Malay DNA & Cast in Play

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 25th, 2006

DNA samples, theories on the creatures living in the swamps, future appearances on reality television are all in the news. Do not look for the Malaysian Bigfoot story to bolt from the media radar soon. Furthermore, we continue to ponder what to make of this track, cast by Sci-Fi’s Josh Gates?

Malaysian Swamp Monster

The footprint site is more visible in this new photograph (above) of the Malaysian Bigfoot cast still in the ground. This is the footcast that will be tested for DNA.

Compare it to the following images of the other side of the cast and various comparative rhino and Orang Pendek images.

Malaysia Bigfoot

Malaysia Bigfoot

Malaysia Bigfoot

Sumatran rhinos do exist in this area and double-stepping has been suggested. Below is the foot of an African rhino. The rhino foot can configure in a variety of ways.


Ignore the red outline on the cast below, said to be of the foot of an Orang Pendek, and note that a possible hallux (a big toe) may be sticking out to the side of this track, as is found among the pongids. (The Orang Pendek cast was collected in Sumatra.)

Orang Pendek


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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 “Malay DNA & Cast in Play”

  1. Brindle responds:

    Yes, there does seem to be a hallux on the Oreng Pendek cast.

    The Oreng Dalam cast appears to have a little toe in a very bad way on all the casts, or the hallux is on the wrong side. The Orang Utan has a smallish hallux but it is placed much farther toward the heel and, of course, on the arch side.

    The only critter I can find that has remotely the same foot configuration as the Oreng Dalam is a Tarsier, and obviously there is a very serious scale problem. All of a tarsier’s toes are on the end of a very long narrow foot and are arranged in kind of a fan shape.

  2. mark responds:

    You can feel the momentum building. More and more people are exploring unknown and hard-to-access areas. There is less and less habitat left for our unidentified hominids to hide in. The day is not very far off when we have conclusive evidence of one or more species, even if it’s not in Loren’s lifetime, as he suggested recently. The question is: what is the action plan for the crypto community when this day comes? How can we maintain order and calm in the environment of the newly identified species, do proper scientific research and get the government on our side? I would like to see a post on this.

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