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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such side-splitting stories as:

 How The Government Controls How You Think About UFOs -  
- Monsters: The “Crossing the Road” Issue  -
The Alien Who Needed a New Head -
AND: "Bigfoot is Real!" Lawsuit Dismissed For Now

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Weird Winged Wonders: The Twilight World Of Cryptid Creatures
They are the winged wonders from the Twilight World of Cryptid creatures.
*Living Pterosaurs have been seen from Guantanamo AF Base in Cuba to the jungles of Papa New Guinea where the locals call them the “Ropa.”
*They are the Flying Felines of the Egyptian dynasties to the Greek Heroes living in underground caverns on Mount Olympus.
*Here is the Mothman Creature, initially seen around the hamlet of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and associated with the collapse there of the Silver Bridge – but now recently observed by dozens of credible witnesses in downtown Chicago. Some researchers say Mothman is a harbinger of death.
*The Jersey Devil is said to be a demon who flies near the Pine Barrens mainly in the dead of night, while the Thunderbirds are massive creatures with wingspans of more than 30 feet.
*Dragons are thought of as beings rooted firmly in mythology and the stuff of movies such as “The Hobbit” and popular cable TV shows such as “Game of Thrones.” Yet sightings of these aerial demons known to spit fire have been seen worldwide and are part of every culture – past and present – from Europe to the United States, and every continent in between.
*Even more eerie are the flying and floating “alien” humanoids and witchy “brohaus” observed widely in Mexico and South America.
Here are dozens of the creepy-crawly narrations – backed up by the strangest of photographed evidence – of bizarre and unknown flying cryptids who frolic in our sky as if they have not a care in the world. Theories abound as to their origin(s) and nature and their overall grip on our perceived reality, as explored in this dramatic work by such respected researchers as Sean Casteel, Brad Steiger, Paul Eno, Allen Greenfield, Lon Strickler, Tim Swartz, Scott Corrales, Hercules Invictus, Jonathon David Whitcomb, Albert Rosales, Paul Dale Roberts, Steve Ward, Nomar Slevik, with the added editorial flare of “Exploring the Bizarre” co-host Tim Beckley.

Are they demons straight from hell or from an unknown shadow world? Ultra-terrestrials who have strayed into “our territory” from another time and space continuum? Or simply prehistoric monsters thought to have died out millions of years ago, but who still exist living just beyond our reach, ready to be rediscovered by science? Whatever they are, they are truly BIZARRE!

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How The Government Controls How You Think About UFOs

By Red Pill Junkie

Ever since the infamous Robertson Panel became a matter of public knowledge, UFO enthusiasts have claimed there’s an ongoing censorship operation on behalf of the US government designed to keep citizens ignorant about the reality of alien visitation.

Whereas the apparent ubiquitousness of such a massive cover-up does bring into question its credence in the present day – could the government really keep tabs of every single major news outlet in the media spectrum? – there does seem to be plenty of documented evidence in support of a concerted attempt by the Pentagon to control public perception of the UFO phenomenon during the early years of the ‘flying saucer age’.

Robbie Graham, author of Silver Screen Saucers, offers one notable example in the form of The Steve Canyon TV Show: Steve Canyon was an incredibly popular comic strip series created by Milton Caniff (“The Rembrandt of the Comic Strip”) featuring an easy-going, square-jawed, all-American hero who was a member of the Air Force. NBC helped Canyon make the jump from the Sunday pages to the TV screen from 1958 to 1960, hailed at the time as “the most expensive show on television.”

The Air Force eagerly jumped on board in full support of the series, and why wouldn’t they? It had everything they could ever ask for in terms of publicity: gung-ho patriotism, an anti-Communist message and a positive portrayal of the armed forces –the perfect recipe for recruitment!

…But one thing the Air Force didn’t ask for, was UFOs.

As Graham explains in Chapter 2 of Silver Screen Saucers:

    "The episode to which the USAF took objection, 'Project UFO,' saw Colonel Steve Canyon investigate a spate of flying saucer sightings reported to a local Air Force base. According to aviation historian, James H. Farmer, 'this was an episode that the Air Force did not really want to be aired,' because the UFO subject was 'a hot potato.'"

