Thursday, December 19, 2013

News Updates 12-19-13

Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2013

RIP Lloyd Pye

New Johor Bigfoot Tracks Found?

Update: “Sasquatch Revealed”

The Woodpile Sasquatch: East Texas Habituation Site

RIP Dr. Roy P. Mackal

Loren Coleman presents a list of the top Crypto news events from the past year, including hits (and misses) from the discovery of the new tapir to Melba Ketchum's controversial DNA study. The Black Dwarf Lowland Tapir has stirred up controversy of its own simply by existing, a fact that is sparking Debate over its discovery. It seems there's a difference of opinion over who discovered the cryptid and when, but as Coleman reminds us, Teddy Roosevelt knew about it over a century ago. And speaking of tapirs, the strange little animals are making the most of their 15 minutes of fame by also apparently impersonating Bigfoot outside of a village in Malaysia.Giant footprints are not that of Bigfoot, says Wildlife Department, but instead were distorted tapir prints found in waterlogged peat soil.

From all indications, it appears that Roy Mackal died three months ago. How could the passing of someone of Mackal’s stature and accomplishments not be widely noted? Loren Coleman provides the first obituary. Mackal was a University of Chicago biochemist, inventor, author, and a founding member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. He also did field research on Nessie at Loch Ness and led two expeditions to the Republic of Congo in search of Mokele-mbembe. Notes Coleman, “He will be remembered with great affection and sincerity by his colleagues and friends for his healthy and enthusiastic optimism as well as his analytical and practical intellect.” People continue to see creatures that aren’t supposed to exist, as in Australia, the Blue Mountains panther spotted again. The latest sightings come on the heels of government report that dismissed the validity of 500 eyewitness statements, saying that ''large dogs, large feral cats or swamp wallabies'' were the likely candidates for reports of the panther-like creature.

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