Trapped deep underneath the surface and left to evolve in isolation for thousands of years, cave animals are some of nature's most bizarre and fascinating creatures. Scientists call them "troglobites," and some species are so rare that they consist of a handful of individuals in a single cave.
This is evolution at its most extreme, but troglobites are more common than you might think. Any time a new cavern is discovered, penetrated and explored, there's the potential of finding a new species. Here's our list of 10 incredible cave animals that have evolved to live in the darkness. (Text: Bryan Nelson)
Cave dwelling creature fans should check out the premiere of MONSTERS UNDERGROUND on Destination America on Friday, August 22nd at 10/9c.
The first episode will follow a team of four hunters into Volcano Caverns in Flagstaff, Arizona, as they search for the reptilian/bat “cave demon” known as the Olitiau.
Future episodes will explore the dangerous caves of the American Southwest in search of cryptids including the Aswang, Mapinguari, Subterralien, and more.
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