Giant megalodon shark teeth may have inspired Mayan monster myths
Giant fossilized teeth from extinct megalodon sharks may have inspired portrayals of a primordial sea monster in Mesoamerican creation myths, according to a new study of the concepts of sharks in ancient Mayan society.
The study looked at how the Maya combined a practical, prescientific knowledge of sharks with their traditional understanding of the world around them as the creation of gods and monsters.
In the research paper, titled “Sharks in the Jungle: real and imagined sea monsters of the Maya,” published online Nov. 21 in the journal Antiquity, Sarah Newman, an archaeologist at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, wrote that fossilized teeth from the extinct shark species Carcharodon megalodon were used in sacred offerings at several ancient Mayan sites, such as Palenque in southern Mexico, where archaeologists have found 13 megalodon teeth. [See Photos of Megalodon Sharks and How They Inspired Mayan Myths]
Giant megalodon sharks were apex predators of the world’s oceans from around 23 million years ago until 2.6 million years ago. Their teeth, jaws and vertebrae have been found at many sites in Central America.
Newman said ancient Mayan depictions of a sea monster named “Sipak” — also known as Cipactli (which translates to “Spiny One”) to the Aztecs of central Mexico — have a single giant tooth that bears a strong resemblance to the fossilized megalodon teeth from sacred offerings found at Mayan sites.
signs of Siberia's Nessie? A dark creature in the lake and broken fishing nets
By Ann Liesowska 01 November 2016
Andrey Solovyev will spend winter on shores of lake Labynkyr. Braving
temperatures of below minus 50C, and with no other living soul in a radius of
150 kilometres, this 32 year old adventurer walked for ten days to reach one of
Russia's most remote and mysterious lakes in a one-man search for the monster
that is reputed to inhabit its deep waters. He has regularly met brown
bears roaming these wild shores, although they are now ready for hibernation,
and wolves are never far away.But it is a different beast he is seeking to see
and chronicle - Siberia's own Loch Ness monster.Home for him through the winter
is a simple wooden hut overlooking the ice-covered lake. Expeditions here are
rare, but usually academics and others seeking to prove or disprove the
Labynkyr Devil's existence come in summer, when the waters are unfrozen, and
then stay a week or two.Winter temperatures here in the coldest inhabited
district in the world are likely to plummet well under 50C, although this week
the nights are milder, only minus 32C or so. Yet Andrey, from Voronezh, is
undaunted, having already spent 103 days in solitude on the lakeside, living on
fish he catches, wild onion which he gathered and pickled earlier, as well as
mushrooms and berries he collected before the big freeze.
Read rest and see pics here : http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/f0268-new-signs-of-siberias-nessie-a-dark-creature-in-the-lake-and-broken-fishing-nets/
In the 16th century, the so-called “sea monk”
became the talk of Europe. Drawings of the half-man, half-fish “monster”
appeared in naturalists’ tomes and were circulated among naturalists and
members of royal courts across the continent. It was the end of the
Renaissance, when Europeans were enamoured with art, science, philosophy and
exploring the natural world. But over the centuries, the creature, and
talk of it, faded into obscurity. Whatever it was, it was never
definitively identified. The lack of an answer has given scientists and
folklore-loving researchers something to chew on over the years.
Nelson, who died on August 1 aged 95, was a gifted gardener,
indefatigable charity worker and a prize-winning breeder of Highland
cattle at her estate in Argyllshire.
December 30 1933 Jane, her sister Kathleen and their father saw the
Loch Ness monster. In Jane’s own words: “We were driving along Loch Ness
looking for it one very stormy day when suddenly I saw two bumps
sticking out of the water, so we all got out to look at it. Luckily we
had some field glasses, and we watched it for 40 minutes swimming around
in the loch. More and more bumps kept appearing until we finally saw
nine, and then it began swimming away more quickly; but it was snowing
so hard by this time that we lost sight of it.” The sighting was reported with
some excitement in the Inverness Courier. Jane thought she saw the
monster on another occasion a few years later, although it was a less
convincing event: “This time only one huge bump was sticking out and was
going very fast across the loch.”
Loch Ness Monster FOUND at last? Astonishing new photo of Nessie
A WHISKY warehouse worker has taken a picture of what could be one of the most convincing Loch Ness Monster sightings to date.
Amateur photographer Ian Bremner,
58, was driving around the Highlands in search of red deer - but
stumbled instead across the remarkable sight of what appears to be
Nessie swimming in the calm waters of Loch Ness.
The father-of-four spends most of his weekends in the region taking photographs of the stunning natural beauty.
it was not until he got back to his home in Nigg, Invergordon, that he
noticed three humps emerging from the water which he thinks could be the
see photo read rest here : http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/711291/Loch-Ness-Monster-found-at-last-new-photo The photos are coming thick and fast this year. So far none are really convincing .
The owner of the video, a 33-year-old Navy veteran and IT student who
provided a full name but asked to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology
News that the sighting took place back in late July.
” I had placed a motion activated camera trap at the water’s edge. At
4:00 a.m., in the darkness, it recorded video of an unusual animal,” he
The 31-second-long video file, which he titled Champ 2016,
shows footage taken by two different cameras in a split screen
containing something floating or swimming through the dark water.
Read rest see video here : http://cryptozoologynews.com/vermont-navy-veteran-records-champ-monster/
New book on kindle- myths, murder, monsters and magic in modern day Loch Ness
New Cryptofiction book out
mysterious creatures roam the countryside,what is the secret of the horror tunnel and what are the modern day witches up to with the fifth reich? our Friends from the book Dark Ness once again meet cryptids and danger . s
Mother, author, cat lover, amateur cryptozoologist, cook and bottle washer, some times lover, single parent,middle aged,a mad woman without an attic, red wine and chocolate lover.Now housebound due to ill health so an armchair researcher.Too wheezy to sit in a hide and watch for cryptids anymore lol.Have now taken up crafting when I feel able.I now have a Fiction book out on amazon Kindle Dark Ness by Tabitca Cope set in, you guessed it, Loch Ness with monsters , murder , myth and magic.