Dinosaur graveyard found in Mexico yields biggest number of specimens ever

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Archaeologists from Germany and Mexico have unearthed what they believe is the largest dinosaur cemetery in the world in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

Researchers from the University of Heidelberg, the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe and the Desert Museum in Saltillo, Mexico, have uncovered at least 14 fossils of what they believe to be dinosaurs in a tiny area only 164 feet by 656 feet in size. The researchers also found the bones of at least 15 more specimens only a few miles away.

“I know no other place where so many dinosaurs have been found on such a small area,” said Wolfgang Stinnesbeck from the University of Heidelberg, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti.

While the area where the fossils were discovered looks like an inhospitable wasteland at the moment, 70 million years ago the desert landscape was actually a fertile piece of land.

“There was a huge delta here and several rivers were flowing into the Gulf of Mexico,” said paleontologist Eberhard Frey from the University of Heidelberg. “The ecosystem here was vibrant. Apart from dinosaur bones we have found four species of turtles, remains of a small crocodile and teeth of early mammals.”

Frey added that the researchers have found a footprint of a Theropod near the dig site. These dinosaurs were some of the largest predators in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

“Our findings are very promising, large-scale excavation here would be worthwhile,” Frey said.
Latin America is a hotbed for dinosaur discoveries, although recently most of the major finds have occurred in South American nations like Argentina and Venezuela.

Last month archaeologists announced that the fossilized remains of a colossal creature were discovered in the Patagonia region of Argentina by a team led by Kenneth J. Lacovara, a paleontologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Dreadnoughtus, which means “fear nothing,” is the first of this species and most complete ever found of this group of dinosaurs known as titanosaurs.

“What we can say with certainty is this is the biggest land animal that we can actually put a number on,” Lacovara told the New York Times. “We’ve got 16 tons of bone in my lab right now.”

Scientists in Venezuela also recently announced the unearthing of a fox-sized dinosaur that walked on two legs, a relative of both the stegosaurus and triceratops that dates back around 200 million years.
The tiny new dinosaur, named Laquintasaura venezuelae or Greek for “lizard of La Quinta,” also provides evidence that some creatures lived in herds and were able to survive in regions once thought too inhospitable for the dinosaurs.

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http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2014/10/03/world-largest-dinosaur-graveyard-purportedly-found-in-mexico/

Lake Monster Exists, Concludes Icelandic Commission



A government ‘truth commission’ has declared that a lake monster in Iceland is a real creature.

 

The decision was based on a viral video from 2012 which many believe shows evidence of a long serpent-like creature said to inhabit Iceland’s Lake Lagarfljót.

 

A long-running legend in a country that is steeped in folklore, the beast known as Lagarfljótsormurinn was said to have entered the lake when a girl, who had been instructed to catch a snake and use it to guard a gold ring in her linen chest, instead threw the chest in to the lake when the snake had grown too large.

 

Despite widespread skepticism about the video, a majority of the panel of 13 reached the baffling conclusion that the footage is authentic and that Lagarfljótsormurinn is in fact a real creature.

 

Source :
http://news.discovery.com/animals/lake-monster-exists-concludes-icelandic-commission-140912.htm

‘Bigfoot’ Cases Solved?

‘Bigfoot’ Cases Solved, But a New Mystery Surfaces

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Genetic analysis of hair attributed to Bigfoot found no support for that claim, but hairs linked to the Yeti were determined to belong to a mysterious bear species that may not yet be known to science.

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The research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, marks a rare intersection of peer-reviewed science and cryptozoology, which is the search for, and study of, animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated.

The study solely focused on hair samples, and did not address the footprints, photographs, recorded sounds and other “evidence” purportedly linked to Bigfoot, the Yeti and similar supposedly human-like creatures.

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“The whole thrust of the project and this paper is that the ‘other evidence’ may convince believers, but has not convinced anyone else,” lead author Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, told Discovery News. “It is evidence of a sort, but very poor.”
A total of 57 hair samples obtained from museum and individual collections underwent examination, with 36 of the samples selected for genetic analysis based on their provenance or historic interest.
The supposed Bigfoot hairs were found to belong to the following: a raccoon, sheep, American black bear, North American porcupine, wolf, coyote, dog, white-tailed deer, mule deer, horse, cow and human.
Hairs attributed to Russian Almas (aka “wild men”) belonged to a brown bear, horse, cow, American black bear, brown bear and a raccoon.

