Posted by: John Kirk on November 1st, 2013
Well, we at the BCSCC were the first to say it and now Bryan Sykes confirms what we brought to you in the BCSCC Quarterly a couple of years ago. We stated our belief that Zana, the unknown hominid of Abkhazia was of possible Australoid descent and carried an article on the Africans who lived in Abkhazia in the 19th century.
It turns out that Bryan Sykes has identified sub-Saharan ancestors in the lineage of Khwit, Zana’s son and therefore in Zana herself.
Sykes’ findings are to be found here: Bigfoot Files: Zana DNA Test Results Are In
This paragraph is extremely telling: “And Sykes has raised the bold theoretical possibility that Zana could be a remnant of an earlier human migration out of Africa, perhaps tens of thousands, of years ago. If correct, Zana could be evidence of a hitherto unknown human ‘tribe’, dating from a distant time when the human species was still evolving and whose ancestors were forced into remote regions, like the Caucasus mountains, by later waves of modern humans coming out of Africa.”
This ‘tribe’ is ancient because Zana’s son Khwit has features that first the Russians and then Sykes have indicated are quite ancient. His skull actually contains an extra bone we do not have. Zana is African, but not modern African.
Once again, the BCSCC has beaten everyone to the punch and we did it without DNA. Simple due diligence, thoroughness and common sense were what we employed. This puts another nail in the coffin of those who think bipedal hairy hominids are pongids.
If Zana’s lineage was out of Africa many eons ago, then what is to say that the north American Sasquatch may not be. Only time and DNA will tell.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.