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Well then, it has been quite some time, and I mean QUITE some time since I've done anything cryptid-related, but here we are. This is Mokele-mbembe wallowing about in a swamp in the Congo basin. This, and other "living dinosaurs", are more likely to be the result of a combination of misidentification, folk tales, and hoaxes. There is no tangible evidence to suggest that this cryptid is a late-surviving sauropod, or that it even exists. You make up your own mind. Enjoy! ūü¶Ź
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| #Day18 of #Cryptopedia | Living Dinosaurs # 2 - Emela-ntouka and Mbielu-Mbielu-Mbielu |
These two are "living dinosaurs", aka misidentified or fabricated entities. No nonavian dinosaur remains have been found as recent as 66 million years in the fossil record, and these dinosaurs are clearly described in the retrospective pre-50s inaccurate images of dinosaurs. The horned one was Emela-ntouka, while the stegosaur-type one was Mbielu-Mbielu-Mbielu. I will post more on the topic of living dinosaurs in the future, so look forward to that. Tomorrow's cryptid category is the #PhantomCat or #AlienBigCat trope.
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EMELA-NTOUKA #EMELANTOUKA Indeed, the only major discrepancy between the pygmies' description of this cryptid and palaeontological reconstructions of ceratopsians is that the latter dinosaurs bore a huge bony frill around their neck, protecting this otherwise-vulnerable body region from attack by carnivorous dinosaurs, whereas no such frill has been reported for the emela-ntouka. However, if the latter beast is indeed a surviving ceratopsian, it is the product of 64 million years of continued evolution, i.e. from when the most recent fossil ceratopsians died out right up to the present day - a immense period of time during which evolution could readily have engineered the reduction or complete elimination of a frill (especially as such a heavy accoutrement would no longer be needed following the extinction of the mighty carnivorous dinosaurs). Equally interesting is that, as with the mokele-mbembe, reports of creatures resembling the emela-ntouka are not confined to the Congo’s Likouala swamplands. The Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) also has its own counterpart, dubbed the irizima, and there are even reports from as far west as Liberia.Moreover, several notable East African lakes, including Lakes Bangweulu, Mweru, and Tanganyika, as well as the Kafue swamps, are said to be inhabited by a very comparable cryptid known as the chipekwe, which kills hippopotamuses with its horn, but does eat them. Occasionally, one of these aggressive animals has itself been killed by native hunters, but, sadly, no remains have ever been made available for scientific analysis. However, the ivory-like horn is said to be highly prized by them, so perhaps there is a chipekwe horn or two preserved in a local chief’s dwelling somewhere in East or Central Africa and awaiting discovery by a sharp-eyed Western explorer, scientist, or missionary?

EMELA-NTOUKA #EMELANTOUKA The size of an elephant itself, but semi-aquatic, the emela-ntouka is said to have a long heavy tail, four sturdy legs, and, most notable of all, a very long, sharp horn borne upon its snout. On first sight, this cryptid sounds like some form of rhinoceros. However, its long heavy tail differs dramatically from the short, lightweight version possessed by all known rhino species. So too does its horn, for whereas those of rhinoceroses are nothing more than masses of compressed hair, according to native testimony the emela-ntouka‚Äôs is said to resemble the ivory tusk of an elephant. As ivory is only associated with tusks and teeth, not horns, however, it is probable that if the pygmies' claim about it is correct, the emela-ntouka's horn is composed of bone. Its behaviour is also very distinctive. Although wholly herbivorous, the emela-ntouka is claimed to be extremely belligerent, so much so that if even something as mighty as an elephant or buffalo enters a lake in which one of these creatures is residing, the latter will not hesitate to attack the intruder - stabbing and disembowelling its hapless victim with its formidable snout-horn. Following his own investigations of this extraordinary beast, Mackal proposed, albeit cautiously, that it may actually be a surviving ceratopsian or horned dinosaur ‚Äď i.e. belonging to a group of huge herbivorous dinosaurs that included such prehistoric stalwarts as¬†Triceratops¬†andStyracosaurus. Many ceratopsians possessed more than one horn, but at least one famous example,¬†Centrosaurus¬†(formerly calledMonoclonius), bore only a single horn, at the end of its nose ‚Äď and reconstructions ofCentrosaurus¬†certainly recall descriptions of the emela-ntouka. Moreover, because the horns of ceratopsians were true horns (composed of bone), not compressed hair, they may well have resembled ivory, just like the emela-ntouka‚Äôs; and all ceratopsians had long heavy tails, providing yet another match with the emela-ntouka.

EMELA-NTOUKA #EMELANTOUKA I've been promising ShukerNature readers for almost a year now that I'd write up this fascinating discovery and post it ‚Äď so now I have done, and here it is!

A little over 30 years ago, the most famous creatures of cryptozoology were Nessie, the yeti, a sundry array of sea serpents, and the North American bigfoot. In 1982, however, following his return to the USA in December 1981 at the end of the second of two expeditions to the People‚Äôs Republic of the Congo (formerly the French Congo), veteran American cryptozoologist Prof. Roy P. Mackal revealed to an astonished media and general public that the elusive swamp monster that he had been searching for in the Congo may conceivably be a living dinosaur! A new cryptozoological star had been born ‚Äď an elusive long-necked mystery beast bearing an extraordinary outward resemblance to a sauropod, and known to the local Congolese pygmies as the mokele-mbembe. But this wasn't the only Congolese cryptid that Mackal's team had learnt about during their forays there. Less familiar but definitely no less interesting was a second major mystery beast claimed by the pygmies to inhabit that country's vast Likouala swamplands ‚Äď a truly extraordinary (and exceedingly formidable) horned creature known to them as the emela-ntouka, or ‚Äėkiller of elephants‚Äô. Reconstruction of the emela-ntouka (¬© David Miller under the instruction of Prof. Roy P. Mackal)

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Origin: Central Africa

The emela-ntouka is a legendary creature in the mythology of African Pygmy tribes. It's name means 'killer of elephants' in the Lingala language. It's described as being the size of an African bush elephant, brownish to gray in color, with a heavy tail, reptilian, with a long horn on its snout, and four stumpy legs. It's rumored to inhabit the vast shallow waters in swamps and lakes of the Congo River.
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