Sunday, August 31, 2014

Inter-Dimensional Bigfoot???

Can Bigfoot travel in Dimensions
Is Bigfoot Inter-Dimensional?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!



Inter-Dimensional Bigfoot???
Before You Laugh, Read This
By Dorraine Fisher

Some people watching sasquatches on a regular basis might think they seem like magical beings. But if sasquatches are watching us,  what do you think they might think about us? Do you think they might be thinking we have magical powers? This opens up a whole new train of thought about what “magic” really is. Maybe it’s just something that the other side of the thought process simply doesn’t understand or have an explanation for.

There are lots of weird claims being made about bigfoot these days.  And it would be easy to simply blow them all off as ramblings and delusions. But we’re smarter than that.  And I think, in the interest of being fair to the subject and doing justice to the research as a whole, we need to examine these claims that are being made all too often.  We can only come to definitive conclusions about the existence of anything only after we’ve ruled certain things out.  So here goes.

We’re hearing more and more lately about bigfoot’s supposed ability to travel between dimensions or time travel.  Are they crazy ideas?  Well maybe. But the problem is, I can’t find a way to completely rule them out, and here’s why.

For years, I’ve listened to stories of bigfoot encounters.  Some seemed mostly normal, or as normal as a bigfoot sighting can possibly be.  But others border on the side of “just plain weird.”  There are so many strange stories of strange things that can’t be explained away by normal means.  And there are so many things about them that keep them from being placed in any conventional animal category.  Every time we think we have it figured out, more strange theories pop up.  So, why all this weirdness?

All too often, I’ve heard of researchers coming across a bigfoot foot print;  meaning one. One print on a trail where there should be more prints all the way down the line.  But no more are found. Why does this happen?  Did the creature just stray off the path and simply leave no more prints? There’s not always evidence to suggest that, but it’s possible. Though more often than not, it just seems the foot prints stop abruptly.

And what about all those claims that the creature, “just seemed to vanish into thin air.”  First it was there…and then suddenly it wasn’t.   There are more and more claims like this every day.  And there might be a simple explanation. But in light of the evidence the way we see it, can we really rule out other, stranger possibilities?

I mean, let’s examine this carefully.  Anyone who’s taken the time to do good research and take a long hard look at the evidence they find, has come to the conclusion, at least in part, that these creatures just might be unique in the animal world; that there’s something really different about them.  It’s not that big of a stretch to think this if you’re really digging deep.  If you think about it, humans are unique in the animal world too.  How many creatures out there have evolved in the way we have? How many animals have evolved the same skill set we have? By that standard, humans might be the weirdest, most “magical” creatures of all.  So why is it so hard to imagine that sasquatches might be completely unique too?

And with all that in mind, can we even wrap our minds around the crazy idea of a bigfoot that time travels, travels between dimensions, or skips back and forth between parallel universes?
The problem is, there’s no easy way to prove something like this about sasquatches one way or the other. At least not until they themselves can explain it to us.  But what’s interesting is that the laws of physics as they are understood right now, do not rule out the possibility of this.  So does that mean we can assume that it is actually possible? In my book, anything that can’t be proven to be impossible, now becomes possible.  Physics is finding more every day that ANYTHING is possible.  To say something’s impossible in this day and age has become ludicrous.  Especially if you play close attention to what’s going on in theoretical physics.

In the following video, theoretical physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku explains how time travel is possible.  See what you think.    ********DF
   





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Friday, August 29, 2014

New Video Of A Possible Bigfoot Near Deer Feeder

Still Frame from EKBR video


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


New Video Of A Possible Bigfoot Near Deer Feeder

I ran across this very recent video of a possible Bigfoot near a deer feeder. It was posted by Eastern Kentucky BigFoot Research (EKBR) and show some type of creature moving about on the treeline. I contacted EKBR and ask if I could attempt to enhance the video and they said yes, so a big thinks to them. Here is the enhanced version of the video.


Bigfoot Near Deer Feeder - Enhancement by TheCryptoCrew

Now, I'm not sure this is a Bigfoot, I heard some say it could be a deer but the first picture seems a little odd to me. I guess it could be a deer standing on it's hind legs but I can't say for sure. It is a interesting little clip and the figure looks like it is on the side of the tree in the first photo....but deer don't climb trees...right?
Could it be a Bigfoot?
What do you think it is?

Again a special thanks to EKBR, Make sure to stop by their facebook page and give them a like. (Click Here )

Thanks
~Tom~


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Strange Humanoid Creature Video

What is it?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!


 Strange Humanoid Creature Video

Once in a while we find a video of something that's just plain weird.   And although we don't know if it's real or not, it causes us to take a second look. Check out this video from the UK of what appears, at first glance and at full speed, a skinny dog running across the road. But if we slow it down and zoom in a bit, it appears to be a strange humanoid creature running across on all fours...and at a pretty fast rate of speed. What do you think this is?  Something real or some type of effects?



 
 
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Neanderfoot? I don't think so...