In this promotional video for the Steve Canyon DVD compilation, a few small snippets of the controversial episode can be seen. One interesting scene to note is when Col. Canyon investigates an alleged landing site of a flying saucer, complete with a circular scorch in the ground:

Unfortunately, the USAF solution for the UFO “hot potato” was to force the script writers to make a bland mush out of it. They demanded rewrite after rewrite after rewrite, editing out any controversial elements until everything complied with the Air Force’s official policy about unidentified flying objects – i.e. that they neither represented a threat to the United States, nor were evidence of any exotic, advanced technology.

Thus what initially was a sympathetic view of the reports of anomalous aerial objects, reported by thousands of well-intentioned citizens all across the country, ended up as a skeptical take on the subject in which all sightings were the results of misidentifications or flat-out hoaxes. Whereas in the early drafts Canyon was shown as genuinely interested in UFOs, and even defending the integrity of a witness in front of his commanding officer – “Why call him a jerk? Seems to me like he acted like a solid, clearheaded citizen…” – in the final version Canyon’s excitement is replaced with skepticism or flat-out indifference.

Public opinion threat averted. Tune in next week for another (officially sanctioned) adventure of Steve Canyon! 

Not satisfied with that, the Air Force even tried to keep the “Project UFO” episode in the can indefinitely. It was only when the series was about to end that the producers decided to release it as a last act of defiance against the censorship they’d suffered.

For many years the USAF and the Pentagon continued doing their best to manipulate public perception of the UFO topic through influence among Hollywood and the TV networks. Even by the late 70s they flat-out refused to assist Steven Spielberg’s production of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, because not only did they deem it  ‘inappropriate’ to support a film which “leaves the distinct impression that UFOs, in fact, do exist;” but also they weren’t happy with a script in which the government was shown as actively covering up their existence from the public!

Does that mean the US military has kept its policies unchanged during all this time? Not necessarily: First of all I don’t think they need to keep such a tight leash on media outlets anymore, now that journalists have been properly conditioned to respond to the subject with the appropriate snicker treatment. I also suspect the armed forces had the realizatin that aliens can actually be a great tool for propaganda and the display of their newest, coolest toys – Exhibit (A): Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise – provided the script is properly doctored so the cover-up (if absolutely needed for the plot) is portrayed as a necessary evil: “we needed to keep the secret until we learned more about the evil aliens!”

We also need to consider the possibility that, after years of denial which have only fueled the fires of conspiracy and dangerous distrust of official narratives, the powers-that-be may try to control the UFO narrative with a ‘post-Robertson’ policy. Which is why I want to leave you with a final quote from Robbie’s chapter, which seems all-too relevant in light of recent developments in the UFO scene:

    "Demonstrably, then, the US government and military have acted to influence the content of UFO-themed entertainment media products since the earliest years of the phenomenon. For the most part, these actions have been in line with the Robertson Panel’s officially stated policy that UFOs are essentially non-existent and therefore should be debunked and demystified through media channels. Still, in recent years, the DoD has seen fit to lend its support to a small handful of UFO movies – notably those which downplay UFO conspiracy theories while emphasizing America’s military prowess, thereby encouraging recruitment among cinemagoers.

    "In the case of the Transformers franchise, the Pentagon provided support first and foremost for traditional military propaganda purposes, but its close involvement in the scriptwriting process here also seems to have been exploited to cover its own back in regard to historical UFO secrecy and to otherwise twist UFO lore in its favor. The same can be said of Battle: Los Angeles and Battleship, both of which portrayed the US military as cartoonishly heroic and more than capable of defending Earth from an alien attack, despite the onscreen Pentagon’s total lack of history with UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation."

