Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mokele-Mbembe Book Title Poll
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
TX Tiger Lost & Found
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Ivorybill Fiasco Brewing?
Someone claims to have photographed a living ivorybill woodpecker. The manner in which this information is being promoted has some birding folks skeptical; certainly doesn't raise much hope on the crypto side, either.
Here's a suggestion for anyone fortunate enough to acquire real evidence of a mystery animal in the future: a) have your evidence firmly and scientifically substantiated prior to your announcement, or b) provide the evidence for open and thorough examination immediately at the announcement.
Labels: ivorybill woodpecker
Oversized Black Jaguar?
In the Explorer's Club article I just posted, I note the statement:
"It’s no use returning from a stroll through the jungle and saying you have seen a huge black jaguar twice the size of other jaguars – as a Catholic missionary working in Amazonian Peru did recently – unless you have some physical evidence."
Now, I'm wondering where this was reported, if anywhere, as I don't recall seeing it before. (And, of course, am wondering if there's any connection to Hocking's mystery cats from the same region.) If someone knows the original source, please forward or comment here.
Searching for New Species
Tropical Whale in Puget Sound
Dinosaur "Death-trap" Footprints
Monday, January 18, 2010
Another Jurassic Park Trilogy
Auk Bones Museum Find
Thylacine Travel Guide
OT: Raptors of the Northeast
UK Killer Whales
New Bird from Borneo
"Extinct" Tortoise Found in Captivity
Thursday, January 07, 2010
A Couple of New Species
Monday, January 04, 2010
Bigfoot in Georgia
The publisher recently sent me a copy of Jeffery Wells' Bigfoot in Georgia, so I'll note a few things here for potential readers. First the basics:
Bigfoot in Georgia
Pine Winds Press (Idyll Arbor); 2010
165 pp., retails for $18.00
Let me start off pointing out that Amazon currently has the book discounted (on pre-order) to a bit over $12, so don't be afraid of the $18 price tag.
The book covers Bigfoot sightings in Georgia, including regional Native American tales, some early newspaper accounts, and other stories up to the present day. There is discussion in the first chapter on the overall history of Bigfoot sightings, another chapter discusses the Elkins Creek cast, and he devotes a fair bit of text to specific organizations or researchers (for example, a chapter on journalist Wayne Ford).
The author is a professor at Georgia Military College (Atlanta campus), and his ability to write is certainly above par for the subject. This is a decent state guide on the topic, and the author handles it objectively. It looks like most of the reports come from other researchers and organizations, so the scope of sightings may be familiar to the more well-versed Bigfoot enthusiasts. That's not a bad thing -- if anything, more regional Bigfoot organizations need to seek out individuals like Wells to organize and write up their files in a professional manner. Too many guides (or websites) are haphazard or don't convey an objective approach to the subject. I would have liked to have seen a more thorough survey of sightings in this book, but I suspect it would be too difficult to manage that while dealing with the various personalities in Bigfoot research. That's one reason I don't bother with this topic much myself.