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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Mokèlé-mbèmbé-Congo River cryptid

-the name given to a large creature reported to live in the lakes and swamps of the Congo River
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-the term "Mokèlé-mbèmbé" comes from the Lingala language
-can be roughly translated as "one from stops the flow of rivers".(Clark, 261)
-the creature's very existence and identification have long been debated between mainstream scientists, local Pygmies, creationists and cryptozoologists
- Most controversially, it has been suggested that the creature might be a relict sauropod which somehow survived extinction
-This idea has seen very little attention or support from scientists, who tend to argue that the creature can be best explained as some combination of fraud, folklore and misidentification of other animals
-for more information, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokele_mbembe

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