Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 20th, 2006
In terms of keeping you informed, this is shared. In terms of levels of frustration, you looked, correct? We report. You decide.
A short description of a specimen labelled as "JHFW 19/2/2006: Hair Sample 1"
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The above sample was one of three collected by Vincent Chow (on 19th Feb. 2006 at 10.30 am) during one of his trips to the haunts of the hominid at Kota Tinggi. Together with Vincent for the outing were a BBC journalist Jonathan Kent, accompanied by Justin (cameraman from BBC UK), the local NST press and cameraman and some members of the Johor chapter of the Malaysian Nature Society. Jonathan has been kind enough to send the sample to Dr. Rob Ogden from the University of Wales for examination.
The hair was found in the vicinity of where the footprints were discovered. Vincent saw a portion of a branch being covered with mud and on looking closer, was seen a small piece of dried up clay with a few hairs sticking out of it. It was located about 2m from the ground stuck to a small branch that overhanged the bank of the clear water stream.
We see the possibility that the hairs could have come from a very tall individual. The hair sample is about 2.8 cm in length, is black in color and the tip is pointed. Preliminary results by Dr. Rob shows that it is human. However as there is no fundings, further analysis could not be carried out. We are publishing this photograph so that you could assist us to shed some lights on this piece of hair. Our questions are:
a. How does this hair differ from a typical Homo sapiens and other great apes?
b. What can you say about the morphology of the hair?
c. What set of criteria could be used to determine if it was mostly likely to be of human origin?
As signed by Sean Ang.
Vincent Chow makes side comments at an earlier news conference about photos that demonstrate to him that the then so-called Malaysian Bigfoot is real.
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.