Thursday, June 6, 2013

New 55 Million Yr Old Fossil Signals First Primate with Human Like Heal

The new fossil is classified as a Tarsiiformes, like the modern day tarsier above.
“It represents a common ancestor for two major lineages of primates – one of which is the monkeys, apes and man on one side; and the tarsier.” --Northwestern University professor Marian Dagosto

The most compelling physical evidence we have for Bigfoot are the foot prints. The leading academic in Bigfoot research is Dr. Jeff Meldrum, an anthropologist and specialist in the evolution hominid bipedalism. His interest in the morphology (shape) of the foot makes this discovery interesting to us Bigfooters. 

Not only does this fossil show one of the earliest primates with a human-like heel, it also pushes back the split of apes from monkey another 10 million years. The fossil has been named Archicebus Achilles. The genus, Archi, is Greek for the beginning, and cebus translates to “long-tailed monkey.” Achilles alludes to the anatomy of the fossil’s heel and the mythological Greek warrior

The Archicebus Achilles Fossil 
Here's a couple of excerpts from around the web.

A 55-million-year-old monkey with a human face and feet may show when human beings took their own evolutionary path away from there [sic] primates cousins.

Bloomberg BusinessNews reports that skeletal remains 3 inches in diameter had been unearthed in 2003 by a farmer who’d been prospecting for relics in an abandoned paleontological site, in central China’s Hubei province. The Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing have been analyzing the petrified remains for 10 years.   It findings were publicized in a paper issued just days ago.

The monkey was from the tarsiiforme family of primates, which has certain characteristics in common with anthropoids, a group of higher – level primates that include Homo sapiens.  The monkey has the feet and face of a human being. SRC: The Guardian Express
A local husband and wife [Dan Gebo and Marian Dagosto] team of anthropologists have co-authored research regarding the discovery of a tiny monkey fossil that is one of the most complete and oldest fossils ever found.

The Archicebus has a unusual blend of anatomical features never before seen in the same combination, and is radically different from any other living or fossilized primate, researchers said. SRC: CBS Chicago
Chinese paleontologist Ni Xijun and his colleagues publish a study on the 55-million-year-old primate fossil in the prestigious journal Nature on Thursday.

The discovery provides insight into the earliest phases of primate evolution, according to a news release from Nature.

The ancient primate's name, Archicebus achilles, makes a reference to the animal's anthropoidlike heel bone.

"Previous fossil evidence shows anthropoids diverged from other primates around 45 million years ago, but our analysis of the new fossil brings the time forward by 10 million years," Ni of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology said at a news conference. "It means the evolutionary history of human lineage could be much longer than we thought."

The Archicebus achilles fossil, a nearly complete skeleton, was discovered near Jingzhou in Hubei province about 10 years ago. Since then the fossil has been studied by Ni's team, which used morphological comparison and phylogenetic analysis to search ancient relations to apes, humans and other primates.

"Morphological features are not like DNA evidence, which can be sequenced and compared in a short time," Ni explained. "It takes a great effort for scientists to study the most detailed morphological feature of a skeleton and carefully compare it with a variety of animals."

To reveal more secrets hidden in the rock for millions of years, his team used sophisticated synchrotron CT scanning at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility to digitally separate the fossil from the rock burying it.

After 10 years of detailed research, Ni and his colleagues studied 1,186 morphological features and compared 157 extinct and living mammals.

"Archicebus achilles is neither a monkey nor an ape. It's such an odd creature that it is virtually a mixture of monkeys, apes and tarsiers," he said.

Monkeys, apes and humans are collectively known as anthropoids in science, while tarsiers belong to a group called tarsiiforms. The two groups have separate evolutionary lineages.

Archicebus achilles has small eyes, short heels and a foot in the general form of monkeys, but it also has many limbs and tooth features typical for tarsierlike primates.

"When the anthropoid lineage began to separate from other primates 55 million years ago, they were actually not so different from Archicebus achilles," Ni said. "But the difference becomes larger as the anthropoids go along one branch, while the descendants of Archicebus achilles go along another.

"The discovery of Archicebus achilles proves that the divergence began at least 55 million years ago." SRC: China News Service (English Version)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 23rd hopsSquatch Featuring Dr. Jeff Meldrum

HopsSquatch is a monthly Bigfoot speaker series 
dedicated to the latest Bigfoot news and research.

The next event is June 23rd 12:30-4pm

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, William Barnes
& Craig Woolheater of

The Lucky Labrador Beer Hall (NEW LOCATION!!)
1945 Northwest Quimby Street
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 517-4352

Dr. Jeff Meldrum and William Barnes will talk about the Falcon Project, a remote controlled dirigible outfitted with state-of-art infrared and hi-resolution cameras.

Craig Woolheater founder of the worlds most popular cryptozoology website Cryptomundo will participate on the discussion panel.

Get behind-the-scenes information from the experts and become Bigfoot insiders learning what is on the horizon of Bigfoot research.

Limited seating available-Register now!
or save by becoming a member of hopsSquatch for $50.
Membership includes a seat at each series event, a hopsSquatch t-shirt, first chance at news and speaker updates, and more.

