Ozark Howler the Hyaenodont?

One of the defining characteristics in Ozark Howler folklore is that the beast is difficult to define. It's big like a bear, but it isn't a bear, because it's got a long tail. Its long tail is like a big cat's but it's not a big cat, because its body is too thick, its hair … Continue reading Ozark Howler the Hyaenodont?

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Avoiding Pseudoscientific Just So Stories of the Ozark Howler

A few years ago, the folklore blog Into The Wonder attempted to give a scientific explanation for the strange characteristics of the Ozark Howler. The writer suggested: "Creodonts share a common ancestor with members of the order Carnivora. They bear a superficial similarity to large cats or enormous weasels, but are actually quite distinct. I’m thinking the claims about … Continue reading Avoiding Pseudoscientific Just So Stories of the Ozark Howler