Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 13th, 2010
The word “missing link” has been thrown around a lot lately.
MANADO, May 10, 2009 (Xinhua) — Photo taken on May 10, 2009 shows the fossil of a coelacanth displayed at the Grand Kawanua Convention Center in Manado, Indonesia. Coelacanth, known as the living fossil, is the common name for an order of fish that includes the oldest living lineage of jawed fish known to date. The coelacanths were believed to have gone extinct some 70-80 million years ago until a live specimen was found off the east coast of South Africa in 1938. Since then these fish have been found and caught in Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, the Comoros and Indonesia. (Photo: Yue Yuewei)
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.