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10 Modern-Day Animals That Look Like Dinosaurs

Cassowary: This large flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea has a bony casque on its head, similar to some dinosaur species.

Tuatara: Found in New Zealand, the tuatara resembles a lizard but is actually a distinct lineage of reptiles that dates back to the time of dinosaurs.

Komodo Dragon: The largest lizard species, found in Indonesia, has a similar appearance to some small theropod dinosaurs.

Frilled Lizard: This Australian lizard can expand a frill around its neck, resembling the frills of some dinosaur species like Dilophosaurus.

Shoebill: Native to East Africa, this large bird has a unique beak shape that has been compared to prehistoric pterosaurs.

Horseshoe Crab: These marine arthropods have a hard, helmet-like shell and a long, spiky tail, giving them a prehistoric appearance.

Snapping Turtle: Found in North America, this turtle species has a large head, powerful jaws, and a spiky shell, resembling some ancient turtle species.

Gharial: Native to the Indian subcontinent, this fish-eating crocodilian has a long, thin snout lined with sharp teeth, similar to some ancient crocodilian species.

Goblin Shark: This deep-sea shark has a distinctive elongated snout and protruding jaws, giving it a somewhat prehistoric appearance.

Giant Salamander: This large amphibian, found in China, has a primitive appearance with a broad head and stout body, reminiscent of ancient amphibians.