Friday, August 30, 2013

Last child in the woods

  The title comes from Richard Louv book Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature deficint
desorder. I thought this title was approperate for this article, after suffing in cyperspace I stop by the Center For Fortean Zoology website and came across a article by David Attenborough "I would have never been a naturalist under today's fossil laws". Being a important subject I thought to repost the article here in hopes of reaching more people, and keep the idea fresh in people thoughts.The link for the article can be found here . In the article it addresed one part of the promblem "Part of the reason for that is easy to identify, and that is because it's no longer allowed-no longer legal-to be a collector." Starting and maintaining a Natural history collection is a important part of being a Naturalist.  There is multiple cause for why children spend less time outdoors and why they have less access to nature; our growing addiction to electronic media, the relinquishment of green spaces to development, parent's exaggered fears of natural and human preadors, and the threat of lawsuits and vandalism that has prompted community officals to forbid accers to their land.    
    As if there aren't enough real concerns in life, a segment of the media and goverment find it useful to maintain their flow of money and power by keeping everyone as scared as possible and dependent upon them for "protection." This tendency is bad news for wildlife. What are kids supposed to think when being confronted with animals? "Animals are hazardous and should only be dealt with by experts. Don't go into the woods or you might encounter a wild animal and get hurt. Who needs to have places like that around, with dangerous wild creatures lurking in them?" The wildlife shows today are a mixed bleasing. While highlighting the wonders and diversity of the natural world, the "animal jockys" also try hard to amp up viewers adrenaline by constanly uttering phrasses like "deadly","extremly risk" and "death-defying" Psedo-conservation followers love this whole approach, because it fuels their agenda to break direct contact with wildlife. This fits right in with their goals of eliminating Herps and other animals as pets. Why do you think the Humane society of the United States (HSUS), the most anti-herp organization out there, runs commercials during those shows?

 Conservationist John Clare said "I for one would not be a scientist if it weren't for my encounters with amphibians in captivity as a child".

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Batutut and the Orang pendix the same cryptid. .


There is a well known naturalist named Dr. John Mackinnon who  discovered the Vu Quang ox in 1992 and other new Vietnamese ungulates such as the giant muntjac. Dr. John Mackinon has been working for conservation advisor to the world wide fund for nature and now director of the asian Bureau of conservation. He has also undertaken a major review of china's biodiversity and stablished a program to conserve the rain forest of southwestern Yunnan. As a relable witness goes you cann't get any better than Dr. John Mackinnon who in his book In search of the red ape. Is where we will see why that it is best to lump the Batutut and Orang pendix together as one cryptid.

   " I was travelling alone along a hill ridge on the far side of the river where I had never ventured before. The path was good, though rather muddy, and I haven't had a care in the world. Suddenly I stopped dead, amazed at what I saw. I knelt down to examine the disturbing footprints in the earth, a print so like a man's yet so defintely not a man's that my skin crept and felt a strong desire to head home. The print was roughly triangular in shape, about six inches long by four across. The toes looked quite human, as did the shapely heel, but the sole was both too short and to broad to be that of a man and the big toe was on the oppisite side to what seemed to be the arch of the foot. Farther ahead I saw more tracks and went to examine them. There where imprints of both left and right feet, though which was which I could not tell from their curious distribution. Many of the prints had been obliterated by recent pigs but a few were quite clear and I made drawings of some of these and notes of their relative postions.I found two dozen footprints in all, scattered along some fifty yards of path. Back at camp I showed Bahat my sketches and asked what animal could make such tracks. Without a moment's hesitation he replaid Batutut. When I suggested that perhaps a bear could make such prints, his pride was wonded. ' They are to big for a bear and they have no claws. Morover, bears tracks are diffent shap.' I secured photographs of the feet of sun-bears and inded they were too small and diffently shaped to be responsable for the tracks I seen. Later I saw a plaster cast of even larger footprint from malaya that had definitely been made by the same animal, there known as orang-pendik, or short fellow."  - Dr. John Mackinnon (In search of the red ape - 113 -114)  

 With footprints being the fact of the matter and they can be treated scientifically. We should listen to Dr.John Mackinnon who said that the footprints came from the same animal. So by this a relable witness with scientifc training we should not split the Batutut and Orang pendix but lump them together as the same animal until a holo type (typespecimen) is uptained for classification. Instead of splinting them apart by cryptozoologist and treading them as seprate cryptid do to anatodole reports by witness who can be wrong, we have strong evidence against this argument. Roy P. Mackal said it best "At this stage of our inadequate knowledge I beleive it is best to be a "lumper" rather than a "spliter" and not to pay too much attention to what appear to be minor differences."


