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Cryptozoology is Paleontology’s Dysfunctional Stepsister

Picture this: a young scientist is meticulously poring over piles of plaster in his lab, stroking his beard and sifting through fragmentary evidence trying to determine the validity of a giant creature that may not even exist. Is this early 2000s Jeff Meldrum, or perhaps another Sasquatch researcher digging through…

Movie Recommendation: The Unwonted Sasquatch

This is one of my favorite Bigfoot documentaries. It presents interviews of quality researchers like Dr. Meldrum and Thomas Steenburg without unnecessary dramatic editing and spin. When a statement is made by one of the interviewees, the corresponding evidence / images are immediately shown on screen to give visual aid…

Where are the bones? Ask T. Rex.

The lack of a fossil record for apes in North America is a common hill for many skeptics to plant their flag on, but it is a hill made artificially tall by hindsight biases perpetuated in entertainment and media. Such a position presumes that all species must leave evidence of…

Ethology: The study of evolutionary behavior

Ethology is an underappreciated field of biology that is often overshadowed by the more common 'E' keywords like Evolution, Environment, Ecology, Extinction, so on and so forth. I certainly didn't hear the term until well after college, let alone in a grade school science classroom. As an independent field of…

Happy St. “Patty’s” Day!

We at the Olympic Project would like to pay homage to our own patron saint "Patty" with a pointer to this 2013 paper in RHI by Bill Munns and Jeff Meldrum analyzing the presence of skin folds and body fat on the Patterson-Gimlin Film subject. Here's hoping you all "get…

Artificial Intelligence and the PGF: (Deep)Mind the Gaps

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning has become all the rage over the last decade, especially with the publication of AlexNet in 2012 combined with the rising power of parallel computing via graphics cards (GPUs). AlexNet was the seminal work spurring the rise of deep CNNs (Convolutional Neural Nets, not Anderson…

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