February 8, 2008

Gigantopithecus Captured!

On December 1, 2007, before my “Introduction to Cryptozoology” talk, I toured the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition on Mythic Creatures. In their moderately-sized exhibition hall, I felt one of the highlights was the corner they set aside for unknown hairy hominoids.


The Gigantopithecus model was a wonder. It appeared as above, large and Yeti-like for all the world to ponder.

The photographs below might give an insight into a different kind of feeling.

Cryptomundo correspondent Trey Howell had just finished reading Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America and found himself at the American Museum of Natural History during the middle of this week.

He was wandering around the halls. Trey “passed a TRex, turned a corner and behind some barriers in a crate [he saw] the full scale Gigantopithecus model.” What he saw was startling and remarkable.

He had discovered the museum was breaking down the recently closed exhibition Mythic Creatures, near the Dinosaur wing on the 4th floor. Being a well-prepared Cryptomundian, needless to say, he had his camera at ready. He snapped off some pictures to share with me, and by extension Cryptomundo.

Is this a peek into the future, to how it will look when the first Gigantopithecus or Yeti or Sasquatch is captured?







What will the first trapped but living Abominable Snowman look like?


These photos give a sense of the power evidenced in such a meeting between one of these Pleistocene giants and our ancestors. For an individual who has encountered one more recently, the beast’s appearance must go beyond easy descriptions.

Photos by Trey Howell.

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.

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