For 66 million years before our time, the Earth was struck by a space rock 6 miles wide, which moved at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour. The devastating blow was more than two million times more powerful than the Tsar bomb, the largest explosive device ever created by mankind. But it was not the stupid power of hot that killed most of our animal life on the planets. In the period after the impact of the asteroid, the world embraced the flames, shook earthquakes and drowned in emissions from volcanic eruptions.
The unrelenting global acid rain that followed it, combined with atmospheric sunlight blocking sunlight, led to a significant reduction in plant life. As the plant-eaters died, they determined the fall of the entire food chain, quickly causing the disappearance of the hippos that had ruled the planet for more than 160 million years. Dinosaurs disappeared forever. Or were they?
The deepest river in the world is the African Congo, and the surrounding jungle – worlds, the second largest. Modern people have explored only part of the tropical forest in the Congo, so it is pretty clear that there are countless secrets that have yet to be discovered.
Since time immemorial, tribes that make their home in Congolese forests are religiously conveying a legend that makes them tremble. They are reluctant to talk about Mokela Memba, a beast whose name literally means someone who stops the flow of rivers. Members of the tribe who swear by him saw how he describes a terrible creature with an elephant’s body, a long tail and a neck ending in a small head. Although the cryptides feed on plants, they say that they are very territorial and therefore aggressive. Mokele Mbembe prefers to rest with his cumbersome body in deep waters and sometimes roll over and stretch under any boat that dared to cross some of the bends of the river.
This description suits an animal resembling extinct sauropods, such as Diplodocus or Argentinosaurus.
The earliest expedition to go in search of this legendary beast took place in 1776. While the members of the expedition did not find this creature, they returned the imprints of the caster. The circumference of the Mokele Mbembes is measured more than three feet, which further increases the credibility of the idea that this is indeed a dinosaur. Over the next centuries more than 30 official expeditions tried to capture the criptide or its image, but they could neither prove nor reject its existence. All this time the stories about Mokube Memembe still suffer from the fear of the fire in the hearts of those who hear them.
Pterosaurs or winged lizards were common in the world of dinosaurs. Their specialized wings allowed them to overcome enormous distances of the Cretaceous without spending too much effort. The largest pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan the size of a bus and could easily pick up a person and swallow it whole.
In the period from 2001 to 2002, several Pennsylvanians sent reports detailing their encounters with a huge flying creature with a long neck that resembled a bird, but had one key difference: it lacked feathers. The description of the witnesses resembled a wave of observations that occurred in Texas in 1978 and 1982.
Similar observations were recorded halfway around the world, in the Congo Basin, where locals told stories about the existence of their nest on high hills. It is reported that the great pilot had such a bad attitude towards boats and their passengers that he was nicknamed “Kongamato”, which means “Flight of boats”. He was most active at dusk, when he probably went out to feed. Cryptozoologists are convinced that smooth skin and a dense beak are a bright indicator that the animal can be very pterosaur.
The 1988 expedition, which was looking for a mysterious creature, found nothing, except for a quick glance that showed a huge black shadow with white bands sliding at a distance. In short, this was enough to reinforce the idea that the majestic Quetzalcoatlus might not disappear.
No, snakes are violent dinosaurs, but they were already here when the dinosaurs came. And although paleontologists havent were able to find out what the dinosaurs of metabolism are, we know that the snakes glide the same way as 200 million years ago. But they became more and more. Way more.
The largest snake that stirred his body on the surface of the Earth was the Titanoboa cerrejonensis, which is synonymous with 40 feet of pure, constricting terror. This is the largest specimen in accordance with the fossil records found, but we would be completely safe, believing that they can grow even longer.
As it may seem, the South American continent is the birthplace of legends about larger snakes. The dark waters of the Amazons could, in theory, offer them a coating length of more than 150 feet. The locals call the giant snake Yacumama, the Mother of Water. The official sight does not exist, but those who saw it swear in their lives, the animal is real.
The longest recorded Anaconda is measured about 25 feet in length, but it does not even approach the size reported by Yakumamas. If rumors of his existence are true, this snake may be an undisclosed species of Anaconda or even surviving T. cerrejonensis. In any case, it does not seem that he uses publicity so that we can never see him.
Tales of this African cryptid appeared only in recent years, and only by chance. Studying the legends of Mokela Memembe in Cameroon, two cryptozoologists have heard a rumor about another huge beast. Members of the local tribe said that his steps made the earth tremble, and her roar was frightened by predators.
Despite the smaller size, the animal was well-equipped and aggressive enough to fight with rhinoceroses and elephants across the territory. The hunters who collided face to face with Ngubu said that it looked vaguely like a rhino, but there were six horns, arranged in a semicircle around the bony ruffle. You do not need to be Roy Chapman Andrews to find out a dinosaur such as Triceratops (for example, Styracosaurus) when you hear his description.
Cryptozoologists became convinced that they were on to something when they showed images of fellow tribesmen of dinosaurs. When triceratops were shown, the men said that it was like Ngubu, only he had fewer horns. They took this issue very seriously and insisted that they were not mistaken.
Above: Aboriginal painting depicting Burrunjor. Below, a plaster print, restored by the owners of the ranch. Photo: Rex Gilroy
In their heyday, dinosaurs, such as T. rex and Allosaurus, were the best dogs. If they were present, when a person first appeared, this was probably the last. At present, it seems that predators with peaks, such as these guys, are present only in films and our imagination. And do not forget about Australia.
Aborigines from Australia hug around the fire to sing legends about a huge reptile, which is basically a pair of giant jaws walking two feet away. His only drawback is his two tiny arms.
In the 1950s, it seems that this creature has made a leap from legends to reality, when ranchers looking for their missing cattle found their footprints in the mud. The tracks were too large to remain behind any well-known Australian creature, so, naturally, the farmers recoiled from fear when they heard a noise near the river. Ignoring loud, guttural grumblings, one of them decided to investigate, but returned when he saw the silhouette of a giant two-legged lizard disappearing in shaggy bushes.
The next day their missing cattle appeared. Some bite in half, others – less, all very dead. This sounds like an ideal description of the behavior of T. rex.
Oddly enough, such observations as these are far from isolated events. The encounter with scaly and feathered animals resembling dinosaurs comes from many places and times. Legends with the participation of the monster Loch Ness and his Icelandic counterpart Lagarfjordormur date back centuries. Native Americans in modern Canada retell the stories about Ogogo, as their oral history can remember. In the earth’s dark forests and deep oceans, strange things can appear which are frightened-they resemble the Saurus form.
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