Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 28th, 2006
A team of twenty scientists from Singapore has been told by government officials to delay a forthcoming expedition to find proof of the unknown hairy hominoids ("Bigfoot," to the media) being reported in the rainforests near Johor, Malaysia.
News services are spreading a rather hastily and badly written dispatch today:
The Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) told The Straits Times that Malaysian authorities informed requested that they delay the January 21 (sic) trip to hunt for a large, ape-like beast.
(Considering that the date of the report is January 28th, this makes no sense. – Loren)
The team of 20 planned to inspect footprints and bite marks on fruits to solved (sic) the mystery reported since November in the Malaysia media.
The usual recent recap and recycling of the old "Malaysia Bigfoot" details were included with the news of the expedition’s delay:
Three creatures, two of which were three metres tall, are claimed to have been spotted. A trail of 50-centimetre-long footprints was discovered recently in Panti.
Toh Seong Fai, SPI vice-president, appeared to be the spokesperson for the news. He was quoted as saying the mostly widely accepted theory is that "Bigfoot is a descendant of the giant primate species, Gigantopithecus Blackai (sic)."
The news reports have the circulated the apparent internal mistakes and misspelling above. Also, please note, he proper designation for the fossil great ape that lived reportedly until as recently as 300,000 (not 100,000) years ago, is Gigantopithecus blacki, of course. Earlier carbon-dating reports of 100,000 years before present, according to information from Dr. Jeff Meldrum this week, were incorrect.
No reason for the delay was given, but as soon as Cryptomundo finds out more, we will pass along the news.
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.