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Of Men and Pterosaurs

So there I was, roaming ‘teh interwebs’ one last time before entering an extended Christmas weekend and going off radar, when I came across a link tweeted by a fellow Skeptic. It referred to something called ‘Project Pterosaur’. Interesting, I thought. I wonder what that’s about? So in the interest of simple human curiosity I clicked on the link.

Oh, and what glories did I behold! This site is the most fantastically bonkers and bewildering woo-stew I have ever seen. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, vacate the Earth or simply join in the fun these people seem to be having.

The main site is something called objectiveministries.org, and it is an ‘educational resource’ for Creation Science. These kinds of sites are everywhere, the most well-known being answersingenesis.org. They’re all attempts to push very skewed versions of reality onto the public under the pretense that science is some kind of ungodly blight that hides the ‘truth’. This site is no exception. The link above takes you to a particular article on the site, detailing the aforementioned Project Pterosaur.

So, what is this project? I’ll let Dr Richard Paley, the leader of the project explain it in his own words:

“The goal of Project Pterosaur is to mount an expedition to locate and bring back to the United States living specimens of pterosaurs or their fertile eggs, which will be displayed in a Pterosaur Rookery that will be the center piece of the planned Fellowship Creation Science Museum and Research Institute (FCSMRI). Furthermore, the rookery facility will establish a breeding colony of pterosaurs in order to produce specimens that could then be put on display by other regional institutions or church groups.”

Yes, you read that right. Project Pterosaur is an expedition to kidnap living pterosaurs – a clade of creatures the fossil record implies hasn’t existed since the cretaceous period – and put them in a special zoo. Presumably with a big sign saying: “Nur nur! Silly Evolutionists!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bigfoot On Tour

It’s winter and as we all know, birds migrate south to avoid the harsh winter months. Which, as a complete aside, has always left me wondering if people in those more southern climes tend to believe that birds migrate north for summer, to avoid the harsh summer months. But that’s not really important right now. Back to skepticism. Well, it seems birds aren’t the only creatures migrating, or at least holidaying, at the moment – apparently Bigfoot is also having something of a jaunt, having been recorded in the woods of Minnesota, far from his alleged home Pacific Northwest.

The image in question was shot by Minnesota hunter Tim Kedrowski, who claims he was ‘super skeptical’ of the Sasquatch before he accidentally caught the mythical creature on his motion-activated camera. Interesting that Tim was ‘super skeptical’ – regular skeptical would have been enough for me. But then again I’ve never taken photographs of mythical creatures. Neither, I’d wager, has Tim… who’s image of a 7-foot-tall, black creature is eerily reminiscent of a man in a suit pretending to be Bigfoot. Go figure. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Most Unusual Creatures Under The Sun

Seam Monster of Lake Killerny

Sea Monster of Lake Killarny

Now, I must admit, cryptozoology does next to nothing for me. In the leagues of woo, it’s right down there at the bottom, just below Aliens and above Alectryomancy. I think the reason, largely, is that you’ve really got to try hard before you can get harmed by it. You’ve really got to right out there, on a limb, and fully invest before you can wind up getting hurt. It’s not like pseudomedicine, or psychics, or religion – it’s relatively harmless. Relatively.

However, that said, it’s also pretty prevalent in our media and culture, and for that reason alone it deserves attention. How many people would have heard of a certain large body of Scottish water unless there were a purported Beastie living in it? Not many I’d imagine. Which is why I wearily reached for the keyboard when I (foolishly) glanced through The Sun’s website and chanced upon the Lake Killarney Monster. Blahhhhh. But ok, here goes… Read the rest of this entry »

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