Thursday, 29 November 2012

Yeti Stories

Yeti Tales from Climbers

I have said before about at looking at divers sites online for lake creature stories but you will also find interesting stuff on climbers sites as well . Like this sample below.
Everest Yeti and other events: Ang Tshering reports
Dec 12, 2007
( If you are a frequent Himalaya climber, you've had your share of Yeti tales. From Messner's much publicized search expeditions, to the Yeti head in the monastery en route to Everest BC which in fact is the skull of a monkey.
In the past weeks, world media have had another Yeti frenzy - with Reuters this time breaking the news of supposed Yeti tracks found in Nepal. In a later report, there was also news of a runaway elephant in the area. Late last week, Ang Tshering shot over a report with his own take on current events, including the Yeti and a stay with Everest climber Prague mayor Bem who just recently released a book about his eventful climb.
The Yeti
"Recently a team of nine producers from 'Destination Truth' held a press conference in Kathmandu after spending a week in the Khumbu region in search of the Yeti," Ang Tshering writes. "They stated that they had 'discovered footprints that merit further investigation.' While the existence of the Yeti is part of our Sherpa folklore, I have also listened to many theories from researchers and scholars. Over my lifetime in Nepal I have listened to many theories about the existence of the Yeti. And I smile…" "Sherpa herders claim to have made sightings during the winter and summer season when they take their herd to pasture especially in Gokyo valley of Everest Region. While search for the Yeti has been conducted many times in the Nepal Himalaya during the Spring and Autumn season, maybe it is time to have similar studies during the Summer and Winter months?"
Other studies
There are other, less publicized studies ongoing right now, Ang Tshering reports:
"Another type of study was also made very recently by some pioneering Japanese scientists from Keio University, led by Prof. Hiromichi Fukui." "Prof. Fukui and his team set up remote controlled video surveillance equipment that will monitor Imja lake, upstream of the Everest Trail. This surveillance system allows researchers to monitor changes in the lake in real time, allowing early warning systems in case of dangers and also to help further studies to reduce the dangers. These are the sort of research work that we hope to encourage and fund with the Everest Eco-Expedition in 2008."

Early September, Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman for Asian Trekking (P) Ltd and President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, flew to Lhasa for a meeting with CMA & CTMA, in an event attended by high level delegates from Beijing and Lhasa.During the summit, a special banquet was held in honor of Asian Trekking and NMA, hosted by the vice chairman of Tibet autonomous government. As Asian Trekking is the official GSA for CTMA, the agency asked Ang Tshering to be their mouthpiece; and forward any news and updates regarding mountaineering in Tibet and China."It will be my great pleasure and privilege to keep the mountaineering community informed," Ang Tshering said, stating that both organizations will now work close together to effectively and efficiently exchange and provide information.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

extinct species returns more than once and alien life may not be so far fetched

Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study finds
By Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature
Lemmings became "regionally extinct" five times due to rapid climate change during the last Ice Age, scientists have found. Each extinction was followed by a re-colonisation of genetically different lemmings, according to the study. It investigated how Europe's small mammals fared during the era when large numbers of megafauna became extinct. Previously, experts believed that small mammals were largely unaffected during the Late Pleistocene. But when the international research team analysed ancient DNA sequences from fossilised remains of collared lemmings (Dicrostonyx torquarus) from cave sites in Belgium, they were surprised by the results."What we'd expected is that there'd be pretty much just a single population that was there all the way through," said research team member Dr Ian Barnes from the school of biological sciences at Royal Holloway University in Surrey. Instead the tests revealed that genetically distinct populations of lemmings were "present at different points in time" during the Late Pleistocene, 11,700 to around 126,000 years ago, meaning that the lemming population had been wiped out multiple times and then re-colonised some time after, possibly from populations in eastern Europe or Russia
This is interesting for cryptozoologists as if one creature can be extinct and return so could cryptids. Could be the answer to plesiosaur sightings, who knows?

