Authorities in Chile are puzzled after a number of motorists reported seeing strange creatures resembling dinosaur kangaroos.

According to UOL Noticias Populares, the reports describe creatures more than two metres tall on a road north of Santiago.

The sightings were registered on different days by people who had driven along the road linking Iquique and Arica, through the Atacama Desert.

One witness, Hernan Cuevas, said: "A weird animal looking like a dinosaur with two legs and huge thighs crossed the road in front of my car."

"It is not uncommon for people to see strange things near the desert," said a police spokesperson.

"But it is the first time that so many people have come forward seeing the same things at the same time, so we are intrigued." - Ananova.com