Tuesday, 23 June 2015

our need for monsters

Our deep need for monsters that lurk in the dark
Sea monsters are the stuff of legend - lurking not just in the depths of the oceans, but also the darker corners of our minds. What is it that draws us to these creatures, asks Mary Colwell. "Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters," wrote Stephen King in his novel The Shining. Many academics agree. "They don't really exist, but they play a huge role in our mindscapes, in our dreams, stories, nightmares, myths and so on," says Matthias Classen, assistant professor of literature and media at Aarhus University in Denmark, who studies monsters in literature. "Monsters say something about human psychology, not the world." They lurk in the deepest recesses, they prowl through our ancestral minds appearing in the half-light, under the bed - or at the bottom of the sea. One Norse legend talks of the Kraken, a deep sea creature that was the curse of fishermen. If sailors found a place with many fish, most likely it was the monster that was driving them to the surface. If it saw the ship it would pluck the hapless sailors from the boat and drag them to a watery grave
Read rest see pics here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33226376

 Do we have a need for monsters? I think we all like to be scared and are intrigued and excited by the thought of them.Certainly makes life more interesting .

Friday, 12 June 2015

new book

I have a new book on kindle: The Weird  Helmet. Is there a Scottish bigfoot  roaming the Galloway Hills and leaving body parts for walkers to find? Is there really a plant that can eat humans? Another adventure for Laura Loomis and friends and the Knights of the Talisman.


Friday, 5 June 2015

new giant marine fossil finds

Scientists Discover 7-Foot ‘Lobster’ Fossils
New Haven, Conn. (CBS CONNECTICUT) — Paleontologists discovered human-sized “lobsters” that lived on earth 480 million years ago, with the 7-foot sea monsters being some of the largest animals alive during that time period.
The newly-discovered marine monster, named Aegirocassis benmoulae, was discovered by Moroccan fossil hunter Mohamed Ben Moula, Sci-News reports. The finding reveals animals that were unique to any other arthropods at the time.“This would have been one of the largest animals alive at the time,” said Dr. Allison Daley of Oxford University, co-author of the paper published in the journal Nature. “These animals are filling an ecological role that hadn’t previously been filled by any other animal.”
This comes as researchers discovered giant shark fossils the size of two-story buildings just outside Fort Worth, Texas. The massive predators prowled shallow sea water 100 million years ago, according to study co-author Joseph Frederickson of the University of Oklahoma.
The ancient sea monster, Leptostyrax macrorhiza, may push back scientists’ estimations of when such gigantic sharks evolved, LiveScience reports.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Missing link in shark evolution found

'Missing link' in shark evolution found in 380m-year-old Australian fossil
Fossilised skeleton found in Kimberley shows sharks once had bone cells within cartilage, suggesting a sophisticated evolutionary path.A 380m-year-old fossil found in Western Australia has been hailed as the “missing link” in shark evolution, revealing the marine predator has a far more sophisticated lineage than previously thought.The fossilised skeleton, jaws and teeth, found at the Gogo formation in the Kimberley region of WA, shows the ancient shark had a small amount of bone as well as cartilage.As modern-day sharks have fully cartilage skeletons, the fossil suggests they evolved from an earlier, bonier fish, transforming to a cartilage skeleton to make them lighter, more nimble and quicker through the water.It was previously thought that sharks came from a primitive lineage that didn’t ever develop bone, unlike other fish.
“That idea of shark evolution has been completely turned on its head,” said palaeontologist John Long of Flinders University, who discovered the fossil. “Cartilage is seen as the precursor to bone, so sharks must be primitive because they never developed bone. This fossil suggests sharks went in the opposite direction because modern sharks lost bone.”

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Bones of ancient human found, new species

New species' of ancient human found
By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report. Researchers discovered jaw bones and teeth, which date to between 3.3m and 3.5m years old. It means this new hominin was alive at the same time as several other early human species, suggesting our family tree is more complicated than was thought. The study is published in the journal Nature. The new species has been called Australopithecus deyiremeda, which means "close relative" in the language spoken by the Afar people.
Read rest here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32906836

Maybe they will  find a relative to bigfoot soon. There seem to have been many variants of humans in the early days so who knows Bigfoot Fans ,a relative may yet turn up.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Another Bigfoot type creature The Wawa Grande .

The Wawa Grande or the Monster of the Cajas Mountains in Ecuador has been around for 200 years according to stories.It  is similar to a Bigfoot being described as a tall hairy humanoid creature. Reports say it is up to 8 feet tall ,weighs up to 400 lbs and depending on the witness can have red, white, grey or brown/blackish hair. Sometimes it walks on all fours ,sometimes it stands upright on two legs.
The creature had been sighted several times in the 1980s. In July 1988 a Scottish hiker claimed  he was attacked by two Wawa Grandes. The man named as Robert Burns said he sheltered in a cave from a snow storm and was attacked  and thrown out of the cave. He was treated at Cuenca hospital for a broken arm, lacerations and bite marks .
In 1997 a guide, Carlos Castro, said he took video of the creature during a hike with three German tourists. He also  claims to have seen the creature on  another occasion.
In 2008 and 2009 that there was another rash of sightings in a small but very high area of the National Park. Two Swedish Hikers in 2009 saw a Wawa Grande and a photo they said they took appeared in a Swedish Newspaper in July 2009.
An article published in May 2013 said that some British tourists has seen the creature in April and taken photos. One of them is a scientist and he said he could not explain what he saw except it  was a hairy humanoid with  light coloured fur .The photos have never been released to the media.

So another bigfoot type creature. Whether you think they are real or not, it is interesting that all the descriptions of these creatures from all over the world have similar characteristics. Some have been reported to show aggression. So large unknown  apes or gorillas or something else, a relic humanoid perhaps?