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Hobbit Hoax Claim: “Complete Lunacy”

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 28th, 2008

You may have heard that recently the Hobbit fossils, technically Homo floresiensis, were in the news due to the remarkable claim that they were hoaxes because the teeth showed dental work. What was incredible, as I read this, was that this new debunking was done on the basis of the skeptic’s visual examination of only […]

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Hobbits Walk Was Distinctive

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 16th, 2008

Tolkien’s hobbits walked an awful long way, but the real “hobbit”, Homo floresiensis, would not have got far. Its flat, clown-like feet probably limited its speed to what we would consider a stroll, and kept its travels short, says Bill Jungers, an anthropologist at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. “It’s never […]

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The Hobbit Hunt

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 12th, 2008

The discovery that Homo floresiensis survived until so very recently, in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as Yetis are founded on grains of truth….Now, cryptozoology, the study of such fabulous creatures, can come in from the cold.Henry Gee, editor of Nature, “Flores, God and Cryptozoology,” 2004 […]

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Micronesian Fossil Pygmies Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 10th, 2008

Breaking news out of Micronesia appears to confirm both the notion that Homo floresiensis were “normal” and that “little people” tales are worthy of pursuing for more fossil evidence. Since the reporting of the so-called “hobbit” fossil from the island of Flores in Indonesia, debate has raged as to whether these remains are of modern […]

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Hobbits Debate Heats Up

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 5th, 2008

The Homo floresiensis debate has been reenergized again with the publication of a new paper in the journal Proc. R. Soc. B doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.1488. The following is a clickable link to the full paper, the abstract of which is below the link. Are the small human-like fossils found on Flores human endemic cretins? by Peter J. […]

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Hobbits At Harvard

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 3rd, 2008

The discovery that Homo floresiensis survived until so very recently, in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as Yetis are founded on grains of truth….Now, cryptozoology, the study of such fabulous creatures, can come in from the cold.Henry Gee, editor of Nature, “Flores, God and Cryptozoology,” 2004 […]

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A Passion For Field Guides: Updated

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 23rd, 2008

Look, to be honest, I love field guides. I don’t merely have a shelf of field guides. I literally have a bookcase full of them, over a hundred different titles. With more in storage. I have such a passion for them, I wrote a couple and am planning on more. But what do we do […]

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Mini-Fossils: Flying Reptile & Island Dino

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 12th, 2008

Perhaps they all owned iPods Nanos? Small cute fossil finds pointing to pygmy versions of extinct forms appear to be in the news lately. Being tiny goes back a long way. A new fossil species of flying reptile with a wingspan of less than a foot across (30cm) has been discovered in China. The nearly […]

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New Alux Sighting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 19th, 2008

Alux hominids are Proto-Pygmies. The Aluxob (plural Maya) are seen in the Yucatan, Mexico, mostly by the Mayans, but sometimes by Mexicans and United States tourists, quite regularly. People in the Yucatan see the Aluxob, and when I was there in the 1980s, I was able to interview informants (mostly Mayans) who had firsthand sightings. […]

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Monster Quest ~ The Real Hobbit + DSD ~ Loch Ness

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 16th, 2008

Monster Quest: The Real Hobbit Travel to the interior of Sumatra, in Indonesia, in a search for what locals call the Orang Pendak [sic], translated as: Man of the Woods. In 2004 skeletal remains were found on the neighboring island of Flores and named “the Real Hobbit.” Could Orang Pendak [sic], with its human face, […]

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Hobbits, Ebu Gogo, and Orang Pendek

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 15th, 2008

History Channel’s “MonsterQuest” is going to be investigating the socalled “real Hobbits” in their episode premiering on January 16th, 2008, at 10PM ET. The official summary of the program notes: “A MonsterQuest expedition will deploy researchers and the latest technology into the jungle, searching for evidence of a creature natives describe as half man, half […]

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Six Hours of Cryptozoology TV

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 7th, 2008

TV Alert There really should be a “Cryptozoology Channel” on cable television, but until that happens, you can find great nights like tonight, Monday, January 7, 2008, and overnight into Tuesday. For six hours tonight, three cryptozoology-oriented programs on the Hobbit, Sasquatch, and Champ will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel. Here is the evening […]

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Hobbits Foe Teuku Jacob Has Died

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 20th, 2007

I have learned, belatedly, of the death a month ago of the major critic of the separate uniqueness of the Homo floresiensis species. Professor Teuku Jacob (December 6, 1929 – October 17, 2007) of the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Java, has died. One of the main arguments from Homo floresiensis debunker Teuku Jacob had […]

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Cryptid: Code Beyond Cryptozoology

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 5th, 2007

The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts held their Twenty-First Annual Conference in Portland, Maine, on November 1-4, 2007. It was called SLSA ’07: CODE. The conference was intellectually stimulating and extremely academic. One paper read told of ground-breaking implications for cryptozoology, as the term “cryptid” explodes beyond the boundaries of our field. But […]

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Hajicek’s MonsterQuest: Full Program Descriptions

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 30th, 2007

Please note, the times are incorrectly given in the program art (above). “MonsterQuest” begins at 10:00 PM Eastern, and is repeated often in the following days, at various times. The History Channel debuts “MonsterQuest” Wednesday October 31st, 2007. The following is their press release regarding a summary of the series, and details on what is […]

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