Think of that the next time another black-and-white piece of UFO footage taken with one of those shiny new Raytheon tracking systems is released. Gee wiz, the way these new Pentagon-sanctioned stories are being spun, you’d think UFOs are just beginning to appear on their radar screens…

Source: The Daily Grail


Monsters: The “Crossing the Road” Issue
By Nick Redfern

On April 6, 2016, I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled “UFOs: Extraterrestrial? Probably Not…” One of the reasons why I reached that conclusion was because of the obviously manipulative angle of the phenomenon. As I noted in the article: “There’s the nature of the entities themselves: they practically overemphasize who, or what, they claim to be. Take, for example, all those ‘soil-sampling’ aliens of the 1950s and 1960s. You know the ones: someone is working in their field, or driving down a stretch of road, when they encounter a couple of diminutive aliens collecting specimens of local plants, flowers, and vegetables. ET on a scientific mission, right? No, not in my view.”

I continued in that same article: “We only have to take a careful look at such cases (and there are more than a few on record – here’s a link to a number of classic cases) to see that these ‘incidents’ are clearly stage-managed. It’s a game, a scenario that has nothing to do with real soil-sampling, but everything to do with trying to emphasize the ET meme. Are we to believe that, time and time again, aliens are so stupid that they can’t collect a few of those aforementioned samples without having their cover blown? Of course, they could easily avoid us! But, here’s the deal: they want to be seen. It’s not an accident. It’s carefully planned. And it’s designed to plant an image of ‘ET scientists’ in the mind(s) of the witness(es).”

Something similar (but from a different angle) can be said about the field of Cryptozoology, the study of unknown animals. “Monsters,” to many people. Whereas there was a time when “aliens” were always being seen sampling a bit of soil, so the likes of the Chupacabra, Bigfoot, lake-monsters, and Dog-Men just can’t resist racing (or crawling) across the road when people just happen to be around. As with the soil-samplers, our monsters seem to need to be seen – and seen often.

On July 22, 1933, a Mr. and Mrs. Spicer were driving alongside Loch Ness, Scotland when – to their horror – they saw a large, wormy kind of creature making its awkward way across the road. They were shocked and terrified by the appearance and size of the beast. One year later, a motorcyclist and trainee veterinarian named Arthur Grant almost hit one of the Nessies, as he rode home in the early hours of the morning. Loch Ness is more than twenty miles in length and Grant just happened to be on the one stretch of road – and in the dead of night, no less – where a Nessie was roaming around on the road. Perfect timing! Or, maybe, suspicious and orchestrated timing. Moving on…

It was dusk, on a stiflingly hot, weekday night in Puerto Rico in August 1975. The atmosphere – as day began to surrender to nightfall – was as normal and tranquil as it had ever been. It wasn’t long, however, before normality and tranquility gave way to something hideous. As a woman named Norka drove through the El Yunque rain-forest, something suddenly surfaced from the huge, dense trees that stood proud and tall, like gigantic green curtains, and which dominated each side of the road.

Doing barely twenty miles an hour to begin with, Norka was easily able to slow down as a curious beast loomed into view; something that, around two decades later, would become known as the Chupacabra. Norka said that only about twenty feet in front of her was the strangest, most terrifying animal it had ever been her misfortune to encounter. For all intents and purposes, it looked very much like a bat. Except, that is, for one astonishing thing: the abomination was around four to five feet in height. Not surprisingly, Norka could scarcely believe her eyes as the monster shuffled slowly across the road, its muscular legs taking slow but deliberate strides across the hot tarmac. It finally vanished from view, leaving Norka shocked. In 2004, for the Syfy Channel’s short-lived Proof Positive show, Norka shared her story, with me asking some of the questions.

Now, let’s take a look at the closest thing we have in the world today to werewolves: the Dog-Men, which have been the subject of many books by Linda Godfrey. The people behind the North American Dogman Project say: “Stoney Creek New York, Hadley Road area. Multiple dogman sightings encountered by a woman and her son. They were seen crossing the road a few feet in front of her car as she was driving from her house to the store. Dogman is black and estimate height is 8ft.” I have more than a few such “road cases” concerning Dog-Men. And, it’s no different when it comes to Bigfoot.

