Recent Cryptozoologists of the Year

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 17th, 2011

Recent Cryptozoologists of the Year

by Loren Coleman, Director, International Cryptozoology Museum

Here is a rundown of the last four outstanding and often-unrecognized individuals who have added to the study of hidden, unknown, and new species.

Cryptozoologist of 2011: Mark Murphy

National Archives researcher Mark Murphy discovered papers detailing for the first time the United States government’s interest and attention to the search for the Abominable Snowmen or Yetis roaming the mountains of Nepal in the 1950s. Photo: Loren Coleman.

Cryptozoologist of 2010: Ngwe Lwin

Ngwe Lwin asking local people for information about a little-known new primate species, the new Mae Hka snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri), seen below, which he discovered. Photo: FFI.

Cryptozoologist of 2009: Gabriele Gentile

Italian researcher Gabriele Gentile holds a Galápagos iguana, a newly-verified pink and black species he discovered in January 2009. Photo: Gabriele Gentile

Cryptozoologist of 2008: Andrea Marshall

In 2008, after over five years of on-site work and confirming lab findings, doctorate candidate Andrea Marshall identified the giant manta ray as a distinctive new species, separate from the reef manta ray. She may have also found evidence of a future new, third species of manta.


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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

2 Responses to “Recent Cryptozoologists of the Year”

  1. Jonathan Poulsen responds:

    Where was Rhinopithecus strykeri discovered? and for some strange reason whenever I hear the word ‘Cryptozoology’ and ‘Monkey’ in the same sentence I think of that hoaxed photograph of a South American spider monkey which some called Ameranthropoides loysi (Loys’ American Ape).

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    To learn more about any of these folks, merely click the title of each section. For example, clicking on Cryptozoologist of 2010: Ngwe Lwin will reveal details of the Myanmar discovery of Rhinopithecus strykeri. Even though this new species is making some “lists of new species” for 2011, it was discovered, as you know from Cryptomundo, in 2010.

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