At least five separate sightings around the world of mysterious, cryptid-like creatures could have explanations beyond the mythical or supernatural, as some believe they are proof that some dinosaurs survived; Here are three…
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, deep in the remote jungles of central Africa, some believe a dinosaur-like creature still exists, called the mokele-mbembe. According to local legends, this amphibious cryptid has a long, flexible neck, is roughly 35 feet long overall with brownish-gray skin. It is said to live in caves and dig in riverbanks, feeding on large wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, and even elephants, Live Science reports. Reports of the creature reach the masses in 1909 in a book titled “Beasts and Men” by zoologist Carl Hagenbeck. In the book, he speculates sauropods (long-necked dinosaurs such as the Apatosaurus) might still exist in deepest Africa. He made the assumption based on recently discovered dinosaur bones. The Washington Post published a story 1910 announcing that “Brontosaurus Still Lives.” Both of these prompted the cryptozoological legend of mokele-mbembe. Still, hard evidence or genuine first-hand accounts of local natives encountering the beast have failed to provide any scientific proof.
Snakes were around even before dinosaurs arrived. But like dinosaurs – which were used – so were snakes 200 million years ago. The largest snake ever discovered was Titanoboa, an extinct genus which could grow up to 42 feet in length. The 2009 discovery of 28 individual fossils of titanoboa cerrejonensis stunned scientists and forced them to rethink the nature of prehistoric life, with some Smithsonian Magazine reported. An over 40-foot fossil of this gargantuan snake, which weighed over a ton, was found in the low land tropics of northern Columbia, what is now La Guajira. It somewhat resembled a modern-day boa constrictor, but behaved more like today’s water-dwelling anaconda, being the denizen of the swamp and a fearsome predator. Other fossils have been found, dating to around 58 to 60 million years ago.
All this may give a rational explanation for the legend of Yacumama, which means “mother of water” and refers to a gigantic serpent believed to inhabit the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. According to local legend, the Yacumama is believed to be the mother of all creatures of the water. Yacumama was also said to be a fearsome predator, sucking up any living creature that came within 100 steps of its presence.
Could Pterosaurs still exist? It’s one possible explanation of Thunderbirds. Pterosaurs were winged lizards, flying reptiles that existed some 228 two 66 million years ago and the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight.
Reports of gigantic flying birds go back centuries in Native American cultures. However, in more modern times, reports in Pennsylvania stretch back to the 1800s, Pennsylvania Live reports. Some of the more recent sightings made by several Pennsylvanians occurred between 2001 and 2002, in which eyewitnesses described a huge, long-next flying creature resembling a bird, but lacking feathers, UFOHolic reported. Similar sightings occurred in Texas in 1978 in 1972.
The largest known pterosaur was Quetzalcoatlus. A fossil was discovered in Texas in 1971, dated to roughly 68 million years ago, with an estimated 33-foot wingspan. A second site roughly 25 miles away uncovered three skeletons of smaller individuals between 1972 in 1974. Scientists estimate that the largest of these creatures could have a wingspan measuring as much as 39 feet.