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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:11 PM

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Adam Davies is a first-class investigator of all-things cryptozoological and monster-themed, and the author of the book Extreme Expeditions, which I most definitely recommend to anyone and everyone interested in knowing what goes on during a quest to seek out strange beasts in remote and exotic locations.

And, Adam has some excellent news to relate: later this year, he will be leading a team from Britain’s Center for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) to the depths of Sumatra – in search of a breed of mysterious, diminutive ape-men known locally, and collectively, as the Orang-Pendek.

So, it’s over to Adam for all the details: “Sumatra, and the Orang-Pendek, in particular, holds a special affection for me. Since I first visited this beautiful country, with its dense virgin rainforest and proud tribal people, I have always been fascinated by the Orang-Pendek, the ‘short man’ of the forests.

“I have no doubt the Orang-Pendek exists. Over the years I have interviewed many witnesses who have seen this creature. In 2009 the CFZ expedition was fortunate to have an eyewitness ourselves in Dave Archer. And Sahar Didmus saw one pinned against a tree, before it scurried away from us into the jungle. The experience so moved Sahar that he burst into tears.”

Adam continues: “Importantly, there has been a considerable body of scientific evidence that has been gathered to support the existence of the Orang-Pendek. For example, previous expeditions I have led, in 2001 and 2004, brought back both prints and hair samples. These were analyzed by various international experts, including Drs. Chivers, Meldrum and Brunner, who all came to the conclusion that they were from an ‘unknown primate.’”

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:42 PM

It would be neat if a new primate is discovered.  It will be even more exciting if it is on our branch of the family tree.  Otherwise, though, cool, but not exactly a cryptid.


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Posted 14 March 2011 - 06:53 PM

The rainforest is a virgin?


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:21 AM

Can't wait to see what happens.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:44 AM

Very interesting , this would be a big discovery :o

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:48 AM

Well, depends on what it is.  If it's just another monkey, it'll be forgotten in a month.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:54 AM

View Postaquatus1, on 15 March 2011 - 04:48 AM, said:

Well, depends on what it is.  If it's just another monkey, it'll be forgotten in a month.

Yeah true but i dont think they would go to all the trouble if they thought it was just another monkey .

That said its more likely to be an ape like  rather than human like ...

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:41 AM

View Posttipotep, on 15 March 2011 - 04:54 AM, said:

Yeah true but i dont think they would go to all the trouble if they thought it was just another monkey .

That said its more likely to be an ape like  rather than human like ...

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I've read it at a reputable place (Darren Naish's Tet Zoo) that the most recent DNA results came back as an unknown primate that's very very close to orangutans. It kinda makes sense.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:37 PM

This is one Cryptid I find possibly could be real. I'm not saying this is a bigfoot etc but, rather like stated above, a type of primate. It's not hard to believe they could find a large, undiscovered primate due to the fact, I believe in the early to mid 80's scientists were told about a large mountain gorilla living (I'm sorry I don't remember the lacation I will search) and scientists dismissed these claims off hand. Finally, evidence and proof of this primate were found, and it became another listed Primate.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:46 PM

I hope they find a new ape.I think that there could be something  undiscouvered in a dense jungle/rainforest. I absolutely do not believe in the big foot nonsense,or Nessie .


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:49 PM

Hopefully they get some firm evidence this time, certainly looks likely that the orang pendek does exist.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 03:49 PM

I hope the mystry of the wild man of Sumatra is finally solved once and for all.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:52 PM

So why bother them? They have done nothing to us, lets leave them alone. As soon as he has either captured or photographed one, the "Virgin" rain forest will be full of gun toting thugs wanting to be the first to hang one on their wall or put one in a cage as a pet. Go away and leave them alone!


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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:36 AM

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 15 March 2011 - 12:37 PM, said:

This is one Cryptid I find possibly could be real. I'm not saying this is a bigfoot etc but, rather like stated above, a type of primate. It's not hard to believe they could find a large, undiscovered primate due to the fact, I believe in the early to mid 80's scientists were told about a large mountain gorilla living (I'm sorry I don't remember the lacation I will search) and scientists dismissed these claims off hand. Finally, evidence and proof of this primate were found, and it became another listed Primate.
The mountain gorilla has been know since way before the 80's, both subspecies of the eastern gorilla were classified by 1914. It was never a cryptid.

Edited by Mattshark, 16 March 2011 - 12:37 AM.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:38 AM

View Postzooage, on 15 March 2011 - 11:52 PM, said:

So why bother them? They have done nothing to us, lets leave them alone. As soon as he has either captured or photographed one, the "Virgin" rain forest will be full of gun toting thugs wanting to be the first to hang one on their wall or put one in a cage as a pet. Go away and leave them alone!
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