Archive for “December, 2007”

Mammoth Space-Blast: Sanderson Vindicated

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 13th, 2007

In Ivan T. Sanderson’s 1960 Saturday Evening Post article, “Riddle of the Frozen Giants,” he wrote of his catastrophic astronomical theory to explain the frozen mammoths and frozen wooly rhinos. Sanderson was laughed at for his thoughts. But was he right, after all? Sanderson’s claims were frequently debunked because, among other items, mammoths were supposedly […]

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Croft’s New Glyptodont

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 12th, 2007

The extinct armored mammals known as “glyptodonts” are an intriguing group of giant armadillos. They are found as replicas easily from Schleich (above) labeled simply as Glyptodon, and from Safari (below), as Doedicurus. Bernard Heuvelmans writes in On the Track of Unknown Animals of the discoveries of glyptodont carapaces being used as shelters or for […]

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Thylacine or Mangy Fox?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 12th, 2007

What could be the source of the new sightings of striped mystery animals, detailed below? When is a striped mystery animal seen in Australia not automatically tied to the sightings of Thylacines? Apparently, it was bound to happen in this Year of Mange. You will note in this article the code word “mystery.” But you […]

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MonsterQuest: Mystery Cats

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 12th, 2007

The program took on mangy dogs last week, so tonight it is about the phantom felines. Will the Mystery Cats be more exciting than the Mystery Canids? Will the words Panthera atrox come from the lips of anyone on this program? Will the black dead felid carcass turn out to be only a domestic cat’s, […]

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Bizarre Bigfooter Bedfellows

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 11th, 2007

Janice Carter Coy alleged meeting with the Bigfoot “Fox” in her house’s basement, April 2002. The netherworld of Bigfooters is known to have a few bizarre “marriages” and “divorces.” The unions and break-ups have been well-documented for such strange bedfellows as Peter Byrne and Ray Crowe, Jeff Meldrum and Matt Moneymaker, Tom Biscardi and Ray […]

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Shunka Wars

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 11th, 2007

Lance Foster, myself, and others have looked for the mounted Shunka Warak’in for decades. I’ve written about it in columns, books, and blogs. Finally, after 121 years of it being missing-in-action, the taxidermy mount has surfaced. But guess what? There is a developing tug-of-war over who owns it, which state has the rights to it, […]

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First Film of Long-Eared Jerboa

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 10th, 2007

Long-eared Jerboa (Euchoreutes naso). An “extraordinary” desert creature has been caught on camera for what scientists believe is the first time. The long-eared jerboa, a tiny nocturnal mammal that is dwarfed by its enormous ears, can be found in deserts in Mongolia and China. Zoological Society of London (ZSL) scientist Jonathan Baillie said the footage […]

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Wild People to Cal Gorilla: 1823-1870

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 9th, 2007

Are old records of “wild people” and “gorillas” actually accounts of feral humans, fictional journalistic stories, escaped animals, or unknown hairy hominoids? Or a combination of several situations? You be the judge. The following reports are from Spain, India, Indiana, Missouri, and California. Of all of these, perhaps the only one that is well-known is […]

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Christmas Author Quotation

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 9th, 2007

Lauren Daley writes in the Standard-Times on December 9, 2007, of her recent interview with The Polar Express (1985) author Chris Van Allsburg, 58, of Providence, Rhode Island. Daley mentions a good quotation in Van Allsburg’s 1986 Caldecott Medal-winning acceptance for the now classic Christmas book: “A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch […]

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Women in Cryptozoology: Jan McGirk in Johor

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 8th, 2007

Flashback: Let us trek back to Johor with newswoman Jan McGirk and revisit the Malaysian situation before it got lost in the morass of the photo hoaxing, to the events surrounding the initial finding of the now famed track cast. Jan McGirk, on the right, assists with the casting compound, to mold the footprint she […]

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Replica Cryptia: Cryptid Love

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 8th, 2007

Someone put to good use their cryptid collectible replicas together with music. It is a relaxing video for a slow northern winter weekend. BTW, there is nothing but “free parking” ads, and gaming links at Don’t waste your time going there.

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Giant Spitting Cobra Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 7th, 2007

Richard Leakey has given an excellent quotation for reflection when thinking about the foundation pursuits of cryptozoology. With regard to this new discovery, Leakey has said: “There have to be many other unreported species.” True, indeed. A new giant species of spitting cobra — about 2.6 metres (8.5 feet) long and with enough venom to […]

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New Species Discovered in Ghana

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 7th, 2007

A new species of tickspider (Ricinoides sp. n.). Photo by Piotr Naskrecki (CI) Conservation International has announced findings from their 2006 expedition to Ghana’s Atewa Range Forest Reserve (Atewa) led by CI’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), which include news of nine new species discoveries. The report was released to the public on December 6, 2007. […]

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Dwarf Hippo Fossils Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 7th, 2007

Paleontologists have unearthed an estimated 80 dwarf hippo’ fossils in recent digs at the site just outside the resort of Ayia Napa on Cyprus’ southeastern coast. The dwarf hippopotamuses were herbivores, like their modern cousins, but were only about 2 1/2 feet (0.76 m) tall and 4 feet long (1.21 m). Unlike modern hippos, whose […]

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McGirk Exclusive: Johor and Yeti Prints

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 7th, 2007

As you may recall, British newspaperwoman Jan McGirk has shared exclusives with us before, from the jungles of Johor. Here’s her latest on the new questions about the Johor cast and thoughts on the recent Yeti finds. McGirk’s email is followed, for visual context, by a video from September 5, 2006, of Jonathan Kent’s BBC […]

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