Check out this case, from August 1995, which is highlighted at the Squatchable site: “My wife and I saw a small childlike bigfoot while in South Carolina a year ago. It crossed the road in front of us, about 25 yards ahead of the car. It stopped in the middle of the road and looked at us,then it jumped to the other side into a swamp and was gone.” I have literally dozens of Bigfoot cases on record where the creatures just happened to cross the road when someone was guaranteed to see them. Now, I’m not saying that the witnesses made the stories up. In fact, I don’t think that at all. As I see it, and for reasons that we don’t fully understand, these “things” have to be seen, in much the same way that soil-sampling “aliens” did decades ago.

Thought-forms that can’t exist unless we believe in them? So, they have to ensure they are constantly seen? Maybe. Or, perhaps, there’s something else going on: the Cosmic-Trickster. Are we, as John Keel famously suggested, simply being toyed with by some kind of mind-fucking, supernatural joker that enjoys plunging us into strange and almost unbelievable situations just for the sheer hell of it? Who knows?

All I can say for sure is that I have a feeling that these events do not occur randomly. There is method to the madness. These things want to be seen. They make sure they are seen. But, to paraphrase the character, Alexander Leek, in the 2002 movie The Mothman Prophecies, we’re not permitted to know why.

Source: Mysterious Universe


Tabby's Star Experiencing "Deep Dip" in Brightness

A mysterious celestial object known as Tabby’s Star has baffled astronomers for years since it was first observed.

Every so often, the star experiences dramatic ‘dips’ in brightness – but, it’s unclear what exactly is causing the phenomenon.

It has sparked countless possible explanations, from claims of an ‘alien megastructure’ to the more mundane hypothesis that now leads the discussion, which says its light is simply being blocked by dust.

Now, a team monitoring Tabby’s Star says it has dimmed to the lowest levels seen since in five years, offering a new opportunity for scientists to observe the bizarre behaviour.

Tabetha Boyajian, the astrophysicist for whom the star is nicknamed, said the most recent dipping event began last Friday.

‘Here we go again! Yippee!!’ the expert tweeted this week.

In a blog post about the activity, Boyajian explains this is the most dramatic fluctuation seen in years.

‘On Friday (2018 March 16) we noted the last data taken were significantly down compared to normal,’ the researcher wrote.

‘Due to poor weather conditions at all 3 sites we weren’t able to observe the star again until last night.

‘This is the deepest dip we have observed since the Kepler Mission in 2013! WOW!!!’

In an update yesterday, Boyajian revealed the star is still ‘not quite back up to normal’ brightness.

Tabby's Star, known officially as KIC 8462852 but named for Tabetha Boyajian who first discovered it in 2015, has baffled experts for years.

While the stars of most exoplanet systems are seen to dim by a few per cent, KIC 8462852 dimmed by more than 20 per cent over periods of months.

But, scientists may finally be closer to solving the mystery.

Previous studies have claimed the strange dimming could be evidence of a Dyson Sphere – a hypothetical structure which could be used by an advanced alien race to harness the energy of a star.

The mystery of Tabby's Star is so compelling that more than 1,700 people donated over $100,000 (£73,800) through a Kickstarter campaign in support of dedicated ground-based telescope with the aim of observing and gathering more data on the star.

As a result, a new body of data has been collected by Dr Boyajia and colleagues from the Lousisiana State University Department of Physics & Astronomy in partnership with the Las Cumbres Observatory.

'Dust is most likely the reason why the star's light appears to dim and brighten', said Dr Boyajian.

The new data show that different colours of light are being blocked at different intensities', she said.

'Therefore, whatever is passing between us and the star is not opaque, as would be expected from a planet or alien megastructure,' Dr Boyajian said.

Scientists closely observed the star through the Las Cumbres Observatory from March 2016 to December 2017.

Beginning in May 2017 there were four distinct episodes when the star's light dipped.

Supporters from the crowdfunding campaign nominated and voted to name these episodes.

The first two dips were named Elsie and Celeste. The last two were named after ancient lost cities - Scotland's Scara Brae and Cambodia's Angkor.

The authors write that in many ways what is happening with the star is like these lost cities.

'They're ancient; we are watching things that happened more than 1,000 years ago', the authors wrote in the paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

'They're almost certainly caused by something ordinary, at least on a cosmic scale.

