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The Relict Hominoid Inquiry

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 7th, 2011

The Relict Hominoid Inquiry

Jeff Meldrum, Ph. D., has created a new journal.

The objective of the RHI is to promote research and provide a venue for the dissemination of scholarly peer-reviewed papers evaluating the possible existence and nature of relict hominoid species around the world.

A strictly on-line publication consists of a journal and biannual newsletter. The journal will contain primarily Research Articles with Commentary, as well as Letters & Responses, Brief Communications, Essays, News & Views, and Book Reviews. The webpage is hosted by the ISU server with the cooperation and assistance of Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC).

An editorial board, consisting of Ph.D.s or other-wise qualified professionals, is responsible for assisting with manuscript editing and reviewing in their respective area(s) of experience and expertise; assist in identifying willing, objective, and reputable outside reviewers and commentators; suggest appropriate topical areas to be addressed by the RHI journal and newsletter, and invite/solicit submissions to that end.

Editorial Board

(listed alphabetically)

John Bindernagel, PhD
John Bindernagel, PhD
Courtenay, BC, Canada

Todd Disotell, PhD
Todd Disotell, PhD
New York University
New York, NY

Colin Groves, PhD
Colin Groves, PhD
Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Walter Hartwig, PhD
Walter Hartwig, PhD
Touro University
Vallejo, CA

Chris Loether, PhD
Chris Loether, PhD
Idaho Sate University
Pocatello, ID

Jeffrey McNeely, PhD
Jeffrey McNeely, PhD
Chief Scientist IUCN – World Conservation Union
Gland, Switzerland

John Mionczynski
John Mionczynski
Wildlife Consultant
Atlantic City, WY

Anna Nekaris, PhD
Anna Nekaris, PhD
Oxford Brooks University
Oxford, England

Ian Redmond, PhD, OBE
Ian Redmond, PhD, OBE
Conservation Consultant
Manchester, England


Zhou Guoxing, PhD
Beijing Museum of Natural History
Beijing, China

About Loren Coleman
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.


10 Responses to “The Relict Hominoid Inquiry”

  1. oldphilosopher responds:

    Now THIS is promising.

  2. yetifan responds:

    Two questions…

    1) Are any members of the editorial board skeptical-leaning towards the possibility of relic hominids existing?

    2) Does Todd have a different head shot? :)

  3. DWA responds:

    Baby steps. But this is a pretty big baby step. Kudos. Looks like a good editorial board. If you’re going to build scientific interest to critical mass, this is the kind of thing that needs to happen.

  4. bigun wild responds:

    Meldrum is the man!

  5. semillama responds:

    I very much look forward to this. To get wider attention by scientists, use science. Publish scientific articles that are peer-reviewed. This will do far more than all the blurry youtube videos in the world in getting the proper attention paid to the subject. I look forward to reading it!

  6. arewethereyeti responds:

    If you build it, they will come. Will they, though?

    Although I agree the RHI is an important first step in the building of scientific interest and may, indeed, help legitimize the study of bigfoot and other relict hominoids, it remains to be seen whether there are – or will be – many forthcoming research papers to review.

    Certainly, to date (at least to this layman’s knowledge), there has been a dearth of scientific papers regarding this matter, but that may simply reflect a “chicken and egg” scenario due to the current lack of a serious reviewing body such as RHI. I guess time will tell…

    In any case, I congratulate Dr. Meldrum and his esteemed board members for getting the ball rolling.

  7. Ethologist responds:

    This is wonderful news! Glad to see some steps in the scientific direction! Hope this organization lasts much longer than the ISC. Hell, would be excited to see something such as the ISC be started once again. Maybe Darren Naish could work on something like that, as he seems to be getting academic focused cryptozoological study moving in the UK.

  8. Hapa responds:

    One small step for a cryptozoologist, one giant leap for Cryptozoology.

    Seriously, this is a very good development. With scientists like Bindernagel, Nekaris, Redmond, and so on, this will make for good reading and perhaps open up more possibilities for a break through.

    Meldrum, you’re my hero! :)

  9. Mïk responds:

    Oh YES! The science comes to Bigfoot!

    Dr Jeff, I really am glad to see this in place. We needed a forum with a scientific overview, and this brings it!. I can’t wait to see the quality of the reports that show up, and the insights of that great bunch of editors.

  10. nzcryptozoologist responds:

    i have been expounding this for years to add cresbility to the sciene of Cryptozoology and finally, guess some things just take a while.

    Mighty glad to see this.



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