Month: February 2013

Breaking bio on the Ketchum Sasquatch sequences

Interested in what scientists trained in evolutionary biology think of the Melba Ketchum DNA paper? You’ll want to watch 25 minutes of this Google Hangout of biologists called Breaking Bio. The guest is David Winter, a PhD in evolutionary biology currently in New Zealand, who looked a bit closer at the sequences provided in the…

Tenby mystery carcass (Update: badger?)

Not much to go on with this hairless beastie found in Pembrokeshire, U.K. Can you solve the mystery of the Beast from the East? (From Western Telegraph). This mysterious creature was washed up on Tenby’s South Beach over the weekend. “It was neither fish nor whale. It looked like a horse with claws but seemed…

Hoax video with 42 million views. What have we learned?

Recall THIS story that circulated for two days rapidly all over the world: Bird Abduction: Golden eagle grabs child video. We were uncertain right off the mark but knew there was some basis for the story, the tales of birds snatching kids in days gone by. Now, the whole story is revealed in this report…

Albino attacks on the rise in Tanzania

In parts of Africa, albinos are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity. Tanzania boy assaulted in latest attack on albinos – FRANCE 24. Attackers collecting body parts of albinos for witchcraft have hacked off the hand of a seven-year old boy…

Ketchum Bigfoot DNA paper released: Problems with questionable publication (Updated)

Melba Ketchum’s long LONG awaited paper on Bigfoot DNA is published today. But you’re not going to see it. Back in November, Ketchum announced her results: A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living…

Questionable claims of monster remains in Lake Labynkyr

I’ll start off with the conclusion. Do not believe a word of this Russian “monster” story. Read on… Divers find mystery ‘jaws and skeleton’ in Siberia’s ‘Loch Ness’. A dozen divers braved legends of monsters and the coldest winter temperatures in a venture that is likely to go into the Guinness World Book of Records.…

Thylacine extinction: We have only ourselves to blame

A new study suggests a model where people were a sufficient factor in the demise of the Tasmanian Tiger. Humans killed off the thylacine: study Humans alone were responsible for the demise of Australia’s extinct native predator, the Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, a new study has found. Led by the University of Adelaide, the study…