muscles that were ideal for tearing through tough strips of meat from their prey. Their mouths were also lined with sharp dagger-like teeth.

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Their teeth weren’t only used to chew through meat, either. What was it about these ancient creatures that made them so well-suited to hunting primitive humans? Well, it all had to do with what else those teeth were used for…

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These fangs were especially good at crushing through bone. The Dinofelis, as they were called, would use their incredible jaw strength to shatter the skulls of the humans that they stalked. This skull-crushing ability made them especially deadly to our ancestors who had to spend hours in the forests hunting their food. The primitive tools they used to obtain their meals were no match for the cats’ speed and muscle power.

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Another deadly aspect of the Dinofelis was how stealthy they were when they hunted. After they sought out their prey, they would slowly creep up and take it by surprise. Many of the primitive humans who were killed never even heard them approaching!

Scientist Bruce Chatwin speculates that it was because of Dinofelis that human beings first invented spears, making defending ourselves against these killer cats a driving force behind human evolution. That’s not the only thing we picked up in response to these huge cats, however…

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It is also believed that human babies’ instinctive fear of big cats evolved because of the threat of Dinofelis, which makes perfect sense when you look at its chompers. Anyone would have feared an animal as aggressive and powerful as this!

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Today, our “predators” look a bit different. It isn’t the big cats we fear, but smaller creatures like mosquitoes who can spread crippling illnesses like malaria, and more recently, the Zika virus. These insects may not be able to crush human skulls like Dinofelis, but the outcome of any of these diseases is equally as unpleasant.

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Another huge cause of death is deadly bacteria, which isn’t even visible to the naked eye. Due to the overuse of antibiotics, many strains have evolved to become stronger and more dangerous to humans than ever before.

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Even though there are plenty of things in the world today that pose a risk to humans, we can take solace in the fact Dinofelis no longer exists. If these predators were still lurking around the forests, no one would ever want to spend time outdoors!

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Author and journalist David Hambling speculates that “our apparently universal fear of silent, night-roaming monsters may be an ancestral memory of the man-eater faced by our cave-dwelling ancestors.” Yikes!

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