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Abominable Science!Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids$
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Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.001.0001

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Mokele Mbembe

Mokele Mbembe

The Congo Dinosaur

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(p.260) 6 Mokele Mbembe
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Abominable Science!
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Daniel Loxton

Donald R. Prothero

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.003.0006

This chapter examines the Mokele Mbembe. Although not as well publicized as those of Bigfoot, Nessie, and the Yeti, the legends of Mokele Mbembe, the alleged dinosaur of the Congo, have a long history. The name is said to come from the Lingala language, and is usually translated as “one who stops the flow of rivers.” The Mokele Mbembe is envisioned as a sauropod the size of an elephant, with a long neck, no hair, and a long tail. Its skin is reddish brown, brown, or gray, depending on the report. It is said to live in the deeper water of the lakes in the Congo Basin and in the deep channels in the cut banks of the rivers. Some descriptions suggest that it has pillar-like legs, and leaves tracks with a three-clawed foot impression, although other accounts differ about its trackways.

Keywords:   Mokele Mbembe, dinosaur, Congo, sauropod, Congo Basin

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