Antarctic lake's clue to alien life
By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website
The discovery of microbes thriving in the salty, sub-zero conditions of an Antarctic lake could raise the prospects for life on the Solar System's icy moons. Researchers found a diverse community of bugs living in the lake's dark environment, at temperatures of -13C.Furthermore, they say the lake's life forms have been sealed off from the outside world for some 2,800 years. Details of the work have been outlined in the journal PNAS. Lake Vida, the largest of several unique lakes found in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, contains no oxygen, is acidic, mostly frozen and possesses the highest nitrous oxide levels of any natural water body on Earth. A briny liquid that is approximately six times saltier than seawater percolates throughout the icy environment. Dr Cynan Ellis-Evans, from the British Antarctic Survey (Bas), who was not involved in the recent research, told BBC News: "There are various lakes that are very salty down there... but this is a really freaky one.
This is so exciting..maybe there is life on frozen planets.

Utah -bigfoot hotspot?

Utahns: Have you joined Bigfoot mania?
By Scott D. Pierce  The Salt Lake Tribune
Last month, a video was posted on YouTube purporting to show Bigfoot in Provo Canyon.
The video made the rounds, even getting some play on ABC News. While it seemed to convince some viewers, others thought it looked like a guy in a gorilla suit .What many people didn’t realize is that the video was just one of many Bigfoot sightings in Utah. "Dozens and dozens. Probably hundreds," said Michael Slade, a professional photographer who chronicles on his website local sightings of what many believe is a giant apelike creature. "I’m not hunting Bigfoot," Slade said. "I’m hunting Bigfoot stories."And there seem to be a lot of Bigfoot stories circulating in pop culture right now.Earlier this year, TV shows from "South Park" to "The Newsroom" have used the idea of the creature as a pivotal plot point. In May 2011, Animal Planet began airing a weekly series all about "Finding Bigfoot."There have been sightings in 49 of the 50 states — all but Hawaii — and around the globe, and similar stories that go back centuries. "Either there is a Bigfoot, and all these people have seen it," according to Slade, "or there’s not a Bigfoot, and everybody has had similar psychosomatic, mentally traumatic experiences throughout eons of time and across vast continents

Monday, 26 November 2012

Bigfoot the apple stealer?

What are the odds? Sasquatch researcher says Bigfoot ravaged apple orchard in his backyard – and he has video to prove it
Skeptical authorities say ‘Bigfoot’ is more likely just an owl.
By Christine Roberts / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Frank Siecienski claims the video pictured above shows Bigfoot and its young scaring away a coyote.
A Vermont man insists he spotted Bigfoot in his backyard – and he says he’s got video to prove it.
Frank Siecienski of Hubbarton first thought that it was only a deer ravaging the apple orchard that stands on his property last year.“I pointed it out to my wife and she says 'oh God,' the deer must have been hungry,” he told WCAX-TV this April. “And I said no, a deer couldn't have eaten that many apples in one night.”So the self-described Sasquatch researcher set up a camera to keep watch of what was going on outside.The footage, he claims, shows Bigfoot and its young scaring away a coyote."They're very mysterious animals and they're a night creature and they are very intelligent,” Siecienski told ABC 22. “I just hope he comes back.”

Sunday, 25 November 2012

bigfoot a Homo sapien hybrid?

Bigfoot' DNA Sequenced In Upcoming Genetics Study
Five-Year Genome Study At DNA Diagnostics Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 24, 2012
A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.
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 This hybrid idea has been suggested before by others and that bigfoot met our ancestors see here :
At the moment these findings and research into the DNA samples are still controversial and have not been accepted by the scientific community at large.It will be interesting to see what comes out of this announcement.

Friday, 23 November 2012

terror bird was no terror

Giant Eocene bird was 'gentle herbivore', study finds
By Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature
Footprints believed to have been made by the giant bird Diatryma indicate that it was a "gentle herbivore" and not a fierce carnivore, scientists say. A team of researchers from Washington, US, examined tracks uncovered in a landslide in 2009.Previous investigations have suggested the giant bird was a carnivorous predator or scavenger. But the absence of raptor-like claws in the footprints supports the theory that Diatryma was not a meat-eater. Measuring 7ft (2.13m) tall and with a huge head and beak, the giant flightless bird Diatryma (believed by some experts to belong to the genus Gastornis) is commonly portrayed as a fierce predator in both scientific works and popular media. The animal is frequently thought as "the bird that replaced dinosaurs as the top predator", said geologist and team member George Mustoe, from Western Washington University in Bellingham, US.