Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 12th, 2007
The Przewalski’s horse, a Pleistocene megafauna survivor, can be called a “living fossil,” in the popularized employment of that phrase. Certainly, this horse is of interest to cryptozoologists. In the society we live in, this is an animal your daughter may know more about than you do.
The species (Equus ferus przewalskii, Equus caballus przewalskii, or Equus przewalski poliakov – classification is debated) is the last truly wild horse, first recognized by zoology in Mongolia in 1881.
It is an animal of discovery, with lessons to teach in cryptozoology. Besides, the Przewalski’s horse story overlaps with that of the Almas. See more about it here.
As to replicas, you might be surprised to hear that good representations of this horse have been produced for some time. But don’t look for them in the “dinosaurs” and “prehistoric animals” sections of the museums, toy stores, and craft outlets. These replicas have been hiding over in the “girls’ toys” aisles, along with all those other horse models.
Could this be the source of why some young women turn to cryptozoology? There are hints right there in their horse collections.
Two companies, Bullyland and Schleich, make good replicas of wild horses.
Bullyland produces a model that nearly looks like a Przewalski’s horse, which is called their Prehistoric Ancient Horse. It is 6″ long, shown above from The Dinosaur Farm.
To clarify, this is the Miocene fossil horse Anchitherium.
It is seen (above) in this view from Link and Pin Hobbies site.
The Schleich Przewalski’s Horse is a beauty to behold. It shows great detail and is 4″ long. This variety is infrequently found in the better “horse collections” at some toy stores; the replica here is from Healthstones’ Hobbies.
If you have a daughter or a son, now you know what to sneak into their stockings for a little cryptozoological learning.
In this series, see also:
Appreciation to The Dinosaur Farm, Healthstones’ Hobbies, and Link and Pin Hobbies for the information and images of today’s replicas. If you decide to shop with them, let them know that you heard about their replicas from Cryptomundo, so they understand the impact of cryptozoology and continue to supply these replicas. (No financial benefit for me is obtained from such a referral, btw. I like to write my critiques without such bias.)
This writer and the museum, instead, are supported by the kindness of readers such as yourself. Please donate to the International Cryptozoology Museum by sending your financial gifts, unwanted or extra replica animals, and/or cryptozoology artifacts to Loren Coleman, Director, ICM, PO Box 360, Portland, ME 04112, or send any fiscal contributions via PayPal to LColeman@maine.rr.com
Photo by Amber Waterman.
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.