This is a guest post by Shawn O'Steen. Shawn is currently finishing degrees in Theology and Psychology. Prior to this, he studied Anthropology and Fish & Wildlife Science at Oregon State. He has also studied Civil Engineering, Cartography, GIS, & Geomatics. Shawn resides in Souther Mississippi with his wife and 3 children.


 Neanderfoot? I don't think so...

 
Much has been written, and many hypotheses posited about the potential origins of the legendary Sasquatch of North America.  These guesses have ranged from aliens (Ruehl, 2012) to Biblical giants (Morehead, 2013), ancient giant apes that escaped extinction (Krantz, 1999), a separate branch on the same evolutionary tree that humans are said to have come from (Morehead, 2014), or perhaps a surviving relict population of some already discovered ancestral fossil hominin.  In fact, the Russian Almas in the Caucasus Mountains has been long suggested to be a relict population of Neanderthals (Shackley, 1986).
I have written this post in response to another blog post suggesting that Bigfoot in the Eastern U. S. are also Neanderthals (Drinnon, 2014), and are likely not directly related to the much larger Sasquatch of the Pacific Northwest.  Some of the reasoning behind this hypothesis is that Eastern Bigfoot seem to average less in height (around 7 feet tall) than their Western counterparts (around 8 feet tall for adult males), are much less bulky, and seem to have a flatter, more human-like face.  This information was gathered from a vast number of sightings reports from all across the country, after which the differences were noticed (bfro.com, gcbro.com).

Above sketch by Scott Marlowe from the site floridaskunkape.com. Scott is very
knowledgeable and has written many excellent books on a variety of
cryptozoological subjects.

I will demonstrate clearly why Bigfoot or Sasquatch-like creatures on the North American continent are definitely not Neanderthals by comparing the morphology of Neanderthals with Sasquatch reports as well as with modern humans, and then I will review what we know about the DNA of all 3 so far to further demonstrate the fallacy of this hypothesis.

First, I’ll describe, per the average sighting report (again, see bfro.com and gcbro.com), the average adult male Eastern Bigfoot:

1) He is 7 feet tall
2) He is 300-350 lbs. minimum (Shaq O’Neil is 7 feet tall and just over 300 lbs., and he doesn’t look overly massive unless he is standing next to an average sized person)
3) He has a 15-16” foot
4) He appears to have no neck
5) He is very massive with wide shoulders
6) He does not have an overly sized head for his body
7) He demonstrates no ability to make or use fire or tools, and demonstrates no culture that has not been observed in living non-human primates.

Now, I’ll describe the average adult modern American male:

1) He is 5’ 9.5” tall
2) He is 180 lbs.
3) He has an 11” foot
4) He has an obvious neck
5) He is delicately built compared to all other apes and ancestral hominins
6) His head is not overly large for his body, compared to other primates (Center for Disease Control, 2012)


Lastly, I’ll describe the average Neanderthal male, according to data gathered in 2010 from all the measurable remains available:

1) He is 5’6” tall, shorter than modern man and much, much shorter than a Bigfoot (H., 1998).
2) He is 160 lbs., much less than the average modern human, and less than half that of what a healthy Sasquatch is estimated to be (Churchill & Froehle, 2009).
3) He has a 9” foot
4) He has an obvious neck
5) He is massively built with very thick bones, short legs that are naturally bowed, arms that are longer than his legs but which are still short, wide shoulders, and wide hips, all making his body look very short, thick, and blocky.
6) His head is huge compared to his body.  He does not have a sagittal crest, but he has massive jaws, a thick brow ridge, a huge nose, and most obviously a massive occipital bun (back part of the skull) that extends rearward giving him a cranial capacity far greater than our own (O'Neil, 2011)
7) He is very adept at fire and tool creation and use, and has a culture demonstrating religion and art.
8) He carries a variant of the MC1R gene that is not present in humans, and which produces red hair and fair skin that is very sensitive to sunlight (Rincon, 2007).

The photo on the above left demonstrates how much larger the average modern
adult male human is than the average adult Neanderthal, while the photo on the
right demonstrates how much larger the skull of the Neanderthal is than that of the
modern human. Photos are from Mathilda's Anthropology Blog.
The above photos, all taken from Wikipedia Commons, demonstrate the great
difference in size and shape between the skulls of Neanderthals and modern
humans. Keep in mind that the skulls in the bottom photo are not presented at the
same angle. Note the significant prognathism in the Neanderthal skull, along with
the very large occupital bun. The top right picture shows a very good comparison
between the size and shape of the two species.

Now I’ll cover the DNA evidence.  Regardless of what you think about Dr. Ketchum’s study, there is no doubt that all the viable samples returned human mtDNA (Ketchum, 2013).  As a reminder, mtDNA is only passed down by the mother, so in order to have human mtDNA (other than through contamination) you MUST have a human female in your ancestry.  Many other samples that were tested prior to and after her study have returned results with human mtDNA as well.  We know that she also tested NuDNA, but that doesn’t figure in to this post.

