Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 25th, 2010
The simple fact is that little is known about Gigantopithecus. As Anthropology Weblogist John Hawks sharply notes: “Gigantopithecus blacki was, as its name implies, a gigantic ape from the Pleistocene of China. Its remains consist only of teeth and jaws, but these are of a tremendous size, with the largest specimens nearly twice the dimensions of male gorilla teeth and jaws.”
I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m finishing up my long-awaited book with Mark A. Hall entitled True Giants, from Anomalist Books. It is about the possibilities of the ongoing survival of rather large anthropoids, focussing on Gigantopithecus.
In finalizing the thoughts for the book, it is dismaying to realize that it has been so long since any further breakthroughs have been made in finding Gigantopithecus fossils.
I wonder when the readers at Cryptomundo will begin to hear of any hints of new Giganto findings?
From a painting by Zdenek Burian.
Painting by paleoartist John Sibbick.
Image courtesy of McMaster University of Gigantopithecus blackii.
Pete Travers’ drawing compares the different types of Gigantopithecus and a six-foot human.
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.