Mokele-Mbembe: The Living Dinosaur?

By | August 13, 2019

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An artist's concept of the Mokele-mbembe. Source: (

While there may be some debate over exactly how long ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the one thing that is unanimously agreed upon is that they are now extinct. After all, if dinosaurs still existed, everyone would know, right? They are a little too big to hide. So, there is no way that anyone could believe they still exist. Except some people believe exactly that.

A creature called the mokele-mbembe is believed by some to exist in the remote jungles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Similar to Scotland’s legendary Loch Ness Monster, mokele-mbembe is said to resemble the brontosaurus or the Apatosaurus. It is described as being up to thirty-five feet long, with brownish-gray skin, a long neck, and a long tail. Some descriptions claim it also has a single horn. Its diet either consists of elephants, hippos, and crocodiles, or it’s an herbivore.  

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Apatosaurus from Jurassic World Evolution. Source: (

The Congo is no stranger to rumors of incredible creatures. Dr. Roy Mackal, a retired Biologist from the University of Chicago, said the area “gives you a feeling of surviving prehistoric time.” There are stories of giant beasts inhabiting the area which date back as far as the sixteenth century. But the legend of the mokele-mbembe was born quite recently in the twentieth century, its earliest mention being in Carl Hagenbeck’s 1909 book Beasts and Men. While the book merely speculated on the possibility that such a creature might exist deep in the Congo, the Washington Post ran with the story, making the claim that the “Brontosaurus Still Lives.”