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Fossil Float Group

Group Photo from a Recent “Fossil Float” Adventure Trip

 

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Pilgrimage to Monroeville

Pangea’s Scott Marlowe and Robert Reese recently made a pilgrimage to Monroeville, Alabama to pay their respects to Harper Lee at her gravesite.

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“Nellie” Harper Lee

Nellie Harper Lee is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller “To Kill a Mockingbird” (published in 1960) and the recently released “Go Set a Watchman” (published in 2015), which portrays the Finch family years after the events for which they were immortalized in Mockingbird.  However, Watchman was actually written by Ms. Lee before Mockingbird and locked away for decades before being published.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” is about racial injustice in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression.  The book sold more than 40 million copies and became one of the most taught works of fiction ever written by an American author.

Ms. Lee died in her sleep at the Meadows, an assisted living facility, on Friday, February 19, 2016, in Monroeville, Alabama where she lived. She was 89 years old.

Marlowe and Reese wanted to stop by Monroeville to pay their respects while on a book signing tour of the Southern States this spring that included locations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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Harper Lee Gravestone

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Marlowe at Lee Gravesite

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Reese at Lee Gravesite

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Davies Films New Episode with Josh Gates for the Travel Channel

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Adam Davies

I have recently returned from Nepal,where I have been searching for the Yeti with television celebrity, Josh Gates.

Our investigations will be featured as part of Gates’ new series `Expedition Unknown ` which appears on the Travel Channel. Expedition Unknown chronicles the Josh’s adventures as he investigates iconic mysteries around the globe.

As you can understand, I am not able to talk about specifics until the show airs, but I can promise you that it will be an excellent episode!

Adam Davies in the Himalayas

This photo was taken by a Nepali colleague as I was descending from the Himalayas after filming with Josh Gates and his crew.

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Davies and Gerhard to Speak at International Bigfoot Conference

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Adam Davies

At the beginning of September, l will be speaking at the International Bigfoot Conference in Kennewick, Washington. A very strong line up of speakers includes Dr Bindernagel, Dr. Meldrum, Loren Coleman and another Pangea Institute Fellow,  Ken Gerhard, to name but a few will be making presentations.

My talk is about the quest for Science when doing field research, and the importance of dealing in hypothesis rather than certainties.

I will start with a general introduction to my field work, before focusing in on Bigfoot and ending with a recent investigation into the controversial Soha site in Oregon.

You can be sure that during the conference at least four of the speakers will be presenting ground breaking new evidence. If you are able, the conference will be well worth attending.

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Pangea’s Scott Marlowe Appears on Good Day Orlando

Good Day Orlando’s Amy Kaufeldt interviews cryptozoologist Scott Marlowe about Cryptids on Fox Network Station WOFL. Broadcast on July 23, 2016. By permission of WOFL Fox.

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Monster Meet Up Scheduled

Pangea, in cooperation with Author, Dave Gibson and Monster Hunter, Scott Mardis, are announcing the first Monster Meet Up expo to be held in the Ocala, Florida area.  Mark your calendars for February 18, 2017!

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The Great Icon Deliberation

Pangea’s Lamp of Learning (AKA “Aladdin’s Lamp”) icon has been around since the organization’s very beginning.  The lamp servicemark, along with our name, intending world harmony through education and the slogan, “We make learning and adventure,” epitomizes our belief in the poet Mark Van Doren’s quotation “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” is pretty much realized.  The lamp symbolizes lighting the way to knowledge.

At the time it was selected, the lamp chosen for the icon was simply a graphic we had found that appealed to us.  Little did we know that “Life (really does) imitates art.”

One of Pangea’s many friends, Kevin A. Ranson, a Content Creator, Horror Writer, Film Critic, & US Navy veteran, who is a Fan of Pangea Institute that follows our organization on Facebook, happened to notice that our beloved icon was a dead on match to an object d’ art he had in his collection of unusual pieces he had accumulated through his world travels. Kevin was kind enough to put together and propose an “update” to the original lamp icon for us (see the images below).

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Original Lamp Icon

New Pangea Lamp Logo

Proposed Lamp Icon

Well, this creates a bit of a controversy amongst Pangea’s many Fellows, Fans, Friends, and Followers.  You see, our “traditionalists” don’t want to change our recognized symbol – even a little bit.  Yet, our “progressives” favor the change as reflecting our progress over the years we’ve been around.

This upshot is that we need your opinion to help us resolve the controversy.  So, please let us know what you think by commenting on the artwork.  After a while, we’ll assemble all the comments and the Fellows will make a decision, yay or nay, on updating or not Pangea’s esteemed symbol.

