Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 21st, 2011
As was hoped, sometimes the mere publishing of a thoughtful book does result in people writing thoughtfully.
The newest example is on io9 from Cyriaque Lamar in “Where did all the world’s giants go?”
Lamar writes, in part and in conclusion:
…what about more recent interest in giants? Cryptozoologist (and Cryptomundo blogmaster Loren Coleman) is an expert in the extremely rarified study of “true giants” and details present-day encounters with massive hominids in his book True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? According to Coleman’s studies, most modern accounts of giants are of hairy creatures that could be descendants of the 10-foot-tall prehistoric ape Gigantopithecus rather than loincloth-clad chaps of the Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, Jolly Green, or Samuel Beckett variety.
Barring some four-toed footprints, much of this evidence is anecdotal. As fringe as an undiscovered hominid that eclipses Bigfoot sounds, crazier ape-like beings have been spotted — for example, gangs of what appeared to be giant orangutans were observed during the Vietnam War.
Of course, it must be pointed out that this book is by Mark A. Hall and me, and that Hall’s theory of True Giants predates my more fully-formed ideas on the accounts and evidence. Also, Lamar’s article is full of links to find various tidbits of information but seems to have left out a link to finding True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? online. I took the liberty of adding the link inserted above.
Elsewhere, Anomalist Books has written a new overview here, “Groundbreaking, Thought-Provoking, and Paradigm-Challenging.”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.