Category: Discoveries

Creationists foiled again: Ancient rock painting is NOT a pterosaur

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…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Hairless, toothy mystery carcass in Santa Barbara has a normal ID

It’s hairless, bloated and decomposing. Of course people will freak out and speculate wildly. Unusual Creature Puzzles People on a Santa Barbara Beach | News – KEYT. A brownish creature, with sharp teeth and claws, is deceased on the beach in Santa Barbara after the latest storm, and many people are wondering what it is.…

Sykes “Yeti” investigation published

The awaited paper is available here [PDF]. Dr. Bryan Sykes’ work was covered in a nice documentary that aired on British TV and in a condensed version in the U.S. Dr. Sykes has followed through and reported his findings of suspected Yeti hair in a very reputable journal. A book will follow. Was It a Yeti?…

Attention geologists: New rock type – plastiglomerates

Plastic is abundant (thanks to humans) and slow to degrade. It is now being incorporated into the earth in strange ways. Rocks Made of Plastic Found on Hawaiian Beach | Science/AAAS | News. Plastic may be with us a lot longer than we thought. In addition to clogging up landfills and becoming trapped in Arctic…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

Submerged pyramid structure found in Azores

Not sure what to make of this discovery, but it is in a volcanic area with seamounts and there are questions about the historical settlements here. Of course, this discovery is being linked to Atlantis. Terceira: Subaquatic pyramidal shaped structure found – Azores | Portuguese American Journal. An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth…

Why the olinguito is bad news for cryptozoologists

I kept refreshing the screen, waiting for the press conference earlier today to hear what new mammal had been discovered. Yes, for a minute I wondered… would it be a cryptid? Maybe an ape? But then, reality hit. No, this would be something evolutionarily interesting, zoologically neat and, no matter what it was, cryptozoologists were…

Has the extremely rare night parrot been rediscovered alive?

There was a reveal of evidence that the very rare night parrot is still out there. Queensland bird enthusiast presents museum with photos of elusive night parrot – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). A Queensland bird enthusiast claims to have caught the rare Australian night parrot on camera. The fat, ground-dwelling bird is so elusive it…

Ants may behave differently before an earthquake, research says

A new study on animal prediction of earthquakes Ant-icipation: Insects know when earthquakes are coming Ants with the world’s worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna. Research on ants in Germany showed that they follow regular…