What on Earth (part 3)

Our planet is full of secrets and we would be fools to believe we know everything about this ball of rock we call home. Crocodiles, alligators and sharks have evolved very little since the age of the dinosaurs. In many ways these creatures can actually be considered dinosaurs. Many believe some dinosaurs to be the ancestors of birds, in which case, you might have fed breadcrumbs to flying dinosaurs.

It was French missionaries in west-central Africa back in 1776 who first mentioned the legendary creature known as Mokele-mbembe. It was described as being a sauropod-like beast with a long neck, small head, bulky body and snaking tail. Since then there have been numerous sighting reports from the swampy, remote Likouala region of the Congo.

In 1980 and 1981, University of Chicago biologist, Roy P. Mackal led two expeditions to the area. Neither expedition produced any sightings, although Mackal and his team interviewed a number of native witnesses. The creatures were said to live in the swamps and rivers and a band of pygmies had supposedly killed one at Lake Tele back in 1959.

In Australia, local Aboriginals talk about a giant lizard that roams the rainforests roughly 40,000 years after scientists say it became extinct. This reptile is known to science as Megalania prisca and was/is at least two times the size of today’s Komodo dragon. Over the last 30 or so years there have been many reports of unexplained and mysterious, human disappearances within the rainforests. Although a full fossil skeleton of this creature has never been found, a farmer in Queensland, Australia found bones of the prehistoric creature in his fields. When tested, the bones turned out to be no more than 300 years old.

Enough of dinosaurs though, the world is full of other equally fascinating mysteries. How about the Bigfoot mystery? That’s a good one. People have been reporting strange sightings for hundreds of years. So if you happen to see a hair-covered, man-like animal standing at about 7-10 feet tall and weighing around 500 pounds, at least you will know what you are looking at. On second thoughts, it might be wise to just run!

What about El Chupacabra- the goat sucker. This creature is mostly associated with Latin American communities and is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with thick rows of spines reaching from its neck to the base of its tail. Apparently, it attacks animals and sucks them dry of blood- especially goats.

That’s all for now  until next time with part 4 ~