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Gauarge

The gauarge or gowargay was a cryptid reported from southeastern Australia, usually considered a neodinosaur. A "water emu," it was described as a featherless or giant emu which lived near water holes, in which it drowns bathers with whirlpools. According to Yuwaalaraay mythology, it is the child of either the kurreah or the .

Bernard Heuvelmans suggested that the "featherless emu" description is reminiscent of an ornithomimosaur dinosaur such as Struthiomimus. However, it is now believed that these dinosaurs had feathers: based on fossil evidence, Ornithomimus is known, and Deinocheirus and Pelecanimimus are suspected, to have been feathered. They are also not currently believed to have been semi-aquatic. Alternatively, it is suggested that the gauarge may be a mythical creature inspired by the discovery of theropod dinosaur fossils.

Dale A. Drinnon, arguing that its size is its distinguishing characteristic, proposes as a better identity a surviving Dromornis, a large Australian mihirung known from Pliocene remains, a theory he also suggests for certain long-necked bunyip sightings. One mihirung, Genyornis newtoni, is known to have survived until the Late Pleistocene.

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