A neodinosaur is a type of cryptid including animals which are reportedly "remarkably dinosaurian in alleged appearance". Sauropod dinosaurs are the most common kind of dinosaur compared to such cryptids, but neodinosaurs compared to ceratopsians, iguanodonts, and theropods have also been reported. The most famous examples are the neodinosaurs of Central and West Africa, but neodinosaurs have also been reported, with varying degrees of frequency and plausibility, from every continent except Antarctica. The term was coined by Ivan T. Sanderson in 1969.
As neodinosaurs, especially long-necked ones, are often reported from freshwater swamps, lakes, and rivers, the Coleman-Huyghe system of sea serpent and lake monster classification includes dinosauria as a type of aquatic cryptid. Although many other theories regarding these neodinosaurs' identities have been discussed, the term neodinosaurs is often applied to them because of their at least superficial similarity to true dinosaurs, and because they are "so commonly aligned with [dinosaurs] in the cryptozoological literature".
Neodinosaurs by geography
Notes and references
- Shuker, Karl P. N. (2016) Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot?, Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 978-1616463908
- Shuker, Karl "Living Dinosaurs in Africa? Seeking the Mokele-Mbembe," Practical Reptile Keeping, No. 76 (July 2015)
- Heuvelmans, Bernard (1978) Les Derniers Dragons d'Afrique, Plon, ISBN 978-2259003872