'And yet that makes them more interesting, not less,' the authors wrote. 'But most of all, they're mysterious.'  

Another team of researchers from the University of Arizona, Tuscan, found similar results in a study released in October.    

Researchers collected observational data of Tabby's star from two Nasa telescopes – Swift, which takes X-ray and UV measurements, and Spitzer, which measures objects in infrared.

They found that from UV, throughout the visible spectrum to IR, the star is dimming at every wavelength.

The researchers also discovered that the dimming rate of Tabby's star differed between UV and infrared.

The team suggested that 'micro-sized dust screens' are to blame for this irregular dimming, and not an alien megastructure.  

Source: Daily Mail

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The Alien Who Needed a New Head
By Tristan    

During the 1970s, Japan was swept by a boom of new interest in the occult. Spoon-bending, Nostradamus, New Age religions, and kokkuri– the Japanese equivalent of ouija boards- were taken up by a number of Japanese. This golden age of hokum also produced some of the country’s most infamous UFO encounters, such as the Kofu Incident, in which a pair of second graders ran into a fanged-midget, and the Nikoro Incident, which involved an even shorter variety of extraterrestrial octopuses. Last week, while browsing an excellent Japanese blog, I had the pleasure of stumbling on a much more obscure case: the story of a 31-year-old truck driver known only as Mr. F.

On September 3, 1974, Mr. F had to deliver a load of furniture bound for Takamatsu, a city in Kagawa Prefecture. He had to reach Uno Port in Tamano, Okayama Prefecture by 7 AM, where the goods would be shipped south to Takamatsu. In the early morning, while driving on the National Route 30 highway, Mr. F got tired and stopped for a bit to eat some udon noodles.

After getting back on the road, Mr. F noticed a body of silvery-white light in the sky. The light, of course, was a flying saucer, and it noiselessly landed some 10 meters (32 feet) away. What happened next was a bit hazy, but after falling unconscious, Mr. F woke up to find a strange woman sitting in his passenger seat.

Mr. F’s unexpected visitor had a face that resembled a mask, with two eyes and no other features. Her hair fell to her shoulders, her height looked to be about 160 CM (5’3 for us Americans), and her clothes looked like they were made of rubber. Oh, and she had a horn-like antenna on the top of her head. Naturally, Mr. F didn’t feel very comfortable at the sight of what must have been the galaxy’s homeliest female.

Speaking in a mechanical voice, the woman said she’d come to earth, but complained that “There’s something wrong with my head, so I want you to replace it.” When the confused trucker asked how, the alien instructed to press three buttons on her chest. After following her instructions, Mr. F popped his passenger’s head off. Next, he was told to press the buttons in the reverse order, and then he put a new, identical-looking head on the alien. (Unless he kept spares in his glove compartment, I have no idea where Mr. F got this other head.)

During the rest of the encounter, Mr. F and the alien talked for a while. She said there were more of her people on earth, but they weren’t interested in conquering the planet. (Woo-hoo!) They were essentially refugees, settling on our planet because their sun had collided with another star. They were also more advanced than humans, and had computers in their heads, which allowed them to speak in earthly languages. Before disappearing- and Mr. F couldn’t remember how- the alien promised they would meet again someday.

The next thing Mr. F remembered, he was back driving on the road, almost to his destination. He was right on time too, at 7 AM, yet he couldn’t account for some 20 minutes. Later, when he got home, Mr. F bluntly told his wife, “I talked to an alien today and replaced its head.” The news went about as well as expected; Mrs. F laughed and asked if her husband was tired.

Apparently, Mr. F hoped his colleagues would be a bit more open-minded. He wrote about the encounter in a company newsletter, to equally mocking results. A year-and-a-half later, Mr. F caught a break though, and was featured in the June 1976 issue of UFO and Universe (UFO???) magazine. After the encounter, Mr. F said he felt no mental or physical changes to his body, though he thought he saw the UFO again during another drive a few months later.

