Famed Russian Hominologists Discuss Unusual Tracks

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 6th, 2010

New photos are published exclusively here for the first time! They are emerging as possible further evidence for True Giants.

Vadim Makarov holds a remarkable cast of a True Giant track found over 30 years ago in the Pamirs.

This unique four-toed print is compared here to a typical large-sized, five-toed Almasty cast.

Famed Russian hominologists, from left to right, Dmitri Bayanov (the creator of the word “hominology”), Igor Burtsev (holding the common Almas-like print found in the Pamirs, this example from 1979), and Vadim Makarov (with the long four-toed footcast of a True Giant from the Pamirs, 1981).  Photograph by Igor Burtsev, November 19, 2010.

In Central Asia an example of a footprint with consistent True Giant characteristics comes to us from the Gissar Mountains in the Pamir-Altai Range of Tajikistan. Tracks found in September of 1981 were 49 cm (19 in) long and showed four toes. A photograph appeared in the Moscow News weekly for November 22-29, 1981. It shows a cast of a long foot with four large toes of similar size. Next to the cast is a scale in centimeters (although the width of the cast is not clearly measurable because the photo was taken at an angle). Beyond the cast is a shod human foot. The photo caption identifies this cast as a footprint found by Vadim

~ pages 39-40, True Giants.

As noted in this new book by Mark A. Hall and me, a taboo is being broken by publishing this contribution to the literature, as even the hominological establishment are in continued questioning of the True Giants evidence.

Igor Burtsev, for example, who is a well-known supporter of the Carter Farm scenarios, wrote me that in Tajikistan he occasionally met a man who described the shape of the footprint and claimed he knew the exact place where he faked it. As John Green has often said, there is always someone to step forward to claim they were the source of a hoax, to get their fifteen minutes of fame too. Indeed, the large footprints and larger than Bigfoot and Almas evidence are difficult for some to consider. But the challenge must be expressed, as it has been with hostile debunkers, have the doubting hominologists even read the total body of the evidence, yet. Of course they have not.

The Pamirs footprint with four toes found by Makarov is, nevertheless, supported by a few hominologists, and fits nicely in with other evidence noted in the new book True Giants. Will establish cryptozoologists and hominologists read the overall thesis before making their judgments about the concept? Or will they be guilty of the harsh skepticism and ridiculing debunking already apparent on some anti-cryptozoology forums and lists?

True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive?

Time will tell.


Veterans of the Russian Snowman Institute, associated with the Darwin Museum in Moscow: Porshnev, Mashkovtsev, Smolin, Bayanov, and Koffman. 1970.

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.

5 Responses to “Famed Russian Hominologists Discuss Unusual Tracks”

  1. dogu4 responds:

    Interesting, and worth noting that among the factors that correlate with an organism’s size, one of the most significant is the size of the habitat for which they are adapted. It could be argued that the mountainous regions of central Eurasia, from Eastern Europe extending through the Pamirs and on past the Himalayan Plateau, together constitute the largest continuous terrestrial ecological region on earth currently. A little time spend with Google Earth might convince anyone that, even if it could not be said to be ‘unexplored’ in a technical sense, it is certain a vast and mostly empty realm where human habitation is the exception rather than the rule, and as such there surely should be some remarkable megafaunal discoveries yet to be made there.

  2. airforce47 responds:

    It should be noted by all readers that the evidence being presented in Loren’s new book should first stand by itself and be examined independent of other evidence. Only then can any the reader compare the evidence to other evidence that has been gathered for the existence of the proposed giants.

    A good example of this would be other photos to accompany the footprint cast showing the impression, the stride and the amount of material thrown up by the footprint. This evidence along with the cast should then be compared to other evidence to determine its credibility.

    The scientific method should be applied at all levels of cryptozoology to help keep out those people who hoax. If we had done this completely in the past some of the great hoaxes may have been rejected before they came to fruition. My best,

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    I couldn’t agree with airforce47 more, and would like to follow that up by saying that hopefully future investigative efforts will more completely gather the total range of evidence that is found. As the book points out, too often, the very fact that people do not openmindedly consider the possibility of True Giants existing often causes items to be ignored, not safeguarded, and discarded.

    “If it is not suppose to be there,” the comments go, “why should we look for it?” The same goes for extraordinary evidence that seems outside the realm of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Almas, and other hominoids, all of which have become mainstream in cryptozoology.

  4. Tacos_with_Chili responds:

    Larger than Bigfoot.

  5. graybear responds:

    The ‘If its not supposed to be there, why should we look for it’ mentality is so prevalent in anything that is supposedly outside the norm (melanistic pumas and in fact any puma that isn’t where it is supposed to be come instantly to mind) that there ought to be a scientifically named psychological state for it. This state seems to infest the so-called ‘authorities’ and wildlife experts and forestry workers who are forced by nature or possibly the fear of unemployment to parrot the state line.

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