Thank you for your input!!

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Pangea’s Ferrara Visits Schools in Liberia

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Clayton Louis Ferrara

Before I left for Africa, in a time that seems like a lifetime ago, I spent my last night in the United States on a quiet beach at night, alone with my thoughts gazing across a great and wide sea. Beneath heaven itself on the east coast of Florida, I thought of the journey I was about to take to a place I have dreamt of all my life.

Africa, the cradle of civilization, the place my ancestors walked out of some incomprehensibly long time ago, a place where goodness and evil were born together as siblings to spread across the Earth. To most Americans, the stigma of Africa is one of poverty, of war, and of great suffering. Yet, for me, and IDEAS For Us, Africa is a place of limitless opportunity.

Extraordinary accomplishments are the products of surprisingly simple ingredients. Dreams fueled by unwavering belief in their attainability, coupled with education are responsible for all of our greatest achievements. Here in Liberia, the first country in Africa I have ever set foot in, the same is true.

I am here as a result of a partnership that blossomed in 2013, between IDEAS For Us and Youth Exploring Solutions (YES). YES was founded in 2007 by Stephen Lavalah, a young Liberian, and United States Department of State fellow. Stephen traveled to the United States for four months in 2013 and lived with both myself, and the former executive director of IDEAS For Us, Chris Castro. In that time, he took action in numerous IDEAS events, lectured at American schools, and spoke to American students about how he has a profound vision for a Sustainable Liberia in his mind and in his heart.

2Together, we were able to put that project into words, and it was chosen as the 2013 project winner of the Continuing Community Partnership Grant by the IREX program.For the past week since my arrival, I have dressed as a Liberian, I have eaten traditional Liberian food, I have walked for hours through Liberian forests, I have slept the way most Liberians do, and I have listened to Liberian youth speak to me about Liberian problems. The future of the African continent belongs to young Africans, and my message here as been one of encouragement for them to believe in themselves and to break free of the bondage of self-doubt, and self-oppression.

For fourteen days, IDEAS For Us and YES are conducting an ambitious campaign of numerous speaking engagements, lectures, action projects, radio interviews, television talk show appearances, and a two day Leadership Summit to build capacity across the entire country. Together, IDEAS For Us and YES will host the first international Hive event, and conduct action projects in Energy, Water, Food, Waste, and Ecology. In the coming days, I will share what we have seen, learned, and accomplished in each of these areas with the IDEAS Movement. Together, I believe that we can plant the seeds of a Sustainable Liberia.

Yet, if I have learned anything so far in my time here, it is that Liberians are wonderful people, with big dreams that they deserve to see met. However I am not the one to wake their country from this dream. That task belongs to all young Liberians, for they must see their country through this metamorphosis, and I am sure they will. Everyday I wake up and say to myself, “I believe in Liberia”, and I know after seeing the great things we have accomplished, you will too.

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A typical classroom in a Liberian School

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Missing in Alaska

Ken Gerhard

Ken Gerhard

The Alaska Triangle, a region in northwest Alaska, has more unsolved missing person cases than anywhere else in the world. Over 20,000 people have vanished in the past 50 years alone.

Who or what’s behind these cases is unknown. Some believe it’s the work of local predators or simply the rugged, dangerous terrain, but legends thrive in Alaska, and the ominous history of disappearances in the area has drawn comparisons to the Bermuda Triangle.

Missing_In_Alaska_Ken-E (1)Working together with local experts and eyewitnesses, our team of investigators  go case-by-case to gather evidence, conduct tests, examine history and explore local myths to determine the most viable explanation for the disappearances, all while trying to understand the sinister mystery that is the Alaska Triangle.

As a cryptozoologist and field researcher for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute and consultant for various paranormal research groups I have investigated reports of mysterious animals around the world, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, Mothman, Thunderbirds and Werewolves. I am also the author of the books Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters and Encounters with Flying Humanoids: Mothman, Manbirds, Gargoyles and Other Winged Beasts, as well as co-author of Monsters of Texas.

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Pangea’s Davies on the Heals of the Yeti in Nepal

The Yeti , also known as the ‘Abominable Snowman,’  has always fascinated me.

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Adam Davies

In researching the creature, I was excited by the fact that stories about it go back many thousands of years, to ancient Shamanistic beliefs, long before the advent of modern religions, or our present day Societies.

For the people of the region the Yeti has always been a real living, mysterious creature.

However, it is fair to Say the legend of the Yeti is not without controversy.

