Friday 28 October 2011

bigfoot hunter in the news and Smithsonian says no living dinosaurs

Bigfoot: is he out there in our woods?
Personal contact becomes quest for proof in Cowichan
By Kevin Rothbauer, Citizen October 28, 2011  
Growing up on the prairies, the oldest daughter of a dad who liked to hunt, Cindy Dosen learned plenty about hunting and animal behaviour.But what happened to her four and a half years ago, an incident that changed her life, was unlike anything she witnessed during those years."Having that experience [hunting] really prepared me for going out in the woods," said Dosen. "But it did not prepare me for what I heard that day."It was around 12: 45 p.m. on April 2, 2007, and Dosen was taking photographs near Maple Mountain of tree structures that resembled bigfoot evidence she had previously seen online. Suddenly, a group of deer ran past on a game trail, clearly fleeing something - Dosen suspected a cougar.When she emerged onto the road, she could see a dark shadow, and took off running back to where she had parked. The creature she had spotted repeatedly let out a "yell/scream/roar" - she later came close to duplicating the noise online by combining the sound of a mountain gorilla and an African lion - and followed her, about 20 metres behind, she suspects, breaking trees and pushing bushes over, until she got to her car."It's like it was herding me along," she recalled.Dosen drove home to Duncan, walked in the door and started crying, bewildered as to what had just happened.

Living Sauropods? No Way
In the annals of science fiction, humans and non-avian dinosaurs have been brought together in a variety of ways. Genetic engineering experiments and time travel are probably the most common these days, but I have always had a soft spot for tales of “lost worlds.” What could be more fantastic than dinosaurs that somehow escaped extinction and persisted in some isolated spot for 65 million years? My childhood self really wanted someone to find a living Tyrannosaurus, Apatosaurus, or Triceratops in some remote locale, and that wish was fed by reports that one elusive dinosaur was hiding in Africa.
First thing first—living dinosaurs certainly do exist. We know them as birds, and a combination of fossil discoveries and laboratory research has confirmed the evolutionary connection between birds and feather-covered maniraptoran dinosaurs. But from time to time, people have proposed that non-avian dinosaurs may also still be hanging around.
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