Is it true that all hominids are hominoids but not all hominoids are hominids? Where do the pongids and anthropoids fall, as hominoids but not hominids? And what the heck is a homin? Who is on first, anyway? What are the various definitions of humanoid, hominoid, hominid, hominology, homin, anthropoid, and pongid? These jumble of words are loosely used when discussing Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Mawas, Almas, Yeti, Yowie, Orang Pendek, and a wide variety of hairy, upright or semi-bipedal humanlike cryptids. (See definition of cryptid here.) Can we sort out some basic definitions and understand some meanings for all of these [...]
Message from Russian Hominologists to Malaysian Colleagues Dear Vincent Chow, May I warmly congratulate you and your Malaysian colleagues on a marvelous, most important and long expected achievement — getting clear photographs of what we call homins (our technical,”professional” jargon term for relict hominids). Back in 1963, my teacher of hominology, the late Professor Boris Porshnev, proposed and urged the use of photography as a means of solution of the relict hominid problem. I followed his advice and argued for this method in the book To Kill or To Film? The Problem of Proof, 2000, against those who insist on [...]
In conjunction with Dr. Dmitri Bayanov’s essay, Cryptomundo readers might like to see this drawing contributed by Dr. Igor Bourtsev. The first meeting in 1972 between seven-year old Janice with the 28-year-old Bigfoot named Fox. Her grandfather Robert Carter defended her that time. Needless to say, many questions have been raised about the Carter Farm incidents. These accounts remain as credible, incredible, or uncredible as any eyewitness accounts, which, of course, have everything to do with the individuals involved and their re-tellings of the events. Click on the above image for a full-size version.
Is Manimal More Man Than Animal? by Dmitri Bayanov © 2006 International Center of Hominology Moscow, Russia Conclusion It is said that the significance of a scientific theory can be measured by the time it impeded scientific progress. Let’s hope the “ape model” theory won’t go down in history as very significant in this respect. Still it plays a major part in causing the Bigfoot research community to turn the blind eye to the Carter Farm case and the book 50 Years with Bigfoot: Tennessee Chronicles of Co-Existence. In my opinion, after this book business as usual is not on [...]
Is Manimal More Man Than Animal? by Dmitri Bayanov © 2006 International Center of Hominology Moscow, Russia Part Three In my book, In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman, 1996, I told about a local teacher in Eastern Kazakhstan, named Mstislav Kushnikov, who “has heard stories about ksy-gyik (wild man) from the locals and personally saw huge footprints at the place of one sighting. He opened a regional museum and one of its paintings, done by a local artist, is an enlarged copy of a picture in a textbook of anthropology showing a Neanderthal in front of his cave. Once [...]
Is Manimal More Man Than Animal? by Dmitri Bayanov © 2006 International Center of Hominology Moscow, Russia Part Two But the hardest stumbling block, which I painfully stumble against even today, is the unbelievable linguistic prowess of the Carter Farm Bigfoot. The two Sasquatch words of unknown meaning, remembered and brought from the wilderness to civilization by Albert Ostman, could easily be ignored and forgotten by hominologists, but how can you ignore and forget the published vocabulary of 223 Bigfoot words and phrases presented by Janice Carter Coy, each word and phrase dutifully translated into English? How did she manage [...]
Today, Cryptomundo’s publication begins – in four parts – of Dmitri Bayanov’s lengthy commentary on the status of Sasquatch/Bigfoot, a bit on ksy-gyik, and specifically, in some depth, his notions on the Carter Farm Bigfoot, within the context of the human family. This Bayanov essay is entitled, “Is Manimal More Man Than Animal?” After all, what do you make of the Albert Ostman affair? This is an interpretation of the Albert Ostman kidnapping by French hominologist Christian Le Noel. Below and in the other parts you will find a free-ranging essay by the Russian hominologist sharing his thoughts on the [...]
Review of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates by T. Peter Park Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman and science writer & Fortean researcher Patrick Huyghe have now updated their classic The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide (New York: Avon Books, 1999). They have just published The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates (New York & San Antonio: Anomalist Books, 2006; xvii, 205 pp.; ISBN # 1933665122; US $14.00, UK £ 8.50). It’s a revised edition of their 1999 book, with a slightly shorter title, a complete index, a Preface serving as an [...]
Could this drawing, done from life, demonstrate why there are seemingly “claw” marks in some Bigfoot prints?
Here’s an update to John Kirk’s posting. In an exclusive communiqué sent to me this month, Adam Davies and Andrew Sanderson tell of finalizing their next new search. The two UK cryptozoologists, who appeared in the successful new National Geographic documentary about their search for the Orang Pendek, are back, hot on the trail of other hairy hominoids in 2006. They are planning a return expedition to Mongolia and now it is set to occur in June. This time the objective is to find evidence of the elusive Almas. The two close friends are excited to go. Preparations are being [...]