Thursday, October 30, 2008

SciFi Yeti Movie

SciFi Channel will be airing a yeti movie on Saturday, Nov. 8. Some info here.

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Bigfoot Sighting

The Willits, CA, News has a Bigfoot sighting report.


Vampire Moths

Nat Geo has details on an unknown population of "vampire moths" discovered in Siberia.

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"Cougar" Sightings All Over the Place

Minnesota letter to editor here.

Virginia sighting here. ("Lion" may have been a bobcat.)

A Canadian sighting here. (North Bay)

And, more evidence against a cougar attack in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, here.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More on Cyprus Creature

The "crocodile" rumored to have spotted in the waters below the Kouris Dam has transformed (in the media) to some kind of lake monster or big serpent. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Academic Press Meets Bigfoot

Two forthcoming books on Bigfoot are being published by University of Chicago Press and University of California Press.

Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend
Joshua Blu Buhs

May 2009

University of Chicago Press

Dramatis Personae
1 Wildmen
Wildmen through History
The Abominable Snowman
The Life and Times of Bigfoot

2 Yeti: 1951–1959
The Yeti, Science, and Zadig’s Method
Britain Hunts the Yeti
America Hunts the Yeti
What the Evidence Told

3 Sasquatch: 1929–1958
The Great Sasquatch Hunt
The Kidnapping of Albert Ostman
“Occam’s Razor Cuts on the Side of the Sasquatch”
Slick Eyes the Sasquatch

4 Big Foot: 1958
The Folkloric Origins of Bigfoot
Big Foot Makes the Papers
The Confirmed and Converted Confront Bigfoot
“Maybe Bigfoot is Lost Relative of Old ‘Sasquatch’”

5 ABSMery: 1959–1961
The (Weird, Wacky) Wonderful World of Ivan T. Sanderson
The Pacific Northwest Expedition
Enter Peter Byrne
The Wipe: Or True’s Trouble with Truth, and Ivan Sanderson’s

6 Melting the Snowman: 1961–1967
Melting the Snowman
Sanderson’s Failed Debunking of the Debunking
The Quiet Years
Big Foot Daze

7 The Return of Bigfoot: 1967–1980
Bigfoot Filmed!
Making Sense of the Movie
The Return of Bigfoot
Bozo, the Minnesota Iceman
Bigfoot on Tour
The Secret of Sasquatch

8 A Contest for Dignity: 1969–1977
The Bigfoot Community
The Center that Wasn’t
Hoaxing, the Unconquerable Problem
The Laugher Curtain

9 Cryptozoology: 1978–1990
Grover Krantz, Sasquatch Scientist
Anthropology of the Unknown
Science Police
“Definitive Proof”
Arrested by the Science Police

10 The Death of Bigfoot? 1980–2002
The Green Man
The Death of Bigfoot
“The Most Abominable Hoaxer”
Bigfoot is Dead! Long Live Bigfoot!
Not The End, but An End
Curse of the Sasquatch


Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot
Michael McLeod

April 2009

University of California Press

"Part history, part road trip, and part biography, this is the true story of a remarkable group of men whose obsession with Bigfoot turned the giant hominid into an American icon. Award-winning journalist Michael McLeod tells of Bigfoot's rise to tabloid stardom in a fast-paced account that begins with his own journey to investigate a famous 1967 film clip of a Bigfoot in a California forest. McLeod proceeds to uncover a trail of clues reaching from the late nineteenth century, when a few ambitious, imaginative naturalists and explorers synthesized historical and indigenous folklore with Darwinian ideas and speculated that a proto-hominid 'missing link' might still be alive in remote areas. That speculation would eventually inspire a colorful cast of loggers, hunters, con artists, and businessmen in the twentieth century to create the modern myth of Bigfoot, all of them angling for a piece of a monster that the media and the public still can't get enough of. Told through vividly narrated interviews and anecdotes,
Anatomy of a Beast offers a unique perspective on the deep roots of counterfactual thinking—and how obsession and myth are created out of it."

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Deepest-Known Fishes

Cuvier's "rash dictum" had a twin in marine biology. "In 1843, the British naturalist Edward Forbes declared life was impossible below 300 fathoms (540 metres)." (source)

Now, the deepest-living fishes (so far) have been photographed by biologists, and it turns out they're a rather social species. (
News source.)

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Still on the Loose...

Those remaining Patas monkeys roaming Polk Co., Florida, have settled on a ranch. (News source.)

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Friday, October 24, 2008

7 New Glassfrogs

Seven new glassfrogs have been described from Ecuador. (News source.)

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Cyprus Croc Stories

Urban myth or illegal introductions? Stories of crocodiles at Kourris Dam in Cyprus are springing up again. Officials haven't found any, but investigations continue. (News source.)

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Rediscovered Dove

The Wetar Ground-dove has been rediscovered on its Indonesian island. (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Still Got Mange...

But will wonders never cease, a "chupacabra" that turns out not to be a dog or fox...


Cockatoo Research

Researchers found surviving yellow-crested Abbott's cockatoos in Masalembu Archipelago. They're calling this a rediscovery, but it sounds like they were just checking to make sure this subspecies wasn't extinct. (News source.)

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New Legless Lizard

The description for a new legless lizard from Brazil has been published. (News source.)

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Spider Catches Finch

An Australian golden orb weaver was photographed feeding on a dead finch in its web. (News source.)

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Big Cat Sightings

A retired teacher in Lambton Co., Ontario, thinks he has cast the prints of a cougar. (News source.)

A UK teen saw a big black cat and thinks she has also found a track. (News source.)

And, more on the Lancaster Co., PA, "cougar." (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Cougar Folklore

A New Brunswick story is making the rounds: hunters supposedly shot an eastern cougar, but no body has been offered as proof. (News source.)