As surely confused as the rest of us, Mr. F also reported that he didn’t know why the alien chose him specifically to swap her head. Now I’m going to venture a personal guess here- But perhaps the alien lied about her species’ intentions, and we’re all going to have to get used to switching our overlords’ vastly superior, computerized noggins?

Source: Bizarre and Grotesque


DNA Study Solves Mystery of "Alien" Skeleton
By Ashley Strickland

A mummified skeleton discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert 15 years ago doesn't look like anyone you've ever met. In fact, some would say it looks, well, alien.

It's a skeletal conundrum made up of perplexing features. It's only 6 inches tall -- but initial estimates of the age of the bones were consistent with a child aged 6 to 8 years.

The long, angular skull, slanted eye sockets and fewer than normal ribs -- 10 pairs rather than the normal 12 -- only deepened the mystery.

Questions surrounding the discovery led to speculation that it was a previously unidentified primate or even an extraterrestrial life form.

The skeleton, dubbed Ata, was featured in TV shows and a documentary, "Sirius," in which a UFO researcher attempts to figure out Ata's origins.

Now, the authors of a study based on five years of genomic analysis want to set the record straight: Ata is human, albeit one with multiple bone disease-associated mutations. And they believe that their findings, published Thursday in the journal Genome Research, could help diagnose genetic mutation-based cases for living patients.

Investigating Ata

In 2003, Ata was found in a deserted mining town called La Noria, in Chile's Atacama region. It was thought to be ancient at first, but initial analysis conducted in 2012 proved that the skeleton was only about 40 years old. This meant DNA would still be intact and could be retrieved for study.

The widespread speculation surrounding Ata brought the case to the attention of Gary Nolan, senior author of the new study and professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University.

"I learned about this through a friend who was interested in the entire area of extraterrestrial life," Nolan wrote in an email. "He told me about a documentary coming out ('Sirius' ... you can find it on Netflix now) which was to feature the 'Atacama Humanoid.'

It was claimed that this was possibly the mummy of an alien.

"That was a significant claim in and of itself. More shocking though was the picture I was provided that was part of the online publicity. I decided to contact the movie directors (basically on a dare ...) to tell them it was possible to do a sequencing of the specimen (if it had earthly DNA ...) to determine its origin."

Nolan and his colleagues signed a confidentiality agreement, and the directors agreed to report Nolan's findings, even if the results indicated that Ata's DNA was human.

Nolan wanted to study Ata for several reasons. The extraordinary specimen could have been a previously unrecognized primate species, some sort of human deformity or something else entirely. Nolan said he and his colleagues never believed it could be an alien.

They wanted an answer to the basic question: "What is it?"

DNA analysis would tell the true story. A sample extracted from the bone marrow of Ata's ribs was used to conduct a whole-genome sequence analysis.

It was compared with human and primate genomes and determined to be a human female, probably a fetus, with Chilean ancestry. Although dating initially estimated the bone age of the skeleton at between 6 and 8 years, the researchers found that the remains had a rare bone-aging disorder that made them seem older than the person they belonged to.

At first, 8% of the DNA didn't match with human DNA. Researchers determined that this was because of a degraded sample. An improved analysis matched up to 98%, Nolan said. Given the exposure and age of the skeleton, this wasn't surprising. Then, they moved on to diagnosing the abnormalities.

It's all in the genes

The researchers were looking for what might explain the skeleton's small stature, as well as the abnormal rib count and other bone and skull oddities.

Dr. Atul Butte, another senior author of the study, was brought in to assist with evaluating the genome. Butte, the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, treated the analysis as though it were for a patient.

It revealed a number of mutations within seven genes. Together, these created bone and musculoskeletal deformities, like scoliosis, and skeletal dysplasia, known as dwarfism.

"There are mutations in many genes, including genes involved with the production of collagen (in our bones and hair), joints, ribs, and arteries," Butte wrote in an email. "We know these genes are involved with these processes in human development, but we are still learning what all the other genes in the DNA do."

Although the mutations found within the genes are known to cause bone disease, some of them had not been previously connected to growth or developmental disorders. The combination of genetic mutations explains Ata's appearance, but it's the number of mutations all present in the same specimen that surprised the scientists.

