animals Extinct Versions Of Cute Animals That Aren't So Cute  

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While you're scouring the web for cute animal pictures, do you ever find yourself wondering just what the heck these little guys evolved from to make them so cute? Honestly, what did these cute animals look like in prehistoric times, before all of the squeal-inducing viral videos and click-bait images that everyone loves so much. Well, the evolutionary track record for some of these totally adorable animals isn't so cute. There's plenty of cute animals who evolved from terrifying monsters. Get to know more their origin stories and you'll see what types of terrifying beasts with whom these fluffy and squeezable animals share a bloodline.

Everyone has to come from somewhere, right? Everyone has a past, even if that past is a prehistoric powerhouse of teeth and claws. Keep scrolling if you're not afraid of your favorite cute animal's coma-causing cuteness being forever tainted by pictures of their cruel and vicious heritage.

Velociraptors And Ducks

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Photo:  YouTube/Wikimedia Commons

Who would have thought the grand design of the vicious velociraptor, and eventually all predatory dinosaurs, would lead to virtually harmless ducks? That's certainly not what this terrible dino thought as it was soaring through its existence as one of the most sophisticated killing machines on the planet. When you narrow down the lineage of carnivorous, predatory dinosaurs, at the end of the line you get your modern bird. Now you know that somewhere inside every cute duckling you see at the park, there is a cold-blooded killer.

Gastornis And Kiwis

Gastornis And Kiwis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Extinct Versions Of Cute Animals That Aren't So Cute
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons/New Zealand Department Of Conservation

Gastornis was a giant carnivorous bird, however, it was also warm blooded and, luckily for other creatures, it couldn't fly. Because these dino-birds could not breed as fast as other mammals when the climate started to change during the Ice Age, they eventually died out and left only the smaller flightless avian creatures in their wake. Smaller creatures like totally adorable kiwis.

T-Rex And Chickens

T-Rex And Chickens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Extinct Versions Of Cute Animals That Aren't So Cute
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons/Photobucket

The T-Rex is probably the most famous and terrible dino of them all. Everyone who has ever seen Jurassic Park knows this very, very well. The king of the lizards. Now, we have the chicken. The fluffy little feather balls that walk around and make little "peep peeps" everywhere they go. Not exactly the same fear-enducing roar of the king of the dinosaurs. 

Andrewsarchus And Sheep

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Photo:  Wikimedia Commons/Imgur

The Andrewsarchus was a truly terrible monster. It was one and a half times the size of a grizzly bear, with a mouth that grew as long as three feet. This fine-tuned killer was probably one of the most powerful and deadly prehistoric predators, but its only living lineage are those of order Artiodactyla, which includes one of the most harmless herbivores on our planet today: the sheep.