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Hairs attributed to an Orang Pendek (aka “short person”) belonged to a Malaysian tapir.
Hairs linked to the Yeti belonged to a serow, (a goat antelope), and to the mysterious bear.
“The paper refers to two Himalayan samples attributed to yetis and which turned out to be related to an ancient polar bear,” Sykes explained. “This may be the source of the legend in the Himalayas.”

Source :
http://news.discovery.com/animals/bigfoot-cases-solved-but-a-new-mystery-surfaces-140701.htm

‘Skunk Ape’ filmed in Florida

 

Footage recorded at Myakka River State Park is being hailed as evidence of the elusive Skunk Ape.

Florida Bigfoot – The Skunk Ape.. Myth?

The Skunk Ape, also known as the Stink Ape, the Myakka Ape, and the Myakka Skunk Ape, is a hominid cryptid said to inhabit Florida, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas, although reports from Florida are more common. It is named for its appearance and for the unpleasant odor that is said to accompany it.

According to the United States National Park Service, the Skunk Ape exists only as a local myth. Reports of the Skunk Ape were particularly common in the 1960s and 1970s. In the fall of 1974, numerous sightings were reported in suburban neighborhoods of Dade County, Florida, of a large, foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs.

Believed to be Florida’s answer to Bigfoot, the Skunk Ape is a humanoid ape-like creature characterized by a strong, repulsive smell. Sightings of the creature have been reported for years including a wave of reports in the 1970s in which one witness described it by saying “it stunk awful, like a dog that hasn’t been bathed in a year and suddenly gets rained on.”

In this new video, a figure can be seen in the distance as a group of visitors attempt to get a better look at it. Due to the distance it is difficult to know if this really is something unexplained or simply a person in a suit, however the footage has gained widespread interest online and cryptozoology fans have been speculating over whether or not it represents genuine evidence that something may still be lurking wild in the Florida Everglades, just waiting to be discovered.

 

Mermaids: Nonsense or Nuisance?

 

 

 

Animal Planet has raised quite a furor over its airing of the “speculative” documentary “Mermaids: The New Evidence.” Capping its annual Monster Week, a network once known for safari shows and puppy bowls is turning over increasing amounts of its broadcast time to cryptozoology shows like “Lost Tapes,” “Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real,” and “Finding Bigfoot”.

In fact, “Finding Bigfoot” was at the center of another, similar, controversy reported last year by Entertainment Weekly as TV critics turned skeptics, forced Animal Planet president Marjorie Kaplan to offer a vague defense of the show as “an exploration of the secret corners of the planet,” since it lacks anything approaching hard evidence.

Should They Have Aired It?

Animal Planet has 3.6 million reasons (as in viewers!) why they should’ve.

There’s really nothing wrong with using actors to re-enact scenes for a documentary. But where is the line? “Unsolved Mysteries” gives a framework for its actors to pretend they were criminals, but actors on “Mermaids” pretend they’re scientists with nothing but a tiny caveat in the credits to suggest it’s anything but 100% fact.

Animal Planet’s first “Mermaids” installment, “Mermaids: The Body Found,” garnered 3.4 million views during its U.S. telecast premiere on Sunday, May 27, 2012. After the airing, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had to release an official statement putting it, in unequivocal terms, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” Marine biologist David Shiffman wrote an article for Slate explaining why we should stop worrying about mythical sea life and focus on the damage being done to the sea life we know exists. He talks about fisheries where up to 90 percent of a catch is made up of unintended victims. Not the commercial fish, but “endangered sea turtles and sea birds as well as marine mammals.”

So, do mermaids exist?

Science says no. But science is a process of discovery. And, as this tweet’s skepticism of skepticism suggests:

There’s no reason not to believe that they might.

But science is also pretty good at predicting. And just because we haven’t laid eyes on 90% of the ocean, doesn’t mean we don’t have a pretty good idea of what’s going on down there. Just because you haven’t been to your tool shed in a month doesn’t make it any more likely that Bigfoot’s decided to take up residence in there.

Despite this, the fascination with mermaids persists, as the comments on articles like these attest. And why not? It fills the unknown depths of the ocean with hope and wonder rather than fear. Kaplan isn’t exaggerating when she says, “These extraordinary television specials have electrified, challenged, and entertained television audiences.”

Maybe all these numbers mean is we need a little more mystery. It’s been a while since the “X-Files” sent us off to search the skies. How about, instead of a faux doc, we make a show featuring two charismatic FBI agents uncovering the “truth” about mermaids on a weekly basis? Of course, the two attractive agents would be constantly getting soaked and spending most of the episodes half-naked waiting for their clothes to dry. That ought to be enough to blow the ratings numbers for “Mermaids” — ahem — out of the water.