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Igor Burtsev’s Report of the Russian Conference and Siberian Expedition Results

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 1st, 2011


Igor Burtsev’s other exclusive images from the Russian expedition are after his narrative, including ones of the footprint found in the Siberian cave.

The following is Igor Burtsev’s unedited hominology and cryptozoology results from recent events in Russia (including Siberia):

The International Scientific-Practical Conference on Hominology, organized by the International Center of Hominology (Igor Burtsev, director), with the assistance of the State Darwin Museum in Moscow (Anna Klyukina, director) and the Administration of the Tashtagol District (Vladimir Makuta, Administration Head) was held on the initiative and with the support of Dr. Aman Tuleyev, Governor of the Kemerovo Region, and a Member of the Federation Council (a Senator) Dr. Sergey Shatirov, in Gornaya (Montaneous) Shoria, on October 5 – 8, 2011.

It happened at the first time for last 50 years after the failure of an expedition to the Pamir mauntains arranged by the Commission on the question of Snowman under the Soviet Academy of Sciences, when the Governmental authorities paid attention and funded such an event as this conference, which was attended by known hominoid researchers from five countries jf the world.

Conference participants gathered in Moscow and had the first session in the State Darwin museum on October 5, after on October 6 in Tashtagol City, heard and discussed presented reports.

In the program of the Conference the participants also took part in field trips to the Azass cave and the Karatag mountain. During these field trips fresh substantial evidences were obtained of the presence in Gornaya Shoria of bipedal primates, standing very close to Homo sapiens in their essence and intellectual development. The usual names for them in the popular press in Eurasia are “snowman”, yeti, almas, almasty; in North America — bigfoot and sasquatch; in scientific circles — hominoid (homin, for short), troglodyte.

The evidences exist, first of all, in the form of so-called “markers”, i.e. specific wooden structures. (These structures are long established signs of hominoid habitats in North America, Eurasia and Australia). Such markers were found first by Anatoly Fokin, conference participant from the city of Kirov, already on foot way to the Azass cave: young fir tree tops broken at the height of 2.5 meters. Another evidence – specifically broken branches of a big larch downed probably by hurricane, attracted the attention of Robin Lynne from Mich, USA; and what was most spectacular — a double arch construction, each one of two rowan tree crowns that were intertwined, resembling thus a wide gate, also discovered by Anatoly Fokin on approach to the cave.

In the cave itself, humanlike footprints were found, from one of which were picked up over a dozen hairs of unknown origin. Another track showed imprints of five toes, bigger than human, and even with dermal ridges, also bigger than human. The width of the imprint at the toes is 16 cm (6 1/2 “), which is half as much again compared to human foot as, for example Nikolay Valuev’s one. This footprint was next to a low long niche the floor of which was covered with a thick ‘carpet’ of ferns that were not yet fully dry and formed a soft bed.

All of that were evidences that the cave had recently been visited by at least one creature, sort of justifying its species name Homo troglodytes (caveman), that was given to it back in the 18th century by the great classifier Linnaeus.

Before ascending the Karatag, that translates from the Shor language as “Black Mountain”, our guide, Ust-Kabyrza policeman Valery Topakov, led us to one more arch structure of two young alders, whose tops were intertwined like it was in the arch in front of the cave. He found that arch a couple weeks ago while investigating a report by some guests-fishermen about a beast seen by them in that location.

By the way, a similar arch of a rowan and birch had been found two years ago by me together with local searchers in the St.-Petersbourg region.

Lastly, marvelous finds were brought by the climb up the Karatag mountain, where during my previous trips here numerous signs of homin presence had already been noted in the form of broken tree limbs and intertwined branches. This time it was an interesting shelter, made of a giant fallen fir tree, whose branches were bent and figured, thus forming a large niche, which can be used for having a rest or as shelter from bad weather, and was covered with pieces of broken branches of other trees. A meter distance from the entrance to it was another arch formed by a thin long alder trunk bent and stuck under the twig of a larch standing nearby.

But the most surprising structure was discovered by chance by a TV group: eight-nine young firs broken elsewhere, brought together and placed with their top against the trunk of a high fir, forming a conic shelter with entrance on one side.

All these finds are evidences of undoubted existence in the wilderness of Gornaya Shoria of hominoids, or troglodytes — bipedal beings that do not use fire, tools and garments, but who are close to Homo sapiens as regards their level of development.

Igor Burtsev

Burtsev’s gallery of images from Russia/Siberia:

Footprint found in the Siberian cave (above and below).

Bed in the cave.

The arch and the drawing depicting details of the arch (above and below).

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.


7 Responses to “Igor Burtsev’s Report of the Russian Conference and Siberian Expedition Results”

  1. loopstheloop responds:

    Extra extra, trees fall in forest, mysterious animal inhabits cave.

    Stop press.

    I propose the unknown creature be nominated not Homo troglodytes, but rather Ursus troglodytes.

    Come on, this must be a peas-take. Admit it!

  2. wolfatrest responds:

    I don’t know enough anatomy to be certain, but if I were to step in loose soil like that, my entire footprint would be visible including the center. I’ve never seen a footprint where the outside was clear but the center of the foot didn’t touch the ground. I’ve seen them where only the front of the foot left an impression if you were sprinting, but I don’t see how a flexible foot could have formed this print.

  3. rickodemilo responds:

    Why is there always just one footprint?

  4. choppedlow responds:

    I love Igor, but he thinks that crazy chick in the trailer knows Bigfoot and gives him garlic. That said, he’s a nice guy and as hardcore as it gets. But I’m growing tired of those who look past proving they exist, and talk about their behavior as if they watched them in a zoo for a month. Let us first prove that these animals are real. Then we can speculate about how they eat deer and give birth in trees.

  5. sasquatch responds:

    I’d read Meldrums take on this situation.

  6. Jerry D. Coleman responds:

    I think Burtsev should team up with Biscardi and take their act on the road, maybe open for Penn and Teller.

  7. DWA responds:

    choppedlow: Um, yeah.

    This rankles about, for example, the BFRO as well. “Gangs of these guys will surround humans, then advance stealthily, as if to test them” (no, not quoting but you get the idea) and such rot.

    I’m all for people who have had experiences describing those, in detail. There’s a MD report up on the BFRO database right now that sounds like the kind of behavior I fancifully put up in quotes. (The huge strength of that organization: that database.) But to relay it to the public as the organizational Certification of Authenticity – when we don’t have close to proof that the animal is even real yet – strains credulity more than enough to keep all but a few serious scientists away.

    I’d settle for the TBRC approach. Intelligent speculation is required. But proof is needed before speculation is put out there as certainty.



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