Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 4th, 2007
As recreations of Sahelanthropus tchadensis demonstrate, this fossil primate may be an ancestor of chimpanzees, gorillas, early humans, and/or even the cryptid agogwe of Africa.
Discovered by Michael Brunet, et.al in Chad, central Africa, about 2,500 km from the East Rift Valley. Reported in the August 15th, 2002 issue of Nature, it is described as being from 6 to 7 million years old.Bone Clones catalogue
A superbly crafted replica has been produced by the fine folks at Bone Clones. It is actually a work of art, which can be nicely displayed with an inexpensive customized stand, and well worth being in your own personal cabinet of curios or science artifacts at your home, research office, or school. Cryptomundo highly recommends Sahelanthropus tchadensis Skull BH-029. You can order your own directly from Bone Clones.
French paleontologist Brigitte Senut (one of the discoverers in 2000 of Orrorin tugenensis, “Millennium Man”) has suggested that Sahelanthropus tchadensis may be an early gorilla.
It is time to reopen the file on this almost-ape, almost-hominid for cryptozoologists. While doing your own research on this new hominoid, hold this skull replica in one hand, and compare it to the Homo floresiensis skull replica in your other one, also from Bone Clones.
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.