NuDNA testing is expensive, and until the past few years it was ridiculously expensive, so all the DNA tests done on Neanderthal remains only tested mtDNA.  Based on those results, it was thought that we were not related to Neanderthals at all, because Neanderthal mtDNA contained NO DNA in common with us (later NuDNA showed non-Africans likely possess 1-4% of our genes in common with them, [Green, 2010]).  If you couple the fact that alleged Bigfoot mtDNA is nearly identical to human mtDNA, and Neanderthal mtDNA is nothing like human mtDNA, then there is virtually no chance that Eastern Bigfoot are relict Neanderthals.

That, my friends, is as close as we can get to the Null Hypothesis in regard to relict Neanderthals and Bigfoot within reasonable parameters (Zimmer, 2014).

~Shawn


References
Center for Disease Control. (2012). Anthropometric Data for Children and Adults: United States, 2007-2010. Waashington, D. C.: U. S. Government Printing Office.
Churchill, S. E., & Froehle, A. W. (2009). Energetic Competition Between Neandertals and Anatomically Modern Humans. The Paleoanthropology Society, 96-116.
Drinnon, D. (2014, April 28). Eastern Bigfoot/Neanderthal Skull Comparison. Retrieved from Frontiers of Anthropology: http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com.tr/2014/04/eastern-bigfoot-neanderthal-skull.html
H., H. (1998). Body Height, Body Mass and Surface Area of the Neanderthals. National Center for Biotechnology Information, 1-12. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9850627
Ketchum, M. (2013). Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies. DeNovo Journal of Science.
Krantz, G. S. (1999). Bigfoot Sasquatch evidence. Surrey, B. C.: Hancock House Publishers, Ltd.
Morehead, R. (2013, June 3). The Nephilim Theory. Retrieved from The Bigfoot Recordings: http://www.bigfootsounds.com/the-nephilim-theory/
Morehead, R. (2014, June 22). Bigfoot Evolution and Creation Hypothesis. Retrieved from The Bigfoot Recordings: http://www.bigfootsounds.com/bigfoot-evolution-creation-hypothesis/
Rincon, P. (2007, October 25). Neanderthals 'were flame-haired'. Retrieved from BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7062415.stm
Ruehl, F. P. (2012, June 7). Is Bigfoot Possibly an Alien Entity? Retrieved from Huffington Post Weird: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-franklin-ruehl-phd/is-bigfoot-possibly-an-alien_b_1578844.html
Shackley, M. (1986). Still Living? Yeti, Sasquatch, and the Neanderthal Enigma. New York: W W Norton & Co., Inc.
Zimmer, C. (2014, August 7). Why We Can't Rule Out Bigfoot. Retrieved from Nautilus: http://nautil.us/issue/16/nothingness/why-we-cant-rule-out-bigfoot
 O'Neil, D. D. (2011, November 9). Evolution of Modern Humans: Neanderthals. Retrieved November 16, 2011, from EVOLUTION OF MODERN HUMANS: A Survey of the Biological and Cultural Evolution: http://anthro.palomar.edu/homo2/mod_homo_2.htm
Richard E. Green, e. a. (2010, May 6). A Draft Sequencing of the Neanderthal Genome. Retrieved November 18, 2011, from Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology: http://www.eva.mpg.de/neandertal/press/presskit-neandertal/pdf/Science_Green.pdf







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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chasing Shadows

photo of 27 or more bigfoot
"No less than 27 Bigfoot in this photo"


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Chasing Shadows

We have all seen them, you know the ones I'm talking about, the pictures of some beautiful dense mountain scenery. Then the next picture of the same exact picture will have 27 yellow circles on it and a caption that reads "no less than 27 Bigfoot in this photo".  Really?

Oh yes, most of the people who post photos like this are serious, but for the typical observer there is just simply nothing in the photographs that could be a Bigfoot. Some of the photo do contain tree stumps and dark shadows, but that don't equal Bigfoot.

It makes me wonder how long this type of thing has been going on. Have others over the years seen Bigfoot in every photo of foliage?

With the explosion of social media, this type of thing has really been pushed to the for front in the Bigfoot research arena. And regardless of what the poster tells everyone, these photos of stumps, shadows and leaves do not help the validity of Bigfoot research.

There are numerous individuals who post 100's if not 1000's of photos to social media sites, mostly Facebook, and make outlandish claims of multiple Bigfoot in every photo. Have they ever taken a photo without a Bigfoot in it? Some will tell you "No", that ever picture they take while out researching has a Bigfoot in it.

What I continue to find amazing is that these attention seekers tent to slowly build a loyal following. A following of people who will defend their Bigfoot rock star and their photos, tooth and nail. They are ready to fight you if you say stuff like "I don't see it" or  "their is no Bigfoot in the picture".

If you ask too many question or say you don't see anything, you get replies of  "you have to train your eyes to see them" or "it's cloaking, that is why it's hard to see".  So it is invisible but you can see it because you have trained your eyes to see invisible objects?  Hmm, is there an online course for that?

Some may not like my use of the term "attention seekers" but for the most part if you follow them on social media, you will see they are always talking about getting some Bigfoot celebrity to view their photos. Some will even post their photos (of nothing) to the facebook pages of  popular TV shows or to the host of the shows personal facebook page. Some even post how they have emailed the photo, with no less the 27 Bigfoot in it, to the producers of some of these TV shows. I'm sure about all of these producers have a chuckle and then delete the photos.

