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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bipedal Thylacines, Bipedal Wolves, and Dogmen

Imagine running into a bipedal creature that looks like a man, but has the head of a wolf. If any of you readers have looked at this blog before you probably know that I've written a lot about Dogmen, which I think are becoming the "next big thing" in cryptozoology.

Dogmen are usually described as about seven feet tall, with extremely muscular bodies, elongated wolf paws for feet and hands, German Shepard-like heads, and sometimes tails. Yeah, these things are not the same thing as Bigfoot. Dogmen are seen all over the United States, and are sometimes seen near where humans live. These things are mean, too.

Nick Redfern has a new post on his blog and Mysterious Universe about this fascinating phenomenon. It isn't all about American Dogmen, though; part of it is about Thylacines.

A Thylacine

Thylacines were marsupials that lived in Tasmania and Australia. They officially became extinct in the 1930s, but people have reported seeing them since, and there's nothing else in the world that looks like a Thylacine. I'm one of the people who thinks Thylacines could still be alive. And honestly, I hope they are, because Thylacines were/are amazing animals, and got a fate they didn't deserve. People living in Tasmania/Australia killed off most of the Thylacines only because they thought the critters were killing their sheep; when in reality the majority of sheep killing were actually caused by wild dogs. By the time the Thylacine could be protected, it was too late. The last one officially seen alive died in a zoo in 1936.

They say you learn something new every day, and Redfern did teach me something today: that Thylacines could actually walk on their back legs. They also had heads like wolves. Does that sound like anything to you? Now, Dogmen don't really look like Thylacines, but they are a bit similar.

Redfern's post starts out like this:

As readers of Mysterious Universe will know, one of the things that particularly fascinates me is the matter of werewolves. Not in mythology. Not in folklore. And not in the movies. We’re talking about werewolves in…reality. Of course, most people scoff at such a fantastic scenario. But, the fact is that there is an undeniably huge body of data on record that suggests these things do exist. Check out the excellent, published work of Linda Godfrey and you’ll see what I mean.
Now, when I talk about werewolves, I’m most definitely not referring to people who literally shape-shift from human to wolf, sprout hair and fangs, and then change back again. I’m talking about creatures that appear to be wolves of some kind, but that have the ability to walk on their back legs – as in upright form, and not unlike us. Could it really be the case that an unrecognized type of bipedal wolf calls the United States its home?

To see the full thing click here: Werewolves or Bipedal Wolves?