Author Archives: Mike Bok

About Mike Bok

Grad student studying the vision of mantis shrimp.

Cryptozoology vs. Cameras I: Zoom! Enhance!

This will be a recurring series that technically and stylistically critiques photographs of cryptids (and any other such pseudoscience, minus the alliteration). I will offer snarky amateur suggestions on how to sharpen up your blobsquatches. Hopefully, this will contribute to … Continue reading

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Why do cryptozoologists hate arthropods?

Considering their diversity and ecological dominance of the planet, arthropods are conspicuously absent in the cryptid world. It seems most ‘serious’ cryptozoologists have a massive chordate megafauna fetish. Even other invertebrate groups have some highly notable cryptids: The mollusks have … Continue reading

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Creationists love mantis shrimp

The following article was originally posted on Arthropoda on November 24th, 2009. It was only the 5th blog post I ever made, but it is still one of my favorites. My graduate adviser and some of his collaborators recently published … Continue reading

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Poor DNA sequencing does not equal aliens

This was originally an off-topic post on my original blog, Arthropoda, posted in July 2010. This is a little off topic for the blog theme, but I can’t help a little exercise in pseudoscience deconstruction (especially since it affords me … Continue reading

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