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Mokele-mbembe by stvnhthr Mokele-mbembe by stvnhthr
In the jungles of the African countries of Congo, Cameroon, and Gabon are reports of an animal with a long neck, a long tail, and rounded shape tracks with three claws. The closest known animal that has these characteristics is a sauropod dinosaur.

When some of the local people of the Likouala region would draw in the dirt or sand a representation of Mokele-mbembe they drew the shape of a sauropod dinosaur. Then when they were shown a picture of a sauropod dinosaur they said that picture is Mokele-mbembe.

Mokele-mbembe means "One that stops the flow of rivers." French priest in the region called it "monstrous animal."
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masonday Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
AtarahDerek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
What medium did you use to make this? It looks like it was done digitally to me, but it's categorized as traditional art.
stvnhthr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Nope, I still do all my drawing by hand. Can't quite swing the wacom for sketching yet.
Alexisluffsyou Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009   Photographer
Reminds me of the Land Before Time. =D
Koobine Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
Mokele mbembe is one of my favourite cryptids. I used to think the evidence for it was pretty airtight... until I woke up and realised most of said "evidence" was just Creationist bullshit. xp

If the Mokele mbembe *does* exist, it probably isn't a living sauropod. Sauropods had five claws on each foot, not three. Furthermore, the idea of sauropods living in rivers and swamps is a very outdated one- they were strictly land lubbers, like elephants or giraffes. Also, many descriptions of the Mokele describe it with tusks, or horns, or rooster-like combs or crests- features that sauropods didn't have. Alternate explainations for the Mokele include old, over-embellished elephant or rhinoceros descriptions, or more fanciful explainations such as some kind of exteremely derived crocodillian or monitor lizard.

While some of the natives assert that the Mokele is real (probably to swindle stupid white men), many others assert that it's a fictional creature. It'd be nifty if they *did* find the Mokele mbembe, and it would be cool if it was a relict sauropod or some other bizarre critter, but after re-examining the evidence, I think the Mokele mbembe probably doesn't exist.
Octagonapus97 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013

While a agree, I don't think the fact that "sauropods didn't have" those features necessarily means the Mokele can't be a sauropod. 65 million years is a long time to evolve.


Also, elephants are virtually semiaquatic.

Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Student General Artist
Very awesome picture. You should do more of these, such as Emela-Ntouka, Ngoubou, Kongamato ect.
stvnhthr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
I've already drawn Emela-Ntouka and Kongamato, I guess I never posted them. Let me look around a bit and see what I can do.
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Student General Artist
Thats awesome; I can't wait to see them.
stvnhthr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
Glad you like!
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