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The Best of 2006
Not a real memorable year, but we will cover a few highlights
Cambodian Dinosaur Carving
The jungle temples of Cambodia were produced by the Khmer civilization, beginning in the the eighth century and lasting through the fourteenth century A.D. They were rediscovered by Portuguese adventurers and Catholic missionaries in the 16th century and many were restored in 19th and 20th centuries. Ta Prohm, is unrestored, and was used for the setting of a Lara Crofts movie. It is here that a carving that looks very much like a Stegosaur has been discovered.
While most of the picture is pretty consistent with a Stegosaur, the head is not. It is too big and lacks the beak and looks more like a triceratops. Evidence of a hoax, or artisans making the best of secand hand knowledge. So is this another tantalizing hint that dinosaurs may have persisted into human times, or simply a stylized version of another, conventional animal? For example the Borneo Rhinoceros was on the mainland in historic times, and perhaps the artists has been set against a big-leafed backdrop. Another suggestion has been that its a stylized dog in an aggressive pose with its hair up. Could the Lara crofts crew (or someone else) have perpetrated a hoax?
As usual the flat earth bible crew have jumped onto this as evidence that 'evolution' is wrong. I don't understand why they believe that surviving relic populations of dinosaurs prove evolution wrong. All it would prove is that relic populations of dinosaurs have survived into humans times from the Mezoic, just like the coelacanth managed to do. There is vigorous discussion at cryptomundo
The Yeti LobsterA new crustacean that looks like a lobster covered in silky, blond fur has been discovered in the South Pacific. Because of it's silky coat the creature has been called the "Yeti Lobster." Scientists have labelled it with its own genus and species, Kiwa hirsute, "Kiwa" after the goddess of shellfish in native Polynesian culture and "hirsute" 'cause it's a hairy critter.
This blind crustacean has a white shell and 10 legs and is is 15 centimetres from tip to toe. It was discovered in March 2005 by a group organised by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, using the famous submersible DSV Alvin. The creature was found at a depth of 2,200 m, living on hydrothermal vents along the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge, 1,500 km south of Easter Island. More...
Lake Windermere Monster
A good sighting of a Lake Monster from Lake Windermere in the UK.
Lake 'monster' sighting - from The Westmorland Gazette
The Centre for Fortean Zoology has investigated this, click here
Let's hope we have a better year next year. Maybe the Ropen or a bigfoot or two.