Event Details:

Who: Dr. Jeff Meldrum, William Barnes and Craig Woolheater
Where:  Lucky Lab NW, 1945 NW Quimby St.  Portland, OR 97209 (503) 517-4352
When : June 23rd 12:30 – 4:00pm

About the Falcon Project: Drone Technology to find Bigfoot:
Dr. Jeff Meldrum and William Barnes plan to build a remote-controlled dirigible equipped with thermal-imaging and other high definition cameras and send it aloft in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch.

About Dr. Jeff Meldrum:
Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a Full Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and a Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University. He has made multiple appearances on The Discovery Channel and History Channel regarding his Sasquatch Research.  He is most notable for the Discovery Channel Documentary and companion book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science.

About William Barnes:
The blimp-based search - dubbed the Falcon Project - was the brainchild of William Barnes, a Utah man who said he encountered Bigfoot in 1997 in northern California. Barnes said he watched an immense, hairy creature that was otherwise "well-manicured" approach his tent before striding up a rocky ledge. Years later, he approached Meldrum, well known in Bigfoot circles, about his idea for an airship expedition.

About Craig Woolheater
Founded the world’s most popular Cryptozoological website in the world,  He has also contributed to and appeared on History Channel’s Monster Quest and the documentary Southern Fried Bigfoot.

Event Schedule:

(12:30pm to 2:30pm)
Dr. Jeff medldrum and William Barnes discuss the Falcon Project
Moderated Audience Q&A

(2:30pm to 4:00pm)
Discussion Panel with...
Dr. Jeff Meldrum
William Barnes
Craig Woolheater (Founder of

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this historic event. Limited space available, only $5 per person to attend. The Lucky Lab Beer Hall is located at 1945 Northwest Quimby Street Portland, OR 97209. REMEMBER NEW PLACE AND NEW TIME!!!!

For more information, please contact Guy Edwards at, 503.929.7436 or register online at

Enjoy Options from the Full Menu at the Luck Lab Beer Hall in NW Portland (NEW LOCATION)

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Stan Gordon and 911 Bigfoot Caller Stick to Opposing Stories

On May 14 Bigfoot Evidence reported of a possible Bigfoot shooting reported over a 911 call:
This is unconfirmed at the moment and we're still trying to figure out what exactly transpired here. According to our source, PBS [Penssylvania Bigfoot Society] is looking into a possible shooting of Bigfoot somewhere in Pennsylvania. "It has been all over the police scanner in the area," our source tells us, but he will not confirm the exact location. SRC: Bigfoot Evidence
Eventually the story unfolded into: An officer responded to the 911 call and found John T. Winesickle, who told him he'd found Bigfoot tracks when out for a walk. The officer accompanied Mr. Winesickle to the tracks, and took pictures of them.

The 911 call was a request to have an officer confirm the tracks and thus confirm Bigfoot. Mr. Winesickles story and Stan Gordon's conclusion are paired in a local Pennsylvania Paper, Daily American,  below.

Daily American Staff Writer

5:37 p.m. EDT, June 1, 2013

PAINT TOWNSHIP — John T. Winesickle is still convinced there's a Sasquatch in his neck of the woods.

Summarily dismissed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Paint Township police and Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society, Winesickle said he remains certain that there are at least two — plural — Bigfoot roaming the state game lands near his home.

"He's a giant," the Paint Township man said of the male. Though he's never seen the creatures, Winesickle claims to have heard the Mr. make bassy, guttural sounds.

The Mrs., he said, can be heard "cooing" at times: "I think she's pregnant."

Adamant that his findings are sincere and legitimate, the Paint Township resident doesn't present himself a charlatan. He isn't writing any books and has declined offers to buy his original photographs, which depict large, ambiguous footprints in the mud.

Authorities, however, have said the tracks most likely belong to the big black bear commonly known to roam in this area.

Winesickle grabbed international headlines earlier this month after calling the game commission May 14 to report Bigfoot evidence. He was referred to police, and the overheard 911 dispatch fueled several rumors, including the tale that a turkey hunter had shot and killed an alleged Sasquatch near the city of Altoona in Blair County.

The story as told by Winesickle, however, is that these large tracks have been spotted throughout the forested area he has frequented since moving from Bedford County to Paint Township nearly two years ago. The retired septuagenarian said he walks through the woods for hours every day to stay healthy, as he has heart problems and recently suffered a stroke.

He unflinchingly defends his findings as evidence: a true believer.
"(The game commission) doesn't want anything to do with this," he said.

Winesickle's 911 call was not the first time Bigfoot reports were made in Somerset County. According to archives, another Paint Township incident supposedly occurred in 1980.

The website states that two young men were in the woods less than a mile from Seanor Road when they saw a large dark-colored figure emerge from the opposite tree line 300 yards away. They reported that it had a "fast gate (sic) and . . . long arms which hung below it's (sic) knees." It was allegedly 7-8 feet tall and covered in fur.

A more recent report was made April 18, 2010, near Stoughton Lake in Jennerstown. The website states that two teenage boys were searching for turkeys when a 7- or 8-foot-tall bear-like creature walked by. They allegedly shot at it twice with a .12-gauge shotgun and fled.
According to the Bigfoot society, the teenagers said that the creature had dark reddish-brown hair and that they thought it was probably a bear.

Longtime UFO and paranormal investigator Stan Gordon of Kecksburg said Winesickle's recent Paint Township report is overblown and insubstantial.

"There have been some very legitimate reports," Gordon said. "But this particular case, we're pretty certain, is solved." SRC: Daily American

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