Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 21st, 2006
You can now own part of cryptozoological and anthropological history! In a breaking news announcement from their headquarters, I have learned that Bone Clones, Inc. has finally finished their detailed copy of the skull of the Flores’ Hobbit, Homo floresiensis.
"What timing. It’s done!!! Just finished today. Very pleased with it," reported David Kronen from Canoga Park, California, after I contacted him early on Tuesday, February 21st for an update.
Named the #1 Top Cryptozoology Story of 2004, the discovery of Homo floresiensis still rocks the foundations of Science. Homo floresiensis researchers and Hobbit fans have eagerly anticipated obtaining a copy of this rare type specimen from Flores, Indonesia. It represents the startling reality that Proto-Pygmies existed into our recent past. The Flores’ Ebu Gogo sightings may indicate they are still cryptozoologically around today.
This real life anthropological breakthrough is as remarkable as the finding of the first coelacanth, the 65 million year extinct "living fossil" found off Africa in 1938. This Hobbit story has become the event of the decade, thusfar, in cryptozoology.
The editor of Nature, Henry Gee, in a 2004 editorial entitled "Flores, God and Cryptozoology," wrote: "The discovery that Homo floresiensis survived until so very recently, in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as Yetis are founded on grains of truth….Now, cryptozoology, the study of such fabulous creatures, can come in from the cold."
Cryptozoologists and hominologists have been waiting to obtain an affordable quality replica of this skull, and now we have it.
Bone Clones, Inc. will be selling them for $289 each, plus shipping. This price is much more reasonable that the copies made from silicon, which have cost $2000 each. Bone Clones skulls are custom formulated, high grade, polyurethane resin, which simulates the subtle delicacy of natural bone, yet are extremely durable and resist breakage and chipping.
(Please note, an earlier quote of $239 plus shipping was my post-Coast-to-Coast-AM-with-George Noory three-in-the-morning typo. Sorry.)
If you are interested in purchasing a Hobbit (Homo floresiensis) replica skull, they are not even in the Bone Clones catalogue yet. But you can obtain them right now by mentioning Cryptomundo, and using "Part Number BH-033" to order them. Go to the Bone Clones ordering information here.
BTW, Bone Clones is a very crypto-friendly company. The Bone Clones people are exclusive licensors of the Krantz Collection, with those items for sale too. These include the Grover Krantz reconstructions of the Meganthropus and Gigantopithecus skulls, as well as the right and left foot casts of the Bossburg Bigfoot.
For those that have asked me how they can go about beginning to obtain items for your own personal cryptozoology displays and talks, you can start your cryptozoology collection today, at Bone Clones – with the Hobbit skull and from the Krantz Collection. They are useful for research and educational purposes.
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.