Saturday, October 01, 2011

Russian Bigfoot Photographed?

On the heels of the mission mounted by the Centre for Fortean Zoology and dubbed "Sumatra Expedition 2011," which sought evidence of a long-reported apelike creature in the Sumatran jungles, the Australian contingent that participated in the quest has compiled a lengthy collection of archived reports about the creature known as Orang Pendek. With this much historical smoke, can there be no fire? A quest seeking another apelike creature is also in the news today as the efforts of two nurses who trekked into North Carolina's Uwharrie Forest are revealed in Bigfoot Does Exist...Or Does He? While the effort of these two women was not fruitful, the report includes video footage of Mike Green's arguably much more successful ventures into the Uwharrie. Green has night vision images of what he believes is a Bigfoot helping itself to candy he used to bait the creature into range of his cameras. And Loren Coleman has news about his own "landmark" item from the International Cryptozoology Museum in Bigfoot to Move Soon. Elsewhere, for those not familiar with the cryptid strangeness said to swim through the lakes of the world, Matt Hickman has a brief synopsis in Nessie's Gang: 5 Celebrity Lake Monsters.

Coming October 4th: Snow Beast

Bigfoot To Move Soon

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Friday, September 30, 2011

The evolution of Bigfoot
Little People of Sumatra Frontiers of Zoology
Dale Drinnon reveals he had asked Richard Freeman of the Centre for Fortean Zoology Sumatra Expedition 2011 to inquire among the Sumatrans about the "tiny people of Sumatra" while Freeman and his companions were seeking the apelike Orang Pendek. Freeman responds with a description of the Sumatran little people that shows they are not to be confused with the Orang Pendek. The reason for Drinnon's request becomes apparent as he explores the possibilities of diminutive human relatives in the vicinity of Sumatra, offering scientific papers and illustrations on the subject. Was Homo floresiensis, the so-called "Hobbit" of news articles that followed discoveries on the Indonesian Island of Flores, more widespread than previously thought? Are any such tiny people still living in the island jungles? Consider also the 1958 newspaper clipping gathered by CFZ-Australia that could indicate an Orang Pendek was captured in Sumatra, as seen in Orang Pendek Trail Heats Up. Elsewhere, Craig Woolheater presents a Twitter posting by William Jevning, author of Notes from the Field, Tracking North America's Bigfoot, in which Jevning releases an anecdote that could lead to the question of whether there is a US Forest Service Coverup of Bigfoot?. And Loren Coleman laments a segment of the reportorial art that peppered the newspapers of the century before last, as seen in Flying Snakes, Horned Gazookas and 19th Century Journalism.

Two-Hour Specials and Comicon Appearances for Finding Bigfoot

3 Events This Weekend...

The Texas Bigfoot Conference, Saturday, October 1st, in Tyler, Texas. Details can be found at

The Honobia Bigfoot Festival, Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1st, in Honobia, Oklahoma. Details can be found at

Lake Worth Monster Bash, Saturday, October 1st, Lake Worth, Texas. Details can be found at

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Hampshire Wood Devils Phantoms and Monsters
What's seven feet tall, covered in dark hair with a slender bearing that puts Jack Skellington to shame? According to claims by woodsmen, lurking in the forests at the foot of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and through the Appalachians, too, are tall, thin, vaguely humanoid, hairy, very fast creatures know as "Wood Devils" that produce a very piercing scream when encountered. With accounts stretching back into the Colonial Era, the creature is associated by some cryptozoologists with Bigfoot. The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy is getting set for an annual get together to compare notes and discuss North America's best known cryptid's presence in the Lone Star State, leading Suzanne Loudamy to announce plans for the meeting and review some evidence in Bigfoot: Fact or Folklore? And an upcoming episode of a popular television series seeks answers to the Bigfoot riddle through a two-hour Halloween special titled "Birth of a Legend," to be aired Sunday, October 30, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. ET, as outlined in Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" Returns to the Woods to Investigate Sasquatch's Origin in Halloween Special. Meanwhile, the search for a comparable creature in Sumatra has ended, and Centre for Fortean Zoology - Australia took part in the venture, leading to the report We're Back from the Jungle! Elsewhere, a special cat is celebrated by Dr. Karl Shuker in Sonic the Hedgehog and the Janus Cats, and the record setting kitty is gets some love from the media, too, in Two-faced Cat Earns Guinness Record.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The videographer claims to have filmed this more than 8-minute-long sequence in his garden in England, and what it shows is very odd, indeed. While there may be some wondering whether the footage is computer generated imaging, a very real possibility, watch it to see a strange activity involving a dragonfly, some unidentifiable wispy looking creature, and what may be a parasite sticking its head from between the dragonfly's huge eyes. Meanwhile, Nick Redfern introduces us to tales of winged weirdness in Fantastic Flying Folk! then updates us on a soon to be held event in Pennsylvania that will feature several nationally known speakers, with Saucers & Sasquatch. Elsewhere, Loren Coleman reveals rumors sparked by a supposed glitch in the DNA of that cougar killed in the Nutmeg State not long ago, and wonders what will finally come from the reports of researchers who may be asking Did Connecticut Cougar Not Really Walk from South Dakota?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Portland's International Cryptozoology Museum to get a bigger home

