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10 Lake Monsters That Arenít Just Nessie Rip-Offs

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« on: March 05, 2016, 05:48:41 pm »





8 Emela-Ntouka

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Photo credit: Tim Bertelink

Emela-ntouka means “elephant killer” in the Lingala language of Central Africa. The creature is allegedly an elephant-sized uniceratops that stomps around the lakes and rivers of the Congo River basin. It sounds exactly like a rhino but much larger and with better horns than any rhinoceros on Earth.

The emela-ntouka belongs to a group of theoretical living dinosaurs that are often said to inhabit Africa as well as Western imaginations. Cryptozoologists think that this elephant killer might be an extant ceratopsid that’s like a triceratops without a ridge on its head.

However, ceratopsid fossils are found in North America. That makes the Congo a weird place for that kind of living fossil to roam. If there ever was an emela-ntouka, it was probably just the great white buffalo version of a rhino. If that’s the case, there may be a easy explanation as to where the emela-ntouka went.
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