I have recently become aware of the fact that some of these people are now asking for money from their followers to "buy better cameras". Well, if these new cameras will allow us with "untrained eyes" to see invisible objects, then I might kick in a couple bucks. I always wonder what Wondered Woman's invisible jet looks like.

All this makes me wonder, what is really causing this irrational and somewhat delusional behavior. I have seen people who have actually had a Bigfoot encounter go off the deep end after their sighting. Once they go off the "deep end" they start seeing Bigfoot every where. Every photo and every sound becomes a Bigfoot to them. I have seen this behavior last for a few weeks and then the person is back to a normal state with normal perceptions. Other times I have seen the "off the deep end" effect last for what appears to be a lifetime.

So, what causes this effect?  is it just the shear shock of realizing that indeed Bigfoot is real and it's out there, or is it some kind of mind trick initiated by Bigfoot itself? By mind trick I mean, there are reports of being "Zapped" by Bigfoot. This is something I partly believe in based on a personal experience many yeas ago. I've read reports where others have been "Zapped" and they became sick and threw up. Could there be different levels or depths to this Bigfoot "Zapping"?  It would appear that if "Zapping" in fact happens, then there could be varying degrees to it.

So could this explain why some of these photo takers see Bigfoot in every picture? Does it somehow mess their mind up? I guess it is a possible explanation but what about their followers, who have never had a Bigfoot encounter? Why are they seeing Bigfoot in every photo? Could it simply be the power of suggestion? I think it could very well be.

Some days seeing all these photos of supposed Bigfoot and reading the wild claims gets to me a little, other days I just laugh at them and move on.

I think stuff like some are posting to social media and making wild claims of Bigfoot in every photo are hurting the Bigfoot research field. Could this possibly be the plan? to sow doubt among people. It could be but it's hard to say when it comes to the Bigfoot field.

On the frustrating days, when these types of pictures are being posted, it would be easy to just jump on the person and tell them they are delusional or "debate" with them about the photos. Which in days past I probably have done to a small extent. But, in the end I guess it is better to just ignore them and tolerate them. A lot of "debating" about any topic become useless at some point and just kills productivity.

If the Bigfoot world has taught us anything, it is to tolerate those who have a different opinion that us. So we as a collective group should extent this tolerance to our own colleagues, even if they seem to be "out in left field". I'm not saying for you to see bigfoots when there are no bigfoots, but to avoid the long, exhausting "debates" that don't change anything.

You can't really label some of these people as hoaxers, because I think they actually believe there are Bigfoot in their photos.  Maybe we need a new term for this.

So, what are we to do? I say tolerate them as best you can and if it gets to be too frustrating for you, then just block or unfriend them. It would be better to do this than waste time "debating" too long about it.

Bigfoot is real, but so are shadows and stumps.


Happy Hunting!
~Tom~   




  



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Is This A Yowie Cloaking?

Yowie photo from 1936
What is this figure?



This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!


Is This A Yowie Cloaking?

The debate in Australian Yowie forums continues to rage on about the reality of the creature. Not as many Australians believe in the Yowie as Americans do in Bigfoot. And nearly half of all Yowie believers there believe the creature is more paranormal in nature than actual flesh and blood. And the following video featuring a strange photograph that has recently resurfaced of a supposed Yowie could reinforce that theory. Or possibly a case for the theory of "cloaking."

It was taken back in 1936 by a man working in a logging camp there during the Great Depression. It features a very large ghostly-looking creature sitting behind two of his mates in the photograph. He strangely didn't notice the creature when he took the photograph. And only found it after he looked at the developed photographs later. He was forever baffled by it. And the mystery was never solved. But it's certainly intriguing.


What do you think? Is this a Yowie? Cloaking perhaps? Or is the Yowie actually a paranormal entity?





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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thunderbird or Something Else? (Update)

El paso, Co - Thunderbird Sighting


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Thunderbird or Something Else?

I got in another possible Thunderbird report, it has never been reported until now.  The wingspan of the bird in this report is larger than any reports I have read. Could it have been a Thunderbird or something else?

- Start Report - 

Name: Christine ******

Email Address: 
Withheld but on file

State: Colorado

County: El paso

Date of Sighting: 2006

Time of Day: 4am

Nearest Town: COLORADO SPRINGS (less than half mile from national forest)

Length of Sighting: 1min

How many Witnesses: 1

Any Photos/Videos: no

Describe sighting in detail:

I Stepped out onto the front porch suddenly & started something above me on the roof.  I Heard a loud clawing or scratching above but before I had a chance to look,  there was a great flapping sound like a large flag in the wind.
A percussion type force filled my ears & actually knocked me backwards into the door. Looking up I saw in silhouette from the moon light of a huge winged thing. (40ft wingspan easy)It  lifted away from the roof & as it flew off it made an unearthly sounding screech, almost like a croak.
I would greatly appreciate hearing from a cryptozoologist regarding this, this is my first time speaking about this at all & I've done a lot of research: given other known "bird related" elements (carcass damage,  eyeshine & hemophagocytosis) I think there is a connection between this thing and the reported cattle mutilations. Thank you

(Note: I did send Christine an email and some info about this possibly being a Thunderbird.) 


