03 November 2011
In popular culture Castoroides actually manages to beat Camelops by a mile. While both appear in books, and sometimes in the same book, page 155 of The Cenozoic Era: Age of Mammals for Castoroides and page 114 for Camelops, Camelops does not appear as toys, in videos, documentaries, or anywhere else notable in popular culture. Castoroides, however, shows up in at least one documentary which we saw on Monday. Additionally, Native American tribes from Canada to Massachusetts to the Carolinas still hold myths about giant beavers which more than likely goes back to the fact that the ancestors of these tribes probably encountered the giant beavers when their people initially settled into the Eastern Americas. Given this, it seems likely that some of these myths may not have started out as myths and may have, in fact, been begun as embellished stories or, perhaps a long time ago, been completely true accounts of giant beaver encounters. The myths and supposed modern day sightings are so abundant still that cryptozoologists have placed reports of giant beavers, mainly the variety called "Ogopogo" in British Columbia, Canada, alongside reports of Bigfoot and other animal mysteries.