For futher information -

In search of Orang pendex -

Frontiers Of Zoology  -

Refernces -

1. Dr. John Mackinnon, In search of the red ape. p 113- 114 .

2. Roy P. Mackal, Search for hidden animals: An Inquiry into zoological mysteries p26

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bigfoot and the Paranormal

   (Blog will be up and running on January 7,2013  this is a example of the writting that will be found here.)

    Bigfoot and the paranormal is one of  largest taboo topic in cryptozoology today. Either you beleive that bigfoot has paranormal abilitys two examples been able to teleport to other dinemintions. People point to the fact of footprints trails suddenly comming to a end in the snow and is proff of bigfoot teleporting. The other example is a connection with UFO such reports are not new but go's back 200 years to indian ledgands. The Gabrielno indians of Southern Califorina believed in the existence of towis or takwis, a giant hairy cannibal, who was associated with bright flashes of light and flying luminescent balls. On the other side bigfoot resarchers beleive that bigfoot is flesh and blood animal, and has no paranormal ability. When reports oe evidence points to the paranormal activity and bigfoot. The resarcher will not write down any reports, or record the evidence. They will also not read reports in ther area of resarch. If we are ever going to prove or refute that bigfoot is a biological species we need to change the way we look at bigfoot in the paranormal context. 

 This is shown in the overall process of cryptozoology, why we need to change are thinking. the overall process is.
1. Recognize a cryptid
2.Gather information on cryptid along with information pertiment to enviromental and ecological characters. 3.Determine a means of obtaining suffient physical evidence to confirm or refute the existence of a previously unknown biological species.
 So far we have recognize a cryptid "bigfoot" but when it comes to step two we either don't record all the information avaliable.Or we jump to conclusion with no hard evidence to back up the oppion. Both of this lead us to missing information available so that we can use to determine a means of obtaining suffient phsical evidence.Such if we look at are two examples of bigfoot and paranormal ability.1.Footprints trails disapearing in the snow and 2.Bigfoot and a UFO connection. Starting with the first exampe we see with information gathering shows that some bigfoot trails suddenly disapear with out a trace, or stop suddenly. Such as tracks being followed in the snow and in the nmiddle of a open field disappearing. So with several reports available with this same pattern we can move on to. Examine all the evidence left behind critically not to force a conclucion but to establish a baseline of facts upon further resarch can depend. Been footprints a simple formula is either some of the footprints are feal or all are fake. The footprints are the fact of the matter. These can be treated scientifically for a couple of reasons: first you can measure and record them, and second other people can look at the imprints as well.
   After examing several of this tracks to determine if they may be real. We move to step three to determine a means of obtainning suffient physical evidence. We see that this pattern of foot prints been able to disappear isa known fact within the animal kingdom bear biologist Gary Alts first documented this in Ursus americanus (Black Bear). He notice that when U.americanus (Black Bear) where been track they would back track in there own foot steps. So with understanding how animals does this and why we can apply this to field work. When comming up to a track way it should be marked on a map, GPS ect. then not followed but best determing a direction with cover that would keep a animal elusive and well hidden. We might have been closer to a Bigfoot than we have ever relized. Looking at our second example of Bigfoot and a UFO connection we see some reports contain sighting of Bigfoot seen with lights. This is not associated in any zoological liteature but experiments by the US military and others indicate that infrasound has a profound psychological and physical effects one of them been visual hallucinations. They is no way of knowing this one for sure but Bigfoot resarchers have shown bigfoot might use infrosound. Which seems to be a good hypothesis to test. The most common use of infosound being, used a communication. Using communication as a possible starting point for uptaining phsical evidence. Looking to eyewitness accounts.One vocalization attributed to sasquatch are whistles. Whistling plays an important role in human communicate the practice is found in cultures where individuals are often isolated from one another,and are most often used in mountainous regions or dense forest. These conditions seem to parrallel those attributed to the behavior and habitat of Bigfoot, and suggest that Whisting would be a very appropriate form of communication for a solitary primate in mountains covered in dense forest.

 Using the casoware as a archtype 'Casuarius spp. (Cassowary) calls at such low frequencies are probably idea for communication among widely dipersed solitary cassowaries in dense rainforest," Published in the Auk. A hypthosis to test would be using a call blasting technique with sound recording of a whistle starting at 23 Hz then slowly moving up to 32Hz.
   When it comes to recording eyewithesis reports we should not exclude any paranormal reports from bigfoot resarch database. 
   I will leave you with the words of John Mackinnon from his book in search of the Red ape. "Excellent pioneer field studies had already been carried out on the gorilla and gibion. but the other ape, the orangutan, remained something ofan enigma. Several expeditions had attempted to learn about this rare and elusive creature but, apart from Barbara Harrisson's work with captive animals, little was known about its behaviour and social organisation in the wild."