Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 16th, 2006
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 made, supplies are being gathered, and old friends in Mongolia are being de-briefed.
The guys, who run a company called Extreme Expeditions, are going to take a route that leads them to a southeastern point in Mongolia, which overlaps with their 2003 quest for the Allghoi Khorkhoi, the Death Worm. They will spend time revisiting contacts, plus areas where Almas sightings have been reported historically.
In my new book, just posted at Amazon.com today, The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, Patrick Huyghe and I look at Almas as a possible survival of Homo erectus.
In the following never-before-published drawings by artist Richard Klyver, you see realistic depictions of Almas based on life descriptions gathered a hundred years ago. Klyver spent 7 years in Africa studying and drawing chimpanzees, and brings a naturalist-artist’s eye to these interpretations. (The new cover to the field guide is illustrated with Klyver’s drawing of Homo floresiensis/ebu gogo.)
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.