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The J̌irmu or Uču is a giant carnivorous creature that was feared by all the tribes of the Great Andamanese [1]. It was believed to kill any creature that it encountered in its path. It was reported by the Great Andamanese to have a call sounding like "dire" [1].

Accounts by Early Explorers[]

Throughout the Great Andaman there is a belief in a huge animal that haunts the jungles... In the North Andaman this beast is called J̌irmu. It attacked and killed any men and women who came in its way. In the A-Pučikwar language it is called Uču... The Uču are [reported to be] there to this day.

J̌irmu forest

Artist's rendering of J̌irmu with a green fluorescent collar (similar to that of Wilson's bird-of-paradise) with eyespots similar to that of peafowl.

The Great Andamanese reported that the J̌irmu still lived amongst them [1]. When the British first introduced elephants to the islands during the late 19th/early 20th, the Andamanese feared them as J̌irmu [1] An issue is there would need to be pretty good fossil evidence of Non avian dinosaurs surviving the KPG extinction, like the fossil of the possible late Paleocene Coelocanth.

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A.R.,Radcliffe-Brown. Myths and Legends of the Andamans. The University press, 1922. Pg 225-226 isbn=1296034577
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