And yet more on the alleged (probably false) cougar attack in Lancaster County, PA.

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New York Cougar Sighting

Witnesses report seeing a mountain lion in the Southold, NY, area. (News source.)

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Monday, October 20, 2008

"Cougar" Attack Called Hoax

The PA Game Commission has, after testing the evidence, been unable to find anything that points to a cougar as the animal that allegedly jumped a Lancaster County man. They think it is a hoax.

Now, it may be a hoax, or it may be misidentification/exaggeration by fear. This never did sound like a cougar incident to me, but I am concerned about the hoax charge (and the statement that they may file charges against the man) -- if it was not a deliberate hoax, this may create further impediment for future potential witnesses. (
News source.)

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Japanese Expedition Finds Yeti Tracks

An expedition to Nepal/Tibet to film a yeti found only (alleged) tracks. (News source.)


OT: Bananas Glow Blue

Another case of biofluorescence... (News source.)


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Canadian Black Feline Sightings

Black "panther" sightings here from Newfoundland, and a sighting here in Ontario.

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Eastern Quoll

Thought extinct on mainland Australia since 1963, a couple of eastern quoll have been found DOR near Melbourne. They may be descendants of escapees from a local captive breeding program. (News source.)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Longest Insect Discovered

A stick insect, collected in Borneo and held in private hands until recently given to the Natural History Museum in London, has been described and determined to be the longest species yet. It is more than half a meter in length. It's eggs are also of interest, as they are "winged", probably to facilitate dispersion from heights (like maple seeds). (News source.)

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Big Fossil Snake

A boa-like fossil snake found in Colombia may have reached 12.8 meters and a ton in weight. (News source.)

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Hobbit on CBC Documentary

The CBC program The Nature of Things has aired an episode on Homo floresiensis.

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New Brunswick Cougar Sighting

A large feline jumped in front of a motorist in New Brunswick. (News source.)


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Strange Snake in Southern Vietnam

A leucistic specimen of a native snake has become one Vietnamese family's pet. (New source.) I can't specifically identify the genus from the photo; from the shape of the head, and the fact it eats eels, it might be Cylindrophis. (The hand, held towards the camera, makes the snake seem larger than it actually is.) If I could see the tail, I could determine that quickly, as pipe snakes are fairly distinctive. I can't rule out a homalopsine, though, without better images.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

"Yeti" Hairs Tested

Hairs found near sightings of a yeti-like primate in India have turned out to be goral (a wild goat) hairs. (News source.)

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Scot Big Cat Sighting

A large feline was reported from Scotland by dogwalkers. (News source.)

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Muntjac Photo

Nat Geo has the photo of the rediscovered Sumatran muntjac noted previously.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Siberia Bigfoot Tracks

Hunters in Siberia claim to have found Bigfoot tracks with a step length of 2 meters. (News source.) [corrected version]


Virus X an Arenavirus

A mystery haemorrhagic fever that killed three people in South Africa has been identified as an arenavirus. While not specifically identified, it may be related to Lassa fever and is probably rodent-borne.


White Lions

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve may hold the only free-roaming white lions in the world. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lancaster Co., PA, "Cougars"

Frankly, there's nothing at all in this story that sounds like there are cougars here in Lancaster County, PA. Maybe some exotic felines, but I wouldn't rule out large feral housecats. I've heard quite a few stories of "mountain lions" here, which were patently not based on actual cougar sightings. (News source.)

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Land Crab Find

A rarely seen land crab was discovered in a new region of Taiwan. (News source.)


Friday, October 10, 2008

Louisiana Cougar Photos

Louisiana DWF has confirmed two separate photos taken of cougar in that state. (News source.)

The first photograph was taken in Natchitoches parish on Sept. 4, and the second was taken in Allen parish on Sept. 29. The sites are approximately 100 miles apart, leading to speculation that the same cougar could be in both photos."

Both photos can be seen here.


Rediscovered Mammals

An Australian desert mouse thought extinct for 150 years was rediscovered in New South Wales. (News source.)

The Sumatran muntjac, a dog-sized deer, has been confirmed, after its last known sighting in 1930. (
News source.)

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Rabies Survivor

Scientific American has an interview and article on the only known case of rabies survival without medical intervention. (News source.)


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

OH Cougar Sighting

A hunter and his son saw a large feline they think was a mountain lion... (News source.)

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Cougar Debate Continues

One group say that cougar sightings in the midwest are rising. (News source.)

Michigan DNR continues to dispute sightings, while the MI Wildlife Conservancy disagrees. (News source.)

Michigan DNR says a cougar didn't attack a horse, but a veterinarian says that a cougar was responsible. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Oceana Contest

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Cape Cod Manatee

A manatee reported off Cape Cod (apparently the same one seen off Rhode Island a while back) is being sought by would-be rescuers. (News source.)

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Mihi Itch

A fascinating paper (download free) from Zootaxa discusses the use of this term to denote those scientists who name trivial variants in order to see their own names in print.

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Shark Species

Two new species of swellsharks have been described from the North Pacific. (Zootaxa abstract)

Also, I've listed some new reptiles and amphibians from this past month here.

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New Bat

From Zootaxa (September 2008), a new species of freetail bat from Australia has been described as Mormopterus eleryi.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

OOP Croc

A recently published paper in Pacific Science notes a young out-of-place crocodile, probably a saltwater croc, in the waters of Nauru, about 1,000 km away from the nearest population in the Solomon Islands.

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Older BF Report

Here is the account of a 1969 California Bigfoot sighting, near Estacada.


Georgia: Black Feline Sighting

A large black cat was reported in Columbia County, Georgia. (News source.)

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