(Attention! The order of passage is provisional)
Saturday 19th of September 2020
2:00 p.m : Opening
- 2.15 pm : Javier RESINES (Journalist - Spain): "Cryptozoology, also in Spain: Yeti, Nessies, Chupacabras on the other side of the Pyrenees" (in French with translation in English)
Spain is a cryptozoological microcosm. There is no need to go to the jungles or distant mountains to find stories of encounters with impossible creatures. In the city where you live, on the beach where you spend your holidays or on the lake where you fish, there seems to be a strange fauna. We will discover that in the Pyrenees, there have been dozens of meetings with wild men, called basajaun; that in the lake of Banyoles lives a plesiosaur called the dredger; that on the island of Tenerife, the chupacabras kill hundreds of animals or that a gigantic pterodactyl roams the skies of Barcelona. Prepare for an extraordinary trip to Spain ...
- 3.15 pm: Adèle DAVID (Translator - Scotland): "Tasmanian tiger, is he likely to have survived to the present day?" » (in French with translation in English)
An essential figure in cryptozoology, the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, would have died out in 1936, the date of the death of the last known specimen at the Hobart zoo. However, this endemic Tasmanian carnivorous marsupial has continued to be the subject of numerous observations, the most recent of which suggest its survival to the present day. Drawing on the latest advances and testimonies on the subject, this conference will try to determine whether or not thylacine is still with us - and by what means we can hope to finally rediscover it.
4:30 p.m : Coffee break
- 4.45 p.m : Michel RAYNAL (Biochemist, Cryptozoologist - France): "Expeditions on the track of the Amerantropropoid: cryptozoology or hunting for dahu?" (in French with translation in English)
Several expeditions have been organized in Venezuela, in search of the ameranthropoid, this monkey slaughtered around 1920 of which we have a photograph. Methodological errors, misunderstandings, false information, even hoaxes, characterize these expeditions, as shown in unpublished documents.
- 5:45 p.m : Dr. Charles PAXTON (Océanographe, Statisticien – St Andrew University - Ecosse) : «The Media and the Loch Ness Monster : new statistical analysis»
This talk will update may statistical analysis of Loch Ness Monster reports as well presenting two new analyses. The first one will use the presence of impossible information in Nessie reports to provide a lower bound estimate of the reliability of the reports. The second analysis will explore the influence of source type upon what is reported.
8:00 p.m : Supper with the speakers
Sunday 20th September 2020
- 9:00 am: Jean-Louis MAURETTE (Professional diver - France): “Almasty: a Yeti in the Caucasus? » (in French with translation in English)
Thousands of testimonies in the Caucasus relating to the existence of an unknown hominid have accumulated for centuries. The Caucasus is the region where the number of encounters with the unknown creature, most often called Almasty in this mountainous region, is the most important. At the beginning of 2013, a friend living in Moscow contacted me and offered to go on an adventure, just to get some fresh air and discover new horizons, preferably in the Caucasus. I don’t have to search long and asked, "Could we look for the Almasty? ". My friend agrees with the idea. The project is launched, we will follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Almasty! These will continue from 2013 to 2019.
10:15 am: Coffee break
- 10.30 am: Marcus MATTHEWS (Diplômé en agriculture, journalisme, Histoire de l’art et littérature - Grande Bretagne) : «Big cats Loose In britain»
This lecture on Alien Big Cats will include personal descriptions of sightings and reports of live and dead cats-Leopards, Pumas, Lynxes, junglecats, leopard-cats, and wildcats. It will look at the evidence pawprints, livestock and wildlife kills, scratchmarks on trees. It will also chronicle the main researchers into the subject and examine the sightings. It will be based on material I have gathered over the years. I will bring copies of my book BigCats Loose In Britain for sale if you like..
12:30 am: Buffet
- 2.00 pm: Ulrich MAGIN (Translator- Germany) : «Tatzelwurm, dragon-worm of the Alps»
432 eyewitness reports of tatzelwurms – large, unusual and/or bizarre reptiles in the French, Swiss, Italian, Austrian and German Alps – have been collected and analysed – an attempt to decide whether it is possible to draw a phantom portrait of the creature. Do they represent a single animal species, or will they prove to be of different animals?
The multitude of descriptive details shows that each sighting has one or several characteristics with many other in common; however, no clear cut image emerges. For example, while more tatzelwurms are said to have a cat’s head than a serpent’s head, this feature is combined with legless, two-legged, for-legged, many-kegged or winged worms, and the same applies to a lizard’s head, a crest along the back, or the number of legs. The speech will detail some of these characteristics, and attempt to draw conclusions from them regarding which kind of animal is involved.
3:30 pm: Coffee break
- 3:45 pm: Dr. Charles PAXTON : « Hoops, Loops and Reliability: the History of Biologically Impossible Giant Water Serpents»
Here I explore the history of serpentiform aquatic monster reports that contain a biological impossibility: the presence of hoops or arches of body above the water in a vertically flexing animal body. Images of such of serpentiform animals have been common ever since such animals have been illustrated yet the actual proportion of such reports especially at Loch Ness has until recently been extremely low. As the biological impossibility of such animals is not widely known, yet the images of such monsters are extremely common, this does support the contention that there the vast majority of serpentiform reports are based on an underlying physical reality even if not an unknown species.
4:30 : The End