April 1, 2013

The Spiny-Backed Chimpanzee


A new, cool post up at Shuker Nature from good friend Dr. Karl Shuker (pictured above).

Spiny-Backed Chimpanzee, Tim Morris2
Reconstruction of the spiny-backed chimpanzee (Tim Morris)

This post is on the matter of the spiny-backed chimpanzees of the Democratic Republic of Congo, about which we’re told: “Standing 4.5-5 ft high, they were uniformly grey in colour, but by far their most distinctive feature was the series of spines running down each chimp’s back, which stood up like porcupine quills whenever the chimps became agitated.’

Spiny-backed chimpanzee, Philippe Coudray2
Philippe Coudray’s own illustration of the spiny-backed chimpanzee

As Loren Coleman pointed out in the comments at Karl’s site, this story was not properly sourced as originally coming from Loren’s posts at Cryptomundo back in 2006:

Harry Trumbore’s drawing of Africa’s kalanoro, from The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe.

Top Secret: US Navy SEAL’s Cryptid Ape Video

and 2007:

Flashback: US Navy SEAL’s Secret Video A Year Later

Click here to find that strange saga.

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