Several beliefs and ideologies exist in this world, which are from different origins. Man as in time created many fictional characters who are usually having strange powers for different purposes. It could be as a stunning character in a fictional tale or a scary entity in a cautionary story. These stories and characters were passed down for several generations to the next, a period which has made blur the actuality of their existence. Since the event of extinction is not foreign to man and there have been countless beings that have been lost to the past, it is not out of possibility that supernatural beings may as well be an extinct species that once roamed this world.
Supernatural beings present in different cultures’ folklore and tales are in their hundreds, plus not many of these scary creatures have a profile as interesting as that of a werewolf. Werewolf literally means man-wolf, and some times it is often called a lycanthrope. It is a human who can turn to a wolf whether intentionally or unintentionally. The shapeshifting is believed to be initiated by strong emotions like anger, while most ideologies hold that werewolves cannot suppress their transition to the wolf state during the full moon.
The phenomenon is caused if a normal is bitten or scratched by a transformed werewolf. However, some schools of thought believe that it is only some werewolves that are capable of turning others to their kind, and these are called Alphas. Like the animal wolf, werewolves usually move in packs and have an alpha as their leader. Werewolf has a long history which is majorly sourced from Europe. The percussion of those that were believed to be werewolves championed in the 15th century stretching to the 18th century, this was believed to be done alongside the popular witch hunting period. Where wolf charmers/riders were the major victims of the persecution, who were believed to be werewolves.
After the period of witch hunting, the odd topic of werewolves gained lots of interest especially in the modern age. And the concept was dearly milked from the production of gothic horror artworks. In modern cinematography, it is common to find werewolf characters not transforming to the usual four-legged wolf. But into a therianthropic hybrid wolf-like creature that stands on its two legs giving it a human stature. Werewolves, real or not, have been given life in our mind by the constant repetition and representation of the creature through different timelines. Yet, since unlike dinosaurs plus other extinct animals have fossil remains that signify their presence in this world, this kind of scientific proof is absent for werewolves, therefore it will be hard to determine if werewolves ever existed.