Kickstarter is a site designed to help people fund their projects. You can donate to things you feel are worthwhile. One young explorer is looking for $26,700 for an expedition to located undiscovered animals.
Our first expedition will be dubbed The Newmac Expedition. It will be a preliminary three month (or as long as our health allows) four man venture. We’ll launch on June 26th and we anticipate discovering hundreds of new insect, plant, and fish species during the course of our research and work in the area. There is also the legitimate hope of discovering many reptile and mammalian species as well. We have received reports from week to two week expeditions in the region of eye witnesses seeing canine sized tarantulas, large river dwelling sauropods, and a species of man eating fish (which was recently discovered on river monsters).
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Stephen relates the story of Operation Congo in the 1980s by William Gibbons. The party was searching for Mokèlé-mbèmbé (often described as a dinosaur-like creature). They didn’t find it.
Gibbons returned and heard stories about other weird creatures that resembled dinosaurs. No one has ever found evidence of large unidentified dinosaur-like creatures in the Congo. And, there is absolutely no good reason to think they still exist 65 million years after their demise in the fossil record.
So, it appears Stephen has lofty goals at the top, but meanwhile, there is a good case to be made for many species still left to discover. They likely won’t be the attention grabbing cryptids though.
They plan to collect specimens and use trail cameras. All in all, a worthy goal. However, this will be an extreme difficult expedition. It’s dangerous. Also, he says his colleagues have “a firm background in Biology” but are there zoologists? I don’t see the point in amateurs trekking into the Congo. This makes me VERY suspicious.
Also, red flag, Gibbons is a Creationist. I see no statement that Stephen is as well but I’m getting vibes based on the construction of the post and the absence of important details – like university affliations. Creationists think finding a living dinosaur will somehow made evolution look bad and the Bible look true. Anyone who is off to explore the Congo and mentions Gibbons… well, I’m skeptical.
See this piece for more A LIVING DINOSAUR IN THE CONGO? (PART 2)
UPDATE: I asked Stephen what the biology backgrounds are, he wrote:
I studied Biology At UMKC and Missouri State. I’ve also been on trips of this nature to Brazil, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. My partners all come from different backgrounds and have different skills to bring to the expedition. I have experience categorizing plant and animal species in the Amazon. There really isn’t much to it in my oppinion besides an eye for detail, having the information available to you, and the ability to organized and store your findings.
My cousin Jonothan Sales (22) who just took a humanitarian aid trip back to Nicaragua with me, Is going to college for religious studies, has a very big interest in zoology, and spends a great deal of time working on humanitarian projects in rural India. My close friend Sam Newton (23) is currently writing a survival book full time in North Carolina, and then Justin Brown (24) a proffessional hunter and tracker from Missouri.
So, a group of amateurs (note the “religious studies”).
Addition: This was covered by Ben Radford at Life’s Little Mysteries: Jurassic Lark