Kids off to the Congo to look for dinos and giant spiders

Remember the kids (sans scientists) who want to go to the Congo to look for a real version of The Lost World?

Dino Hunters Secure Necessary Funding For Congo Expedition.

Stephen McCullah needed to raise $26,700 by May 11 in order to secure enough funds through to, well, kickstart his expedition to the Republic of Congo to hunt a reported living dinosaur.

When the deadline arrived, the 21-year-old adventurer and Missouri native had received pledges totaling nearly $29,000.

He’s now packing his bags and a powerful tranquilizer rifle — to bring down a possible dinosaur during what he has dubbed the Newmac Expedition.

McCullah said that his team will end up at the southern tip of Lake Tele, where mokele-mbembe have been reported. The Newmac explorers will set up camp at the village of a pygmy tribe.

For the remainder of their three-month stay, and as long as there are no health or safety issues intervening, the men will set out every day with a variety of special cameras, searching for new species, large or small, including canine-sized tarantulas.

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Mokele mbembe depiction

I have no hope he’ll find any living dinosaurs OR giant spiders; those are implausible ideas (that have been pushed by mostly those of the Creationist ilk with extremely poor quality and questionable evidence to support it). My concern is that they are way way over their heads by failing to consider the danger and difficult in this venture. They will be lucky to get back healthy. Also, it is troubling that there are no scientists involved. See also Ben Radford at Life’s Little Mysteries: Jurassic Lark

The latest news about pictograms that look like dinosaurs is also mentioned in this story in what seems to be a suggestion of “Hmm, could be…” We can imagine all we want but imaginative speculation doesn’t make it so.

  9 comments for “Kids off to the Congo to look for dinos and giant spiders

  1. Fastmover01
    May 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I think some one needs to sit these people down and have a real, uncensored geopiltical security briefing with them. Not to mention that it will end within a week with multiple cases of malaria and possible dysentry.

  2. Z
    May 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Hey– KS gets 5% whatever happens. What could go wrong?

  3. Z
    May 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Really, malaria and a lack of scientific training will be the least of his worries.

  4. Fastmover01
    May 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    There is a reason we have U.S. Special Forces in that area of the world….and not for leave.

  5. Dan
    May 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    It’s a clever way to get other people to fund their African safari vacation anyway.

  6. Massachusetts
    May 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Since the Harry Potter series has winded down this would make a great replacement. Except for the fact that it’s not a book and they are really doing it.

  7. Sandy
    May 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Umm…why would anybody *want* to find a giant tarantula?

  8. j
    May 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I think I found a clever way to bankroll my future vacations! Fools and their money… lol

  9. May 22, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    IS COOL!

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