"It's rare," Butte said. "To our knowledge, no one has ever explained all of these symptoms in a patient before, and the changes in the DNA, or mutations, reflects this."

But what could have caused this number of mutations?

"Many times, genetic diseases are passed on from parents that are carriers," Butte said. "In this case, these mutations are so rare that we haven't actually ever seen some of these before, so it's hard to imagine there are carriers out there. We do speculate that the environment where this child was developing might have played a role. The specimen was found in a town with abandoned nitrate mines, and exposure to nitrates might have caused the mutations. But it's only speculation."

No other researchers have seen the remains.

The way Nolan, Butte and their colleagues used their analytical tools to understand the mysteries presented by Ata's skeleton may provide a pathway for analysis of multiple genes to discover the roots of mutations.

Butte said he hopes that the technology and tools used in this study can help patients and their families receive diagnoses quicker, as well as helping to develop treatments for conditions that can be traced to genetic mutations.

"Many children's hospitals now see patients or children with unusual syndromes, including those never described before," Butte said.

"DNA sequencing is now more commonly used to help us solve these 'undiagnosed diseases.' But many times, we tend to search for a single gene mutation that might explain what we see in the patient.

"What this case taught me we that sometimes there might actually be more than one major DNA difference involved in explaining a particularly hard-to-explain patient. We shouldn't stop a search when we've found the first relevant mutation; indeed there might be many others also involved."

Source: CNN


"Bigfoot is Real!" Lawsuit Dismissed For Now
By Joe Nelson

A lawsuit filed by a Crestline woman demanding that the state recognize the Sasquatch, aka “Bigfoot,” as an official species has been dismissed.

The court dismissed the case at the request of petitioner Claudia Ackley, on March 15, court records show.

Ackley said her attorneys advised her to drop the lawsuit she filed Jan. 18 in San Bernardino Superior Court against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Natural Resources Agency. She plans to refile the suit so it is compliant with the rules of the court. A hearing that was scheduled for Monday, March 19, was vacated by the judge.

“The attorneys wanted me to stop it and then for them to rewrite it,” Ackley said, adding that her attorneys told her if she had gone forward with her original filing, she would have been “eaten alive.”

In a March 17 Facebook post, Ackley informed her friends, “I only get one chance and I must do it correctly in order to proceed.”

Ackley, 46, teamed up with documentary filmmaker Todd Standing, the man behind the Netflix film “Discovering Bigfoot” in drafting the original lawsuit. Standing, who had a similar lawsuit filed in British Columbia, Canada, where he resides.

Standing said Tuesday that he, Ackley and a paralegal wrote the first lawsuit themselves, which was not vetted by any lawyers.

“There’s so many things a lawyer has to do appropriately. We now have a team of lawyers in the U.S. who are going to put it together,” Standing said in a telephone message. “They have to interview all the witnesses. They have a lot of work to do. The legal action is going to be enormous now.”

Ackley’s Texas-based attorney, Bobby Garcia, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ackley and Standing said they plan to present evidence proving the existence of Sasquatch, including testimony from wildlife biologists, wilderness experts and police forensic officers. They said they also will introduce fingerprint, footprint, and even DNA evidence from hair samples Standing said he obtained from a tree during a 2014 expedition.

Yet even the most devout Bigfoot aficionados have their doubts about Ackley and her lawsuit.

“I suspect it will be dismissed for lack of evidence,” said Daniel Perez, a Riverside-based Bigfoot researcher and historian who publishes the monthly Bigfoot Times newsletter. “I can’t see the matter getting any legal footing.”

Ackley’s claims of encountering three Sasquatches in Lake Arrowhead last March while hiking with her two daughters are the only documented claims on record of a Bigfoot sighting in the mountain resort community, Perez said.

“I did talk with some people at the Bigfoot Bonanza just recently who live near Claudia, and they know the area well and they reported that outside of Claudia and her claims, no one else is reporting anything like Bigfoot in the area,” Perez said. “This whole matter is bad publicity for the serious Bigfoot community, and just one more reason why a great many folks across the nation take the matter with a grain of salt.”

Source: The Sun

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