- End Report -

UPDATE -  The following is a follow up conversation I had with Christine. She has obviously researched the cattle mutilations to some degree.
Christine said:
"Thank you for your response. Despite consistent historical accounts by many native American tribes about the Thunderbirds, you are correct, it is not accepted as 'real'.  This is exactly why I never reported it. About 2 years ago I tried researching it but at the time all the websites were dominated by cattle mutilation reports. That's when it dawned on me that if the Thunderbird was real, what did it eat? Further reading confirmed a connection; photographs of cows draped in treetops and over fences along with carcass damage consistent with raptor predation follow the 37th parallel across the country. If you cross reference that with the map you sent me of sightings, it is consistent with the central-Mississippi flyway bird migratory pattern. I don't know what part of the country you are in but here in Colorado the cattle mutilations have become a serious issue for ranchers; one rancher was forced out of the trade after losing 23 head of cattle, in las animas county. There is a $2,500 reward & it has been the subject of 2 federal investigations. I don't think anyone will take me seriously though, the other theories of UFO, cult or government conspiracy are much more "exciting" to everyone else. but to me the confirmation of a Thunderbird type species would be amazing."


------------------
Thanks again for this extra information.

- End Update-


This does sound like a Thunderbird but the wingspan is lager than any reports that I have read. A bird this large would not have any problem attacking cattle and this could explain some of the cattle mutilations in the area.

Thanks to Christine for sending us the report. If anyone in this area has had a similar sighting or has had a cattle mutilation problem and you don't know for sure what it was , then please let us know.



Thanks
~Tom~  





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Monday, August 18, 2014

Want To Gain More Knowledge About Bigfoot?

Out Fox a Fox?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!


 
Want To Gain More Knowledge About Bigfoot?
Maybe You’re Doing It All Wrong
By Dorraine Fisher

    Every once in a while, I go back and watch really old documentaries about bigfoot. Some might think it’s humorous or simply a waste of time, but there’s a really good reason I do it. It helps me realize that progress is being made in the field. No matter how many people are still laughing or turning up their noses at the subject, I know great strides have been made. It points me in the direction to go from here, because there’s still a lot left to learn.

But there is so much debate and so many roadblocks get thrown up on our way. How do we rise above all that and really expand our ability to gain knowledge on the subject?

Well, the answer is somewhat complicated, and at the same time, as plain as the nose on your face. Every time we’ve made assumptions about these creatures or listened to science when it developed hypotheses, they’ve been turned on their ear…or at least educated suggestions have caused reasonable doubt. So, as strange as it may sound, when we’re trying to solve all the little mysteries of Bigfoot, maybe we need to just automatically turn our attention to the opposite side of the spectrum. Flip it on its underbelly and examine it from the other side.

The first original hypothesis is that they are some kind of great ape. It made sense, right? That’s what they look like. It seems logical.  But the judgment made by science was to assume that they should fit into a category that matched the behavior and appearance of other great apes. But now most of us are slowly beginning to realize they don’t quite fit into this category since they don’t always behave like gorillas, and they seem much more advanced. If they are indeed a great ape, they need a whole new category for classification; one that defies the old rules.  So if they don’t fit into that great ape category, are they a great ape or not?  Do we give them a new category, or do we try to slip them into one of the conventional ones?

It was originally believed that sasquatches require wilderness in which to live and the enormous food source that wilderness has to offer. But the pin points on the sightings map are getting closer together and venturing out into non-wilderness areas more and more. The term “suburban bigfoot” is starting to creep into our consciousness as more sightings are closer to home.  Once again, our hairy friends made liars out of us.

And now the new idea is that they may be some kind of human. Okay, fine. Let’s work on that. Hundreds of sightings suggest a human-like appearance. It seems logical that some kind of offshoot of our species survived in its original “wild” state alongside us for all these thousands of years, undetected. It could happen. It would explain their seemingly high intelligence level.  But what criteria do we use to decide something is “human?”

For years, it appeared that science rejected this theory anyway, to some degree. Possibly because so many thinkers have a problem with calling something human if it’s not at least nearly as sophisticated as we are; meaning a similar intelligence level, progress level, and level of basic ability and technical ability.  Chimps are our known closest living relatives, but they are not considered human since they haven’t built civilizations or super computers, or they simply can’t put pegs in holes as fast as a human.  Is that what defines something as human? Or is it simply DNA structure? And who decides?

So this begs the question: do we need to rethink everything? Probably, because here’s the thing: If bigfoot has taught us anything, it’s that some things just can’t be lumped into the normal categories. Sometimes we have to be able to think beyond what’s acceptable and normal and…classifiable.

