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Dr. Roy P. Mackal

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University of Chicago
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Chicago , Illinois 60637
United States

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Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Scientific Advisor
    The LNI
  • Founding Board Member


  • B.A.
    University of Chicago
  • Ph.D.
    University of Chicago
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“Mokele-mbembe� of the Congo | Genesis Park [cached]
Fantastic as it seems, Roy Mackal [University of Chicago] and James Powell believe that this creature, called 'Mokele Mbembe' by the natives, may actually be a dinosaur, perhaps one resembling brontosaurus, which is thought to have died out 70 million years ago. (Anonymous, "Living Dinosaurs," Science-80, vol. 1, November 1980, pp. 6-7.)
Roy Mackal's research regarding the Mokele-mbembe led him deep into the central swamps of the Congo. He returned with a numerous credible reports and a historic footprint photo (left). Dr. Mackal wrote a book entitled Living Dinosaur? about his multiple trips and on page 225 he displays a picture of what he believes the creature looked like (above right). The forbidding
The late Grover Krantz, an anthropologist ... [cached]
The late Grover Krantz, an anthropologist at Washington State University, maintained that even a fuzzy photograph, snapped by an overexcited layperson, can constitute important evidence and should be carefully considered by the scientific community.6 Joseph Gennaro, a biologist at New York University, pointed to the 1977 photo of Champ,7 taken by Sandra Mansi and stated, "The picture was subjected to all kinds of computer noise-elimination techniques to verify that it was not a floating log or a ripple, not turbulence, not wind current, not glare, not a fake-that it was actually a phenomenon that could not be explain by any critics of cryptozoology."8 Dr. Roy Mackal of the University of Chicago was a prominent cryptozoologist.
Mackal wrote the book A Living Dinosaur? In search of Mokele-Mbembe.9
9 MacKal, R.P. 1987. A Living Dinosaur?: In search of Mokele-Mbembe.
The Death of the Mokele-Mbembe Seekers [cached]
With the recent unheralded death of Roy P. Mackal in September 2013, I am reminded of the passing of others who have been associated with Mokele-mbembe expeditions and research. Some of those individuals passed away with little notice and were remembered later, or went suddenly and in their youth. We miss them all, and our continued condolences to their loved ones, colleagues, and families.
Here is a review of that history.
2013: Roy P. Mackal, 88
This year, in September, the well-known Loch Ness Monster and Mokele-mbembe researcher, former University of Chicago professor Roy P. Mackal died at age 88. No one was aware of his death in the cryptozoology community or the general media. I was the first to note his death on CryptoZooNews on December 15th. Mackal obit.
His role in Baby was based loosely on Dr. Roy Mackal. McGoohan obit.
It was Reverend Eugene Thomas who first told James Powell and Dr. Roy Mackal that pygmies in 1959 said they had killed a Mokele-mbembe.
Greenwell accompanied Roy Mackal on his second Mokele-mbembe expedition to Lake Tele in the Congo.
Roy Mackal is gone now, but remaining strong and healthy are John Kirk, Bill Gibbons, Milt Marcy, Peter Beach, Rob Mullin, and other individuals linked to past recent Mokele-mbembe expeditions.
Footnote: More information is required on the long ago death of Marie Therese Womack, the expedition photographer for Roy Mackal on an early Mokele-mbembe quest.
Furthermore, M. Justin Wilkinson, who accompanied Mackal in 1981, may have died recently.
At Loch Ness Dinsdale, Holiday, Rines and now Mackal.
Who's seen a Dinosaur? in Cryptozoology Forum [cached]
Scientist Roy Mackal of the University of Chicago,
and in harmony with Dr. Mackal's information from the Congo.
Loch Ness Monster - [cached]
Some of the scientific community, as represented by Roy Mackal, a director of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau and a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Chicago concludes that "a population of moderate-sized, piscivorous aquatic animals is inhabiting Loch Ness. In his 1976 book, "The Monsters of Loch Ness," he thoroughly examines all of the evidence of this unknown species of animal with a critical eye, and still comes to this conclusion.
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