Physical evidence such as scalps and mummified hands, and anecdotal sightings of eyewitness observations have all been interpreted in different ways by supporters and skeptics.

The Nepalese recognize two different types of Snowman – in their tongue “Yeh-teh.”  The “dzu-the” and the “meh-teh.”

The Dzu-teh is generally thought to be a bear — I would venture the one that Dr. Bryan Sykes DNA tested that made the newspapers world-wide recently —  while the Meh-teh is the man-like beast of legend that the rest of us are more familiar with.

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Yeti Track

In January 2009, I was asked to film a two part show for the popular television series on cryptozoology, “Monster Quest” entitled “The Abominable Snowman.”

In the previous October, a Japanese mountaineer named “Kuniaki Yahihara” had found alleged Yeti tracks on the slopes of Konanaban Khola. So it was to that region of Nepal that we headed off to further investigate his find.

Ultimately, the team split into two groups, with Ian Redmond O.B.E concentrating on the lower elevation forest, whilst I and the rest of the team made the ascent up the Mountain.

That was dangerous on occasion, as it included the traverse of a treacherous ridge. We were fortunate to dodge an avalanche which would have undoubtedly killed us like the tragedy that took the lives of American climbers recently.

Although we found no definitive physical evidence of the Yeti, I was persuaded that the Eco-System could support such a creature. The difference in the abundance of flora and Fauna between areas with and without human population was most striking.  There was plenty for the Yeti to live on I concluded.

The Yeti would, however, be very hard to track because of the terrain, and the remoteness of the areas it is said to exist in.

The eyewitness reports of this solitary, powerful creature, going back so many centuries are impressive and persuasive.  Thus, I plan a return expedition to conduct a more thorough investigation.  Stay tuned . . .

 

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Pangea’s Chimko Visits Petra

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Corey Chimko

My wife Molly has been teaching in Doha, Qatar for the last 3 years, affording us a rare opportunity to travel to places I thought I might never get to. In early 2014, we had the chance to visit Petra, Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World,’ and possibly the most amazing place I have ever been to. Petra is perhaps most famous for its appearance at the end of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ as the final resting place of the Holy Grail.

Being there, it’s easy to see why it was chosen. The place radiates ancient mystery. Every aspect of it inspires wonder, and there is more behind every corner and in every crevice. Petra is a living archaeological site – there are no ropes or barriers, no alarmed glass cases filled with artifacts. You are very literally a part of the site as you wander through it. The main site is usually approached by walking through the Siq, a steep-walled natural rock corridor made from the area’s famous red stone. Along side you runs an ancient aquifer which the ancient Nabateans constructed to create this artificial oasis in the desert and make the settlement of Petra possible.

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Corey & Molly at Petra

A half-hour walk brings you to the site’s most breathtaking sight: a sliver-like glance of the famous Treasury, or Al-Kazneh, a fifth-century temple carved into the cliff-face itself. It sits there like a mirage, nearly pristing save for scores of bullet holes, the result of treasure hunters acting on the legend that the urn at the temple’s apex was an ancient repository for Nabatean gold. It is hard to imagine, but this resplendant sight is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to Petra’s wonders. When you’ve calmed your beating heart from the sight of the Treasury, a further walk down the trail opens into the valley proper, and you are greeted with rock-cut living spaces and tombs covering the cliff faces in every direction. The Street of the Facades even includes and ancient amphitheatre, and as you walk into the main part of the valley, there are even more ancient columned temples, excavation sites and rock-cut paths and staircases leading to other parts of the complex.

A robust hike (or ride on a donkey) will get you to Ad Deir, or ‘the Monastery’, the second most famous site at Petra, another carved temple on one of the surrounding mountain tops. You can sit and sip tea in the company of the local cat residents, dwarfed in the temple’s shadow and overlooking the surrounding desert vistas. It is utterly breathtaking and unforgettable. Getting down, we took a twisting, winding path down the other side of the mountain, past local villagers selling their wares, with close up views of many of the valley’s tombs. Tombs that you can walk into and explore. For the athletic types there are smaller hikes around the site to take you to places like the ‘High Place of Sacrifice’, Snake Monument, and a nearby Crusader fort. Worn and exhausted, it’s a trudge back to the main entrance, but you once again get to take in views of the entire site and revisit the Treasury. For the truly exhausted, there are plenty of camels to help you on your journey. Petra is truly one of the wonders of the world.

If you are ever anywhere near the Middle East, go out of your way to see it. It will stick with you for the rest of your life.

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