We humans have this burning need to categorize, classify, lump into groups, organize into files, and buy furniture with drawers just so we can wrap our minds around certain things. Just so we can make sense of things that wouldn’t otherwise make sense.  Why? Because that’s how our brains process things. That’s how we were designed.  We can’t help it, right? Well, not so fast. Because the most amazing thing about the brain is that you can use your own mind to conquer the limitations of your own mind.  Just knowing you NEED to think differently can open up a whole new world of thought. We can all go places we’ve never gone before…right inside the confines of our own heads.  If you understand what puts limitations on your thinking, it suddenly won’t be limiting any more.  And that’s because the human mind is capable of so much more than we think.  And each and every one of us has that capability. And that’s the mind you need when you’re trying to sort out the details about cryptids.

People who believe in bigfoot, the paranormal, the mysterious, are one step ahead of the rest. If you’ve seen strange things that you couldn’t explain or if you’ve had things happen to you that defied reason, you have a distinct advantage.  Your brain has learned something very important.  Your imagination has the ability to stretch beyond the norm.  You’ve had to sort that out in your mind and find a way to make peace with it and come to understand that there are things out there that you may never fully understand.  And when you can do that, you’ve made a huge leap towards actually coming to understand, not only that, but a lot of other things too.  And that’s an amazing advance in human brain evolution, right inside your own head.
 
So, what if we’re all not weird after all? What if we’re just psychologically advanced?  That might seem funny, but is it really? Sure, it’s a lot of fun to talk about Bigfoot,  but there’s a lot we can derive from it besides fun. It’s an exercise in being able to begin to comprehend something that was once thought to be beyond comprehension.

The world of bigfoot research is strange in many ways. But it’s an opportunity to learn to step outside the comfort zone of our cozy little conventional thought box and imagine that things might be different than what we think. Because with bigfoot, that’s very probable.
**********DF

   
       





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Friday, August 15, 2014

Interview With Bigfoot Researcher Dan Baker

Bigfoot researcher
Dan Baker working in the field


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Interview With Bigfoot Researcher Dan Baker

In our 17th interview in the series, I get to interview Sculptor and Bigfoot Researcher Dan Baker.
Dan has also recently form a fast growing Facebook group called American Primate Exploration or just simply A.P.E., So make sure to check it out.
I hope you enjoy this interview.


- Start Interview -

TM: How long have you been researching/studying Bigfoot?

DB: Studying Bigfoot in general for 20+ years. Actively involved in field research for 4 years. .

TM: What got you interested in Bigfoot, Was there a particular event that got you started? 

DB: I was 12 years old in 1967 when Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin made the world famous film and I was hooked from that time on. I had the opportunity to tell Bob Gimlin that very same thing and his reply was "I'm sorry". Lol .

TM: During your research/studying of Bigfoot, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a Bigfoot?(details please)

DB: Once while out in the field, some of our team members were growled at, and on another occasion, a large rock was thrown and hit a guardrail on a road about 250 yards away from us. We never really felt in any kind of serious danger.

TM: It seems Skeptics are always ready to attack Bigfoot research, How do you deal with it?

DB: My answer to skeptics is that "Absence of proof is not proof of absence". I have grown a much thicker skin than I once had, and I continue to move ahead.

TM: Would you like to see Bigfoot accepted and/or proven to the general public?

DB: I would like to see more acceptance of Bigfoot, but not at the expense of the creature's well being. I believe that educating the public is the first step, but it should be done in a way that it includes the participation of the people in the learn process. I.E. question and answer periods etc.

TM: What is your favorite time of year to research/study Bigfoot, When do you have your most success?

DB: My favorite time of year for research is the fall. It seems as though there is more movement during this time of year around the harvest.

TM: Do you have a favorite Bigfoot story or report?

DB: My favorite story is of my sighting that Dorraine Fisher interviewed me about. (Found HERE)

TM: What would you be doing if you wasn't researching/studying Bigfoot?

DB: I would most likely be studying anthropology and paleontology if I weren't doing Bigfoot research.

Thanks for doing the interview and good luck with all that you do.


Dan with the legendary Bob Gimlin from the famous Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot footage. The footage shot that day in 1967 was of a female Bigfoot and the footage is still being debated and reviewed all these years later. 






 



Sculpture of  "Monster Man Dan" now doubles as a logo for 
A.P.E.








- End Interview -


Dan is a fine sculptor, researcher and person, we recommend you check out his facebook group.

I hope to do more interviews in the coming weeks.

Thanks
~Tom~







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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Power Of Ouija Boards – Real Or Fake?

Ouija Boards



This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!


 
The Power Of Ouija Boards – Real Or Fake?
Real or Not, I Love This Stuff!
By Dorraine Fisher


Hmmm.
Check out this video. The man claims to have poltergeist activity when he summons it from his Ouija board.
I’ve always been really curious about Ouija boards, but I’ve never had any strange personal experiences with them. It does seem really easy for kids to pull pranks on each other with these things. They’ve been doing it since 1891.

But who knows?

After the Spiritualist Movement of that time that took place during and shortly after the American Civil War in 1865 and beyond, Americans had lost so many of their loved ones to the war, that séances and attempts to talk to the dead became a popular pastime in America. First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, was known to have held regular séances at the White House. It was quite an accepted practice for many years. But the so-called mediums used more “complicated” equipment devoid of the Ouija board we know,  or preferred to summon spirits while in a trance. And, incidentally, many of them were exposed as frauds.

