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  1. 16 Jul '10 21:48
  2. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    16 Jul '10 23:13
    More chupacabras?
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    17 Jul '10 01:57
    Originally posted by Palynka
    [b]More chupacabras? [/b]
    One of those reports said they were doing a DNA on it. Has it been finished, published yet? Also, how many of these things have been caught?
  4. 17 Jul '10 03:14
    maybe only three. they might just be coyotes with mange.
  5. 17 Jul '10 03:15

    DNA Tester Casts Doubts on Latest Chupacabra Scare
    Updated: 2 days ago

    David Knowles

    (July 14) -- For some residents of north Texas, the legend of the chupacabra (sometimes spelled "chupacabras" just grew a tad more fearsome. But for a Texas State University biologist who has tested alleged chupacabra DNA, the latest sightings of the mythical monsters is just more proof that "people are strange."

    Mike Forstner has seen it all before. In 2007, he was called in to test the DNA of what had been termed the Cuero chupacabra, an odd carcass found out in the brush that had stirred fears of real-life monsters prowling the desert.

    "Turned out to be a coyote," Forstner told Surge Desk. "Just like the tests on these new animals will find."

    The new claims of chupacabra (the name roughly translates as "goat-sucker" in our midst come from Hood County, Texas, where two caninelike animals were killed this week and have been sent to a lab for DNA testing.

    As reported by WOAI news, the physical appearance of the animals is enough to stir rumors of monsters.

    "All I know is, it wasn't normal," Animal Control Officer Frank Hackett, who shot one of the animals in a local rancher's barn, told WOAI. "It was ugly, real ugly. I'm not going to lie on that one."

  6. 17 Jul '10 03:38
    photo of bigfoot's footprint on mt everest
  7. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    17 Jul '10 14:22
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    photo of bigfoot's footprint on mt everest
    I saw an anthropologist give what seems to me to be a powerful argument against all these Yeti, Bigfoot, Susquatch, and the like: In order for them to be alive at this point in time with 6 billion people on Earth, they all would have to have a viable reproducing population which means there would have to be at least hundreds of them maybe thousands.

    If that were the case, there would be other signs, nests, distinctive hair which could be tested for DNA, signs of food trails, many more tracks, etc.

    The fact is what we have is folklore, beasties in the night, howls in the distance, etc.
    All the sightings so far can be put down to outright fraud, misidentification and so forth.

    There has not been one real shred of evidence that could be tested and verified or falsified in the lab.

    They could not possibly be living on several continents in such small numbers all at the same time where all these separate groups by chance would have such small populations as to be on the verge of extinction. Statistically it is impossible or such a low level of probability as to defy logic.

    We can wish for these super predators till the cows come home but they won't just magically appear in some hunters pickup any time soon.

    Better to go on to a real subject: UFO's
  8. 17 Jul '10 14:52
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    DNA Tester Casts Doubts on Latest Chupacabra Scare
    Scare? Who was scared? From the news reports, most people seem excited and more than ready to believe in mythical creatures.