Cryptozoology

Portrait of a telepathic Yeti

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Good for a laugh. A Russian artist and sculptor has claimed that he met the mysterious and elusive Yeti in eastern Russia, and that the mythological creature even posed for a sketch. Andrey Lyubchenko, from Tashtagol, says that he had a close encounter with the Abominable Snowman when he was in the Kemerovo region… Source:…

Creationists foiled again: Ancient rock painting is NOT a pterosaur

Photo credit: Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, Paul Bahn and Marvin Rowe

The interpretation of ancient rock paintings of Utah’s Black Dragon Canyon should finally be put to rest. But it won’t be. Source: ‘Winged Monster’ Rock Art Finally Deciphered Now, using cutting-edge technology, researchers suggest the red paintings show five separate images, including a tall bug-eyed person, a smaller person, a sheep, a dog and a serpentlike…

Image of fabled sea serpent of Ireland retrieved

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An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. Source: Ireland’s Loch Ness…

Just a fish, not a “monster”

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News Morsel: Adele Battersby found the four foot-long beast lying dead on the shore of the Littleborough lake and it’s enough to give you nightmares. Not if you aren’t afraid of FISH. It’s probably a pike. Source: What is this ‘Roch Ness Monster’ washed up at Hollingworth Lake? – Manchester Evening News People might need…

Scape Ore Lizard Man makes appearance

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OK, you can tell it’s getting on into late summer and the news is JUST silly as hell. The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon. Source: Has Bishopville’s ‘lizard man’ returned? Photo apparently shows The photo shows someone in a costume in low light at typical…

Police and officials convinced there is a loose lion in Milwaukee (UPDATE: No update)

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The first call suggesting a lion was roaming around a Milwaukee neighborhood came on July 20th. Thirteen days later, we have pretty much NO solid evidence that such a creature is real. We have eyewitness, a really poor video and a  possible footprint. Bigfoot has better evidence. Originally published 26-July 2015 Another urban lion report. This…

Bad science Writing Example A: Linking plesiosaurs to the Loch Ness Monster

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An obviously inexperienced science journalist latches on to the mistaken and downright nonsensical idea that plesiosaurs = Loch Ness Monster. Then, media outlets propagate the silliness. The fossil remains of a giant marine reptile have just been discovered by a team of researchers from the University Of Alaska Museum Of The North. The remains were…

‘Pluck-Ness’ monster resurfaces

Mystery animal snapping at bird in Pluck Lake, Swansea.

It’s summer, the silly news season… A fisherman, Kyle Chapple, spotted a creature floating in Pluck Lake, at the southern tip of Swansea Enterprise Park. He saw it leap from the water to try and snap at a low-flying bird. He thought it was a snake or croc but that’s not likely. What was it? Source:…

Mystery ‘beast’ in Plymouth is… unknown

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A ‘big cat’ has been spotted prowling the Plymouth suburbs with locals wondering what the ‘mystery animal’ could be. Source: Mystery ‘beast’ spotted roaming Plymouth suburbs A mystery animal has been spotted prowling in the garden of a house on the outskirts of Plymouth. Office worker Carole Desforges saw the animal from her living room…

Sykes’ reputation and his Yeti project get slammed

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As we updated yesterday, Bryan Sykes’ claim of mystery DNA is being hyped by the media apparently ahead of his new book about his Yeti/Bigfoot project (the results of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and…

New paper taking another look at “Yeti” data finds no evidence of new bear in the Himalayas

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More news in the Sykes Himalayan yeti saga. If you recall, Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes published a paper in a prestigious scientific journal in July 2014. The results were a disappointment for Yeti supporters, establishing that the mystery samples of DNA were not primate, but normal animals and human. The Sykes (et al.) study did, however,…