And the country settled down a bit, but the movement wouldn’t die completely.

In 1886, The New York Daily Tribune announced a new “talking board” with the alphabet, numbers, yes, no, good evening, and good night, along with the raised pointer. It looked more like the Ouija board we know today, but it wasn’t quite there yet.

And in 1891, The Kennard Novelty Company was manufacturing and selling talking Ouija boards as toys to children and adults alike.  Later, a man named William Fuld, who worked for Kennard, took over the board’s manufacturing, and created his own style of board finally called the Ouija, which he explained was the combining of the French and German words for yes. And the name has stuck ever since. Later the manufacture of the boards was taken over by Parker Brothers and eventually, Hasbro, that holds the patent to this day which is still Fuld’s design.

The Ouija’s so-called “power” was said to be based on a phenomena first described by a scientist named Benjamin Carpenter who wrote a scientific paper on the subject and theorized that muscular movement can often happen independent of conscious thought.

Maybe he was right, but we may never know.  And since then, people have made all kinds of claims about the power these boards hold. And there have also been a lot of pranks going on with them too.

So check out this video and see what you think. Real or fake?


****DF






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The Sixth Sense of Dogs - Paranormal Activity Caught on Camera

Was this paranormal activity caught on camera?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!



The Sixth Sense of Dogs - Paranormal Activity Caught on Camera

I haven't posted a ghost video for a long time and this one, real or not, was kind of interesting.

Dogs have a strong sixth sense for lots of things, including paranormal things.This dog kept seeing something outside the window, so the owner ran a video camera to find out if he could capture something. But that didn't turn out to be the interesting part. The movement outside the window could easily be a person or animal, but watch the blinds move as the dog is looking out the window.

What do you think? Real or fake? ********DF





[source: Rather freaky ]


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Possible Bigfoot Seen in Lake

Bigfoot in lake
Bigfoot Steps out of Lake?

This report by TCC's Jimmy Craze. Jimmy is an avid outdoors man who enjoys fishing and bigfooting. He conducts field research and witness interviews for The Crypto Crew.




Possible Bigfoot Seen in Lake

This report comes from Georgia and it happened about a month ago. It was at  a lake in Temple, Ga.

While Jimmy was out fishing in his boat one night he seen some bright eye shine next to a house but it appeared to be in the lake.
Upon investigating the area he took the above photo of a very large wet footprint on the edge of the bank of the lake.

In the above photo Jimmy is standing with his heels are on a big tree root that runs across the edge of the bank and from that root towards the lake, it drops down to the water about 1-1/2 to 2 ft.

After doing more investigating and returning in the daylight the next day, Jimmy took this photo for an after picture.


 In the after photo you can see the root running along the bank. I have placed an arrow to show the direction the foot track was going.
And right next to this was a 6 ft fence with knee to waist high weeds and against the fence it was trampled down were something has been walking there quite often.

So, could it have been a Bigfoot in the lake? It is very possible it could have been. It is also highly doubtful that a person would have been wadding around the lake at night. Plus if you think about the eye shine, a person would not give off eye shine.

Has anyone else seen a bigfoot in a lake or stream? If so please let us know.

Of course, we can not say for 100 percent that it was a Bigfoot, but it is very possible.

Jimmy is continuing to investigate the area for other evidence that Bigfoot is visiting this lake.

We hope to have an update at a later time.

Thanks
  








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Monday, August 11, 2014

Interview With Paranormal Researcher Chris Bores

Paranormal Investigator
Paranormal researcher Chris Bores during an investigation


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


I recently reviewed the paranormal documentary film Pursuit of the Paranormal, my review can be found Here, but I also had a chance to interview the director and creator of the film, Chris Bores.
Here is our 16th interview in the ongoing series, I hope you enjoy it.


 - Start Interview -  

TM:  How long have you been researching/studying the paranormal?

CB: I have been investigating the paranormal since 2006 when all the ghost hunting show began exploding onto our TV sets. It took me a few years to really figure out the path I wanted to take in this field but in 2012, I was really able to able to figure out a skill set that helped me get some pretty amazing conversations going with spirits

TM: What got you interested in ghosts, Was there a particular event that got you started?

CB: Like many, I got caught up in the ghost hunting craze when Ghost Hunters on Syfy became popular. I didn’t realize it was an actual pastime with a specific methodology until then.

TM: During your research/studying of the paranormal, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a spirit?

CB: Oh yes. I have been attacked on one occasion and had to leave the room and tell the spirit enough, I am leaving. Thankfully it backed down after I said that. On other occasions I’ve had to bless an area from a negative being.

TM: It seems Skeptics are always doubting the paranormal field, and make claims of evidence being faked, How do you deal with it?

CB: I’ve encountered naysayers countless times over the past couple of years. Ghost Hunting is very polarizing. Until you have that experience, you are not going to believe in it.

TM: What do you feel is your best evidence of the paranormal?

