Thursday, December 10, 2009


I have no intention of doing a daily news feature, but check it out: People are seeing Bigfoot in San Antonio! Loop 1604 and Highway 151 aren't what I call "in town," being out in the overdeveloped unsightly sprawl toward Sea World (which is better than building on the Aquifer Recharge Zone, but still, have you seen the ugly stuff they're building out there? Ugh.); but there's certainly no room for Bigfoot in town.
Local Bigfoot Story from WOAI

Reference is made to an ape filmed raiding a dumpster, which I saw on the news and it did indeed look pretty apelike. For context: Much nearer into town is the Southwest Research Foundation, which has a breeding population of apes for research purposes and was founded by oil millionaire Tom Slick, who also collected art and hunted for the Abominable Snowman. But they aren't missing any apes. However, it was too small to be a Bigfoot - except maybe a juvenile - and the lady they showed the footage too from the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation thought it looked like a macaque. If so, it may be dead by now - we've had two freezes since then.

Dumpster Ape Story

And while I'm posting links, here's a story from far afield and on a different interest track: a promising archeological site in Australia. The populating of Australia is of considerable interest, for its own sake and for its implications for other parts of the world, because there's no traces of any "land bridge" to Australia. It had to be reached by water transport, so they had to have had boats, even though later Australian culture was entirely land-bound. Direct traces of Pleistocene-age boats are unknown in the record and therefore archeologists are reluctant to factor them in - but waterways have been vitally important throughout history, and the presence or absence of a maritime adaptation makes a huge difference in the capacity of a culture to get around and exploit various resources. I am positive that the first Americans had a maritime culture; and some of the scarce early human remains in the Americas have common features with modern Australians; so discoveries in Australia can be relevant to interpreting the American record. It's going to take awhile to work it all out, though.
New Old Site in Australia

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