English newspapers are reporting today, October 18, that Michael Ward has died at the age of 80. Ward was the expedition doctor on Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to explore routes up Mt. Everest. Ward, more importantly, to cryptozoology, was the doctor who was along with Eric Shipton when the now well-known Yeti or Abominable Snowman tracks were taken in 1951. “Michael Phelps Ward was born on March 26 1925 in London, and educated at Marlborough….Michael Ward, who died on October 7, married Felicity Jane Ewbank in 1957. She survives him with a son,” reported the London Telegraph, in today’s editions.
The media interest in the “Hobbits,” which I still enjoy calling by their more formal name, the Flores people or Homo floresiensis, is finally touching more seriously on their possible affinity to Australopithecus afarensis (“Lucy’). What’s interesting about this to cryptozoologists, of course, is the link to a continuous range of reports of little, upright hairy people from Indonesia, through India and the ancient Ceylon (Nittaewo), over to the homeland of “Lucy.” The reports of Sehite (West Africa) and Agogwe (East Africa) are especially intriguing for matching those of the Ebu Gogo of Flores Island. In the 1940s, there were [...]