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Originally posted by Zane Zackerly
I've been following the story of Mokele Mbembe for years. Supposedly, a dinosaur may have survived deep in the jungles of central Africa.
Natives describe seeing what may be a long-necked dinosaur.
What do you think?
Originally posted by Paresthesia
Yeah... I think this topic has been discussed quite enough, but I think it's a pretty absurd idea. A dinosaur can not live through what made all over dinosaurs extinct, the ice age and then hide itself for millions of years on the continent of Africa. That's just absurd and scientifically impossible. That's pretty much my thoughts on all "dinosaurs living today".
Originally posted by TheHorseChestnut
The Gorilla was believed to be fantasy, even though natives have known their existence for centuries. Who knows what exists in the wilds of the world.
Estimated total species on Planet Earth:
It is estimated there could be
Up to 15 million, or
40 million, or from
5 million to 100 million or
1.4 million to 200 million, or
7 million to 100 million, or
10 million to 100 million
different species on Earth.
In other words,
we don't know how many there have been (some are now extinct) or how many exist.
So far, scientists have only discovered and categorized
approximately 2 million plant and animal species (estimated at 1,770,000).
Imagine the vast number of wondrous and irreplaceable species
that have evolved over millions of years that are yet to be discovered!
But, we may never know how many there are
because many of them will become extinct before being counted and described.
"Walking" Sharks Among 50 New Species Found in Indonesia Reefs
Over 400 species have been newly identified on the island since 1996
52 new species discovered on Borneo Island
11 new species discovered in Vietnam
More Than 100 New Species Discovered In Hawaiian Islands
21 new species found in forest that has kept its secrets since the Ice Age
is an American children-oriented movie made in 1985 where an American couple find a family of surviving Apatosaurs (Brontosaurus) in Central Africa and their struggle to protect them from a greedy scientist and the military. The movie is based on actual rumours about such creatures (called Mokele-mbembe) existing in Africa
Originally posted by merka
How many dinosaurs has really been reported (in a reliable way) by all the explorers of the world in the last 2000 years (and especially the last 200)?
Copied, with permission, a relevant portion of article
In 323 B.C., Alexander the Great and his fighting men reported while in Africa, they were forced to retreat from a huge dragon that was 105 feet long and had eyes the size of a shield. It was apparently worshiped by the locals.
In 1271 AD Marco Polo wrote that dragons were used in China to pull the emperor’s cart on special occasions.
In 500 AD the “father” of written history (Herodotus) wrote that in Arabia he saw many leathery-winged, serpent-like creatures on the shore of the Nile Delta.
In 565 AD, Saint Columba, a missionary from Ireland reported seeing a giant monster in Loch Ness.
While visiting Lucerne, Switzerland in 1619, Christopher Shores reported seeing a giant winged dragon that had a long neck and tail, and large jaws.
Around 722 to 705 the king of Assyria (King Sargon II) was sailing in the Mediterranean Sea when he stated that he saw a sea serpent.
In 1734, highly respected missionary Hans Egede wrote that he saw an enormous sea serpent near Greenland.
In 1848 Captain Peter M’Quhae and the crew of the H. M. S. Daedelus were off the coast of South Africa when they saw a sixty-foot sea serpent for twenty-minutes.
At 10:15 AM, December 7, 1905, zoologists and members of the Zoological Society of London, Nicoll and Meade-Waldo observed a large plesiosaur-like creature off the coast of Brazil. The creature had a large fin on it’s back with a long neck and turtle-like head. The next day the crew of the ship reported seeing a strange creature. Please note that there were several plesiosaur sightings in South America about this time.
In 1907, British Army officer Major Percy Fawcett was commissioned to settle a dispute between Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil concerning borders. While venturing deep into Amazon jungle he encountered an animal which he called a diplodocus. Major Fawcett was regard as a honest, “meticulous recorder of facts.