CB: I’ve got my share of cool EVP’s just like everyone else. Anyone can do it so I wanted to steer away from really highlighting that part of my research. The main reason I wanted to come up with a communication skill set that breaks the mold in this field is because everyone can go out and capture EVP’s.

My favorite evidence is getting interactions that last for an hour or longer. Not many people can do the type of work that keeps spirits entertained long enough to pull actual information from them. But recently I was at a location talking to this spirit who many referred to as Caroline. Once I got her comfortable enough with my presence, I asked her if that was her name and she said it wasn’t. This is done through a K2 device I use. Not sure what her name really is though. Sadly I didn’t have a device that worked well enough that night to tell me that. 

TM: Do you have a favorite place you would like to investigate?

CB: I’d love to hit up places like the Winchester Mansion or Stanley Hotel. I’d love to see if I could get a conversation started with the spirits that lurk there.

TM: Do you have a place you would like to investigate but haven't got to, yet?

CB: Same as above. Ghost Hunting doesn’t pay a dime so it’s a challenge to travel around to all these places that harbor all the great activity hunters are looking for. Easter State Penn is another place that’s high on my list.

TM: What would you be doing if you wasn't researching/studying the paranormal?

CB: I am constantly working on videos and working with clients in the area to pay the bills. I would probably be doing more of that.


TM: Thanks for doing the interview, keep us posted on your work.

 Here is some pictures of some investigation work.



Chris and team member Alan Cicco getting some background information about the structure before the investigation starts.











Chris and Alan communicating with a spirit by using a K2 Meter





- End Interview -



A big thanks again to Chris Bores for doing the interview and good luck to him and Alan in their paranormal research.

Thanks
~Tom~





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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Now That Bigfoot Is A Type Of Human...

human bigfoot?
Bigfoot - More human than human?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!






Now That Bigfoot Is A Type Of Human…
How Is Research Going To Be Affected?
By Dorraine Fisher

So now, many researchers are now referring to sasquatches as people. And that’s fine for the researchers doing it. There’s nothing wrong with it at all in that respect. It keeps them thinking and more focused on the cause. But I’m trying to decide if this is always good for the research itself.

What kind of roadblocks could we encounter while we’re trying to learn more about them while, at the same time, thinking of them as humans?

Let me explain what I mean.

Bigfoot, as we still like to affectionately call them, or Sasquatches, Sasquatch people, etc. are still quite a great mystery for us. There is so much left to learn; so much work left to do. So our minds need to be wide open at all times to whatever discoveries lay ahead. And we have to be able to really see the evidence in front of us when we find it, without bias or other influences interfering.

Anthropomorphism is the tendency for humans to assign human features and qualities to other living things. This is prevalent in children’s stories where animals talk and act like humans.

But the point was never made better than when Danny Vendramini, a film director, challenged conventional science and National Geographic’s portrayal of what Neanderthals may have looked like. They often depict Neanderthals looking not so different from us. Even attractive in a way we understand attractiveness in ourselves. Vendramini did his homework and came up with a different theory that opened up a new door in research. He pointed out that, with the real evidence at hand, there is no reason whatsoever to believe that Neanderthals had light, mostly hairless skin or small, human-like eyes. He surmised there is no reason to believe Neanderthals looked like us at all. It’s really only been a guess made my science, prototyped by anthropomorphism.

So, what am I getting at?

Even though it’s believed that sasquatches are a type of human, we need to be very careful about assigning human qualities to them before we know what qualities they really have.

Just because they’re extremely intelligent doesn’t mean their intelligence is or needs to be exactly like ours. All animals that have adapted to their environment are intelligent in the way that is important for their own survival. Intelligence takes on different meanings with different living things.

We humans have a tendency to think we’re smarter than other creatures because we’ve evolved the way we have. But the jury’s still out on whether we can really say that’s true, given the state of our world.

A point was made recently in a discussion group that sasquatches might possibly use tools. And since we’ve never witnessed this, we can only assume that it’s very possible that they do. Though we’re not sure they have opposable thumbs. But the idea that they need opposable thumbs in order to use tools is a type of anthropomorphism. We shouldn’t assume that if they don’t have opposable thumbs, they can’t possibly use tools. It could mean they use tools in a completely different way than we’d expect; one that doesn’t require opposable thumbs.

Seeing them as humans that may share our attributes is okay. But learning more about them can be brought to a screeching halt and we can be set completely onto the wrong course if we make assumptions about them having all human qualities, doing human things, and thinking human thoughts in the exact same way we do. This is a different creature that lives in a totally different environment than us, and has had to adapt a very different skill set. There is every reason to believe they are very different beings than us…entirely.

So the only danger in seeing them as humans is that it clouds our judgment of evidence and puts up roadblocks to the truth about their behavior. And it’s so important for us to see the truth.

And what does being human really mean anyway? What’s so great about us that we should want them to be like us? We could all argue that point forever, but by my standards for humans, they may be more like the humans we SHOULD have always been. *******DF
  
  

[Special Thanks to Dan Baker and the members of A.P.E. ]



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