Stone tools found in the Philippines predate the arrival of modern humans to the islands by roughly 600,000 years—but researchers aren’t sure who made them.
The eye-popping artifacts, unveiled on Wednesday in Nature, were abandoned on a river floodplain on the island of Luzon beside the butchered carcass of a rhinoceros. The ancient toolmakers were clearly angling for a meal. Two of the rhino’s limb bones are smashed in, as if someone was trying to harvest and eat the marrow inside. Cut marks left behind by stone blades crisscross the rhino’s ribs and ankle, a clear sign that someone used tools to strip the carcass of meat.
But the age of the remains makes them especially remarkable: The carved bones are most likely between 631,000 and 777,000 years old, with researchers’ best estimate coming in around 709,000 years old. The research—partially funded by the National Geographic Society—pushes back occupation of the Philippines to before the known origin of our species, Homo sapiens. The next-earliest evidence of Philippine hominins comes from Luzon’s Callao Cave, in the form of a 67,000-year-old foot bone. “It was surprising to find such an old peopling of the Philippines,” says lead study author Thomas Ingicco, an archaeologist with France’s National Museum of Natural History. While the researchers don’t know which archaic cousin of ours butchered the rhino, the find will likely cause a stir among people studying the human story in the South Pacific—especially those wondering how early hominins got to the Philippines in the first place. “I think it’s pretty spectacular,” says Michael Petraglia, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History who was not involved in the work. “While there had been claims for early hominins in places like the Philippines, there wasn’t any good evidence until now.” for the full article Original Source
Not a Bigfoot Story today folks, but one many people in the UK are unaware of, the mystery disappearance of the lighthouse crew in the remotest place in the UK. This is still a mystery to this day.
On the 26th December 1900, a small ship was making its way to the Flannan Islands in the remote Outer Hebrides. Its destination was the lighthouse at Eilean Mor, a remote island which (apart from its lighthouse keepers) was completely uninhabited. Although uninhabited, the island has always sparked people’s interest. It is named after St. Flannen, a 6th century Irish Bishop who later became a saint. He built a chapel on the island and for centuries shepherds used to bring over sheep to the island to graze but would never stay the night, fearful of the spirits believed to haunt that remote spot.
Billy Thompson. I am reporting an encounter that happened many years ago now. I was about 9/10 and was out with my grandparents, Brian and Margaret. We were going for a walk down Rivacre valley in the north west of England in a place called Ellesmere port. I can’t remember much of how we got there or what happened after really. We were walking along and my nan said she spotted what looked like a big Puma looking through the bushes at us. She walked closer to get a better look when my grandad started shouting “stop Margaret” by now “it” had moved to the right but was trying to come around behind her, so my grandad shouted “it’s flanking you”
One of the world’s greatest mysteries is on the cusp of being solved by Otago University Professor Neil Gemmell – whether or not the Loch Ness monster actually exists. For the first time ever, he’s scouring the waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness to capture the DNA of anything and everything living in it. If Nessie is alive and kicking – or paddling – its DNA will be in the lake, and is likely to be picked up by Prof Gemmell and his team. His method involves taking water samples from 300 different locations in the loch, and at different depths.
NEW IN TODAY: In the early hours of the morning on 11/6/2018 a van driver travelling on the road between Warrington and Manchester going about his normal nightly routes saw something crossing the road in front of him that he can not explain, the creature, described as dog like, but bigger than a horse and moving fast shocked the driver, when describing the speed he said “it dusted out of sight in seconds” the sighting has left the man confused as to what he saw and how it could’ve moved away from him so fast. The road itself runs between two nature parks and is surrounded by other strange accounts of skulking road crossing creatures and growls.
The driver himself has no prior interest in cryptids, strange creatures or anything out of the norm really, and to be honest he was very skeptical of a family member who had in the past spoke about a sighting of something unexplained they once had. He now feels less skeptical no doubt.
Cryptozoology News today reported A man in Jefferson City says he saw and ran over a creature resembling a dog and a rabbit.
The 52-year-old Missourian, who provided a full name and contact information but asked to remain anonymous, claims he was driving from Colorado to South Dakota when he came across the being.
“I was going from Colorado Springs to Rapid City. It was about 1 a.m. when I came over a small hill on Highway 85 just north of Lusk, Wyoming,” the IT senior manager told Cryptozoology News about the May 2012 incident. “As I came over the hill, saw a creature in my headlights that looked like an over sized white rabbit.”
The man says he unsuccessfully tried not hitting the animal.
In May 2005 the British newspapers picked on a strange story in the NW if England in a seaside village. The mystery beast as tall as a Labrador dog with big loping ears, a large mouth, light in colour and which moved with a lolloping gait was mystifying residents of the heavily wooded Green Drive area in the Lancashire town of Lytham.
Over twenty witnesses have reported seeing the animal which some describe as a “Hound from the Baskervilles,” an overgrown hare, a werewolf, one chap even likened it to Bigfoot, while another to the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. Others simply believe it is a mangy fox, or a Muntjac Deer. The more sceptical folk in the area say there has been too much of the amber nectar flowing freely down some peoples necks.
I was contacted on 13/1/16 by Mark Farnell who wished to report his account of something that happend to him and his friend when they were young boys living in the Tarleton Area of Lancashire. As most of us did back then he was out with his mates, a day in the local woods would bring us a lot of joy and excitement, on this occasion they got a little more excitement than they initially planned for. Whilst playing amongst the trees they noticed a strange “hunched hairy creature” watching them.
Witness Account: Mark Farnell: Back in July of 1996, when I was 13 years of age, my friend and I witnessed something in the local woods of the small village I lived in that to this very day I can not explain. I have tried to work out what I saw and like many people in the UK who have seen a similar thing I can only describe it as an “Ape like human looking creature covered in hair”.