Archive for “June, 2008”

Ice Age Terror Birds?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 19th, 2008

Yes, another flightless fossil bird blog entry… Darren Naish has published a new analysis on terror birds, entitling this one, “Raven, the claw-handed bird, last of the phorusrhacids.” I won’t even try to summarize the amazing things he has written about in his intellectually stimulating posting. Instead, I’ll share three of his remarkable images to […]

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New Chinese Bird Species Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 18th, 2008

The Chinese news source Xinhua is announcing on Thursday, June 19, 2008, the confirmed discovery of a new species of bird, the Nonggang babbler or Stachyris nonggangensis. It has a white crescent-shaped patch behind the ear and some grayish-brown spots on the white throat. Apart from that, it’s dark brown all over. It prefers to […]

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Cryptic Chickens

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 18th, 2008

For those that have never been to a scholarly academic meeting and have wondered what their presentations are like, here’s an example: Thanks to Darren Naish. Ultimate credit goes to Doug Zongker who presented the above at the AAAS, February 16, 2007.

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Ohio’s Grassmen

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 18th, 2008

Thank goodness the ghosts are gone. It’s back to monsters this evening folks, so let’s celebrate. Tonight’s “MonsterQuest” is about the “Ohio Grassman,” one of the local names for the Eastern Bigfoot-types reported in this Midwestern state, a bona-fide cryptid. It also features good guy, well-known Ohio Bigfoot conference organizer and Cleveland Indians fan Don […]

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Crazy Crocs: OH, VA, MD, & MI

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 18th, 2008

The Sheriff decided to carry the photo of the Saltville gator to show folks, because no one believed him. More “crazy crocs” have made their way into mini-media mentions. The “crocs” is shorthand for “crocodilians,” of course, and thus includes alligators, crocodiles, gharials, caimans, and kin. Ohio On Monday, June 16, 2008, an “urban alligator,” […]

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What Is Bigfoot?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 17th, 2008

Of the routine and infrequent fossil candidates submitted for consideration as to the origins of Bigfoot/Sasquatch, which one is your favorite? I begin with the premise that this unknown, yet-to-be-verified, hairy bipedal hominoid is an actual biological species. Getting beyond the argument of whether or not Bigfoot exists, what do you think might be the […]

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India’s Mande Barung

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 17th, 2008

In the US it’s known as Bigfoot, in Canada as Sasquatch, in Brazil as Mapinguary, in Australia as a Yowie, in Indonesia as Sajarang Gigi and, most famously of all, in Nepal as a Yeti. The little known Indian version of this legendary ape-like creature is called Mande Barung – or forest man – and […]

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SFx Legend Stan Winston, 62, Dies

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 16th, 2008

Intriguing that today, of all days, I should update a posting on a special effects genius, the late John Chambers. Now word comes in another great in the field, Stan Winston (above), 62, passed away, late Sunday, June 15, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. He died following a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma. “Stan died […]

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Myakka, Masks, and Apemania

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 16th, 2008

It all began with a December 22, 2000, letter signed “God Bless. I prefer to remain anonymous,” mailed to the Sarasota (Florida) Sheriff’s Department. Two photographs were enclosed. Did you ever think you would hear that the motion picture Planet of the Apes (the 1968 version) would be used by skeptics of the photos to […]

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Borneo Big Footprints: Jokes?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 16th, 2008

Editorial Cartoon: “Bigfoot in Sarawak” posted by Kher Cheng Guan. The giant footprints found in a fishing village in Daro [Borneo] are a fake. “It’s man-made and a hoax,” Sarawak Museum anthropologist Dr. Charles Leh said yesterday while dismissing news reports that the two sets of footprints found in a village in Mukah division were […]

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New Bigfoot Theory Statement

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 15th, 2008

Click on the photograph above to show, from left to right: (1) M. K. Davis; (2) behind Davis, unknown male; (3) with closed eyes, Davis film backer Pat Holdbrook; (4) with baseball cap, Skeptical Inquirer editor Ben Radford; (5) behind Radford, sitting, in sunglasses, MonsterQuest’s Doug Hajicek, (6) next to Haijcek, unknown male, (7) standing, […]

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LEGO Bigfoot and Yeti

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 14th, 2008

Joel Johnson (the Boing Boing correspondent who toured and filmed my museum) has alerted me to the mention and actual work of Mike Stimpson, involving LEGO photography and various classic photographs that Stimpson has recreated. One of the greatest new images that Stimpson uploaded this week is an amazing Lego recreation of that famed frame […]

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Humboldt’s D.A. Asked To Investigate “Bigfoot Massacre”

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 14th, 2008

Just when you thought the “Bigfoot Massacre” theory was getting rather wild, now comes word that Florida’s Scott Marlowe has sent a letter to the District Attorney in Humboldt County, California, “pursuant to an investigation of M. K. Davis’ ‘revelations’ about the Patterson-Gimlin ‘Bigfoot’ film.” This is the first time I’ve heard “hypertrichosis” thrown into […]

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What Did A Dodo Look Like?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 14th, 2008

Besides my recent Cryptomundo postings on the dodo and the moa-nalo, I have written other past entries here, which have reviewed the following often cryptic flightless bird species: elephant bird, more dodo, terror birds, more terror birds, moa, more moa, and takahÄ“. In line with a question during an earlier discussion about how might have […]

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More on Caatinga Woodpecker

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 14th, 2008

The following is the uncropped version of the photograph, via the BBC: A lost bird returns. The Caatinga Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni) had not been seen since its discovery in 1926 when Advaldo do Prado came across this one in eastern central Brazil. The country has more globally threatened species than any other. (Image: Guilherme R […]

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