Daniel’s latest Junior Skeptic cover illustration for his story “Mammoth Mysteries Part Two,” bound inside Skeptic Vol. 21, No. 4). The image is a digital painting depicting an American Mastodon. The story continues Part One‘s intellectual history of the discovery of mammoths and mastodons and the startling truths these fossils revealed about extinction, evolution, and time. Daniel also discusses 19th century media hoaxes that claimed mammoths were still alive—and critically considers far-fetched cryptozoological claims that this might even be true today.
This digital painting by Daniel Loxton is the cover illustration for the current issue of Junior Skeptic (Daniel’s story “Bat-People On the Moon!,” bound inside Skeptic Vol. 20, No. 3). Telling the tale of the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, the story does indeed feature bat-people, beaver-people, blue unicorns, and other bizarre creatures that a famous media hoax once claimed to thrive upon the surface of the Moon.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI—formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) has named Daniel Loxton as a new Fellow of the organization:
Ten distinguished scientists, scholars, educators, and investigators from five countries have been elected fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), copublisher of the Skeptical Inquirer. CSI (formerly CSICOP) is one of the world’s leading organizations for the promotion of scientific thinking and the critical examination of extraordinary claims from a scientific point of view.
Fellows of CSI are selected for their “distinguished contributions to science and skepticism.” They are nominated and elected by CSI’s twelve-member Executive Council.
Other newly named Fellows include John Cook (of Skepticalscience.com), Julia Galef (president and cofounder of the Center for Applied Rationality), and historian of science Naomi Oreskes (co-author of Merchants of Doubt with Erik M. Conway).
Past Fellows include Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, and Martin Gardner. Current Fellows include science educator and television host Bill Nye, astronomer Neil de Grasse Tyson, Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann, anthropologist Eugenie C. Scott, psychologist Ray Hyman, and Cosmos creator/writer Ann Druyan.
Abominable Science! authored by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero is one of those books that comes along and makes the world a better place. A rare treat that you didn’t know you needed until you had it in your hands.
— Hayley Stevens
Columbia University Press’s highly anticipated paperback edition of Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero (foreword by Michael Shermer) is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!
Were we ever so young?
The upcoming issue of Junior Skeptic—Part One of Daniel Loxton’s two-part story “Journey Inside the Fantastical Hollow Earth,” bound inside Skeptic Vol. 20, No. 1—features this spiffy new digital painting! Read the table of contents for this story at Skeptic.com, or subscribe to get this issue of Skeptic magazine in print or digital formats.