Sunday, May 29, 2016

Monster Week on Animal Planet Channel: Meh



Dr. Mark Evans is going to help launch Monster Week on Animal Planet with a special called "Yeti or Not." He will look at DNA from many samples. It will be on at 9 pm on Animal Planet tonight!


The week will include deadly animals, river monsters, Weird, True and Freaky, Grizzlies, Tasmanian tigers, and crocs and dragons. 

I admit, I'll watch the Sunday special, but I don't see a lot of excitement for a "monsters" week. I expected a whole lot more of unexplained monsters and fantasy monsters like dragons and gargoyles, Mothman, and Jersey Devil. I suppose crocodiles and grizzlies seem like monsters, but to me they are, well, animals. Come on Animal Planet! 

I'd like to have seen the week launched with a vintage day - an entire day of old 70s documentaries about Bigfoot like Mysterious Monsters and The Legend of Boggy Creek. Throw us right into the era of obsession about the unexplained. A day of just fantasy monsters like dragons, gargoyles and even cave monsters, would have been enthralling! Maybe consider a day of Mothman, Jersey Devil and Nessie.... 

I wish I could say I'd be watching all week, but I know I'll only tune in tonight. Dang!

What are Yeti if they exist? Given the location and size reported, my guess would be Neanderthal. Neanderthal and Denisovan descendants are likely what we witness in key areas around the world that have man-like "beasts." Both types of men were likely well acclimated to cold northern climates/ice age climate, and high altitudes. The lengthy body and shorter limbs were ideal for mountain climbing environments of racing up hillsides on all four if needed, barrel chests and ability to handle altitudes, ability to handle harsh climates with hairy bodies and thickened skin. 

I will launch my own monster week by pulling out all my old documentaries and really bad Syfy movies....



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