It is Thursday and that means it is time for another cryptid! This time we’ll look at a creature said to lurk deep in the swamps of Congo. Today’s monster is Mokele Mbembe!
Mokele Mbembe means “The one who stops the flow of rivers” in the Lingala language. The name refers to the size of the beast and its aquatic tendencies. The first accounts of the creature seem to have reached the West in 1776. Since then numerous expeditions have been to the near inaccessible jungle swamps. None of the expeditions have revealed any solid proof for the creature’s existence though a lot of eyewitness reports exist. But some footprints have actually been found and some sightings have been seen during some of these expeditions!
The Mokele Mbembe is said to resemble a “small” sauropod dinosaur, the kind of dinosaur with a long neck. The problem with this claim is of course that dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years. So if the Mokele Mbembe is a descendant of the sauropods of the Mesozoic then why haven’t there been fossils found of dinosaurs younger than approximately 65 million years?
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