Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 30th, 2010
AOL has picked the stories in cryptozoology which they find are the tops for 2010. Compiled by contributor Lee Speigel, he introduces his list, thusly:
“Monsters: They lurk in our fears, our imaginations, and sometimes, in our lakes and forests.
Sea serpents; tall, hairy creatures; unicorns; blood-sucking doglike animals — they’ve all been in the news this year. They’re either real, myth or simply new and previously unknown beasts that share the world with humans and come under the category of cryptozoology: the study of hidden or unknown animals.
Here’s a look back at some of the more interesting cryptozoology stories that we covered in 2010.”
The top stories, several of which were first noted at Cryptomundo, included:
1) Loch Ness Monster history discovery that in the 1930s, officials tried to get the Scottish government to protect and defend the “monster” known as Nessie.
2) The finding of a mammal known as the saola, dubbed the “Asian unicorn.”
• Chinese ‘Unicorn Cow’ Horns In on Fame
3) The Bigfoot sighting on a North Carolina mountaintop property of the creature reportedly was covered in yellow hair.
• China Hunting for Dollars to Hunt Bigfoot
4) The breaking news that the cuddly looking red panda was found as fossils at the Gray Fossil site in Tennessee.
5) Finally, AOL declared it was “Chupacabra: Year of the Goat Sucker,” for numerous reports in different states included photographs of strange-looking hairless beasts with shriveled skin.
For the full article, see here.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.