10. Spotted Hyena
The spotted hyena dates back to the Upper Paleolithic period. Cave paintings at Chauvet and Lascaux Caves depict these giant mammals. Native to Sub-Saharan Africa, this species originated in Asia and traveled through Europe for roughly 1 million years until the Late Pleistocene era.
Spotted hyenas still exist to this day, and there are between 27,000 and 47,000 on the planet. These mammals travel in packs, and their behavior mimics that of baboons and macaque monkeys. Female hyenas dominate the groups and are built larger than the males. Unfortunately, hyenas have a poor reputation for being dangerous, foolish, and stupid, leading to their survival being jeopardized. Hyenas are carnivorous and predatory. Many people believe them to be scavengers, but that’s not the case. These animals eat their prey efficiently, and they can even digest an animal’s bones.