Thursday, October 24, 2013

Daily 2 Cents: Ketchum Names Bigfoot...ZooBank Accepts DNA Results -- Highway Ghosts -- Portland Harbor Mystery


Ketchum Names Bigfoot Homo Sapiens Cognatus....DNA Results Accepted at ZooBank

Homo sapiens cognatus Ketchum in Ketchum, Wojtkiewicz, Watts, Spence, Holzenburg, Tolar, Prychitko, Zhang, Bollinger, Shoulders & Smith, 2013
LSIDurn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:40E2FA1F-10A1-4D42-8B02-A007347F1B43
Rank: Subspecies
No BHL Results
Parent: Homo Sapiens Linnæus, 1758
Specific Name: cognatus
Authorship: Ketchum
Publication:
Ketchum, Melba, Patrick Wojtkiewicz, Aliece Watts, David Spence, Andreas Holzenburg, Douglas Tolar, Thomas Prychitko, Fan Zhang, Sarah Bollinger, Ray Shoulders & Ryan Smith. 2013 Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies. Denovo, Accelerating Science 1(1, Supplemental).
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Fossil: No

Source: ZooBank.org

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New Zealand's Elusive Panther

Mid-Canterbury's elusive black panther may have moved south.

Last week a delivery driver spotted what he described as a large cat-like animal feeding on road kill just outside the Fairlie township in the early hours of the morning.

The description was remarkably similar to reports in a number of sightings of the panther-like animal in Mid Canterbury roughly the size of a Labrador dog, with round head and a distinctive long tail.

Such sightings began trickling in 1992 when the animal was spotted at the Ashburton River mouth.

But the legend really took flight this century when Marcus Ewart and David Tutton reported seeing a large, black panther-like cat near Alford Forest; two years later the cat appeared again, this time witnessed by Peter and Toni May in the Ashburton Gorge.

A month later, in October 2003, truck driver Chad Stewart was startled by a huge black cat in the Mayfield foothills. The same month the cat appeared again, this time near the Fairton meat works.

Several sightings were reported in the Seafield and Pendarves areas in January 2004.

In May 2005 Mark Brosnahan met the beast in the foothills area, and Nic Newman came face-to-face with the legendary black cat on the Mt Somers Walkway in June 2005.

Brent Thomas happened across the cat at the Ashburton River Mouth in August 2006. More sightings in the Pendarves district followed

The last reported sighting came in August last year. Professional photographer Michael O'Neill captured an image of a large black animal slinking across the frozen surface of Lake Clearwater, providing the clearest photo yet.

Further afield the cat was seen near Twizel in 1996, two years later a tawny coloured Labrador-sized cat appeared near Cromwell, and Southland residents reported seeing bobcat-like animal in the Mataura area.

Department of Conservation officials have consistently stated the animals are large feral cats; however those who have seen them firsthand have down rejected that explanation. - NZHerald

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Highway Ghosts

I received this email this morning:

Lon:

The story (highway hitchhiker) about the Maine young girl that climbs into cars or trucks with strangers then is gone in a couple of miles is a story that is not a new story nor is it only told in Maine.

Just west of Castro Valley, CA back in the late '50s the story was told to me in slightly different way. A teen ager had been raped and killed on one of the lonely back roads. She would be seen hitch hiking and if a single man, generally in his 20s would stop, she would get in the car or pickup and give him an address which was generally about 2-3 miles down the road. It was said that if it was not the one that had hurt her, she would disappear. She was said to be looking for her killer.

When I was in Okinawa with my Navy husband in the '80s, I worked for Navy Legal at Kadena Air Force Base. We had an interpreter who had been working with the military for many years. It was close to Halloween and I asked him if he had any good ghost stories and he told me a very similar tale about a young girl who had fallen to the same fate by a couple of Marines. The rest of the story is the same.

I just wonder if this isn't a story that circulates all over the world. Have you heard of any other stories of this nature?

Thanks for reading this! Yarnwench

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Portland Harbor Mystery

What’s inside the four-story structure that was towed into Portland Harbor on Oct. 11 and how it will eventually be used remain a mystery, but some clues have emerged.

A barge holding a mysterious four-story structure has been tied up at Cianbro Corp.’s Rickers Wharf Marine Facility off Commercial Street in Portland since its arrival on Oct. 11.

The structure itself isn’t hidden away. It’s still on the barge that hauled it into Portland, docked at the Rickers Wharf Marine Facility, where Cianbro Corp. is scheduled to do a significant amount of interior work on it, including the installation of undisclosed technological equipment.

Even workers on the project aren’t being told about the structure’s purpose or the identity of its owner. That’s known by only a few Cianbro executives, said Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Cianbro. The company has signed a nondisclosure agreement with its customer, which has made secrecy a priority, he said.

“We are absolutely forbidden to discuss it in any way or in any detail,” Vigue said.

The Coast Guard doesn’t know what it is, said a staffer at the base in South Portland. The Portland Harbor Commission hasn’t been told, either.

So far, no one has figured it out, said Tom Dobbins, chairman of the commission.

“Curiosity has gotten to me,” he said. “I’ve got my spies out, but they aren’t doing anything for me.”

The structure’s exterior was built in New London, Conn. Its final destination could be anywhere the barge can carry it.

That rules out a voyage across the ocean, but leaves the coasts of North and South America and all navigable inland waterways.

Some have speculated that the structure is related to Exxon’s $14 billion project to develop the Hebron oil fields off Newfoundland.

Not so, say Exxon officials, who were shown photographs of the mystery structure and denied any involvement.

Others have speculated that it is a floating hotel for people building oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The top three floors appear to be divided into 196 rooms – with no windows.

The customer could be the U.S. military or the Department of Homeland Security, which would explain the secrecy, said Jeff Monroe, Portland’s former port director, who now works as a transportation consultant.

“In the name of security, the government can do a lot of things and keep them quiet,” Monroe said.

He said the structure could be a power plant or perhaps a “barracks barge,” providing housing for sailors before they are assigned to their ships.

Any good mystery needs some kind of clue, and Vigue provided one: “Be assured this is a good thing for Maine,” he said. “It will benefit not only our company, but our state as well.”

When asked if the building’s final destination is Maine, Vigue said “No.”

OK. Here’s one project that would be good for Maine, but not actually in Maine: In 2009, the search engine giant Google received a patent for a proposed floating data center that uses the ocean to provide power and cooling.

According to Google’s patent application, a fleet of data centers would float three to seven miles offshore in water 165 to 230 feet deep. They would use ocean water for cooling and wave-energy machines to create electricity.

Anchored off the coast of Maine, Google wouldn’t have to buy any land or pay property taxes.

Google could not be reached late Tuesday to discuss that theory.

Of course, thanks to technology like Google Earth, it’s harder to keep a secret these days.

After Cianbro finishes its work, the barge will leave Portland Harbor and the public will be able to follow its journey on commercial websites that use global positioning system data, said Dobbins, of the harbor commission.

He said the structure’s owner will try to keep the secret as long as possible, but eventually the truth will emerge when the vessel reaches its destination.

“Who knows where it ends up?” he said. - Press Herald

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