Two pretty big stories mark today's news from the field of cryptozoology. Starting off, expert analysis from Darren Naish, Michael Woodley and Cameron McCormick, part of the trio's efforts to introduce their scientific "analyses of cryptozoological data into the technical, peer-reviewed literature," has progressed at least as far as the latest issue of Scientific American. And the trio make a considerable splash in the sea of marine mysteries presented by a famous 1968 encounter detailed by Captain William Hagelund that had been pegged by some as a "baby Cadborosaurus." So what does the trio think Hagelund and his crew really spotted in the briny waves? And just as one cryptid is supposedly marked off the list of mystery beasts, along comes anthropologist and cryptozoology researcher Dale Drinnon with a compendium of his own writings, a huge selection of images and the scintillating claim Chupacabras SOLVED! Could Drinnon be right?

Monday, September 26, 2011

If you must read only a few things today, please select from the following:

A newspaper article from the 1970s depicts the aboriginal legends of Australia's version of Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Almasty, the Orang Pendek and other hairy, manlike forest denizens. Roland Robinson was the reporter who gathered the 1970s era information concerning the Australian cryptid, and included in his report is the unsubstantiated claim that 40 skeletons found in 1975 in northern Victoria were "almost identical in facial features to Java Man." Were these the skeletons of Yowies? And where are these bones now? Meanwhile, there's a short bit of news from the 2011 Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) Sumatra Expedition, carried at Cryptomundo as Initial Orang Pendek Expedition 2011 Report and another short report that includes a photo of one piece of evidence the team has brought back in the effort to verify the creature's existence, carried at the official CFZ website as The First Photograph of the Cast Taken in Sumatra. As the evidence from the expedition is being sorted, Oll Lewis revisits the most "ground-breaking discovery in human evolutionary history in the lifetimes of most people alive today" that occurred in the same general region as the Sumatran expedition, as noted in There and Back Again. Elsewhere, Loren Coleman congratulates Point Pleasant, WV, following the city's annual celebration, held recently, and points out his own 2002 prediction of the festival's success in Mothman Sightings Continue and Cryptotourism Soars.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

There's news from Sumatra as a crew from the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) has begun the latest expedition in pursuit of evidence for the manlike Orang Pendek. In more news from the crew, CFZ Director Jonathan Downes offers the tidbits in NEWSFLASH - First News from Sumatra. As the CFZ Sumatra Expedition wends its way into the forest primeval, Nick Redfern checks in with a review of one of the latest editions from the CFZ publishing project, as seen in Lair of the Beasts: Northern Monsters. Meanwhile, there are more reports of Sasquatch-type creatures to be found in The Yeti is Alive, or at Least Discussed at Tashtagol and Lindsay Selby's link to a video and separate news story offered in Bogus Bigfoot. Elsewhere, there are big things underway at Loren Coleman's International Cryptozoology Museum, and reporter David Carkhuff talks with Coleman about the venture in Crypto Collection Ready for Big Move.

Mainstream media has been abuzz of late with tales of humanity's promiscuity being an asset. From Neanderthals to proto-humans, our ancestors exchanged DNA in a manner that strengthened and alleviated evolutionary pressure, according to the latest study. Another driving force for change in human development comes from moving into new environments. One such human adventure is described in the Archaeology News Network report on Aboriginal Australians: The First Explorers. From the supposed African diaspora to the Asian invasion by modern humans, the lineage of the Aborigines traces back 50,000 years. A lock of Aboriginal hair donated to an anthropologist has been sequenced showing absolutely no genetic contributions from modern Europeans. This revelation has a broader impact upon the history of mankind and its global migration. One aspect of the news is in a DNA Study Suggesting Asia Was Settled in Multiple Waves of Migration which compares the DNA of ancients from the Asian mainland with humans living in the relative isolation of Australia and New Guinea.