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Hunting the Chinese 'Wild Man'

Posted on Friday, 6 July, 2012 | Comment icon 42 comments

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A team of 38 researchers is planning an expedition to find evidence of China's answer to the Yeti.

The Yeren, or "Wild Man", has been a part of Chinese culture for centuries. Similar in description to the Himalayan Yeti and the Bigfoot of North America, the Yeren is said to be a tall ape-like creature covered in thick hair. In a concerted effort to get to the bottom of the mystery, a team of researchers from universities all over China are undertaking their own expedition in the Shennongjia reserve to catalogue the region's unique ecosystem.

Former Beijing Museum director Zhou Guoxing remains unconvinced that the creature exists. "There is no Wild Man in this world," he said. "I've visited every place where the Wild Man was reported in China. I've studied everything related to the Wild Man including hair, skulls and specimens. All of them are dyed human hair or come from monkeys and bears."

"For centuries, the villagers around the Shennongjia forest of China's central Hubei province, a forbidding 1,000 square mile reserve of high mountains and deep forests, have believed that the "Wild Man", or Yeren, lives among them."

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Comment icon #33 Posted by keninsc on 9 July, 2012, 2:54
Wow, you're still talking? Kudos on fianlly joining the discussions. I always copy and paste references, that way they don't get misquoted. Why would I wish to learn more about something I'm all too familar with? .....unless you're talking about cross dressing?
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker on 9 July, 2012, 21:24
I've not seen any of the old timers who "run" this section in this thread yet. Personnally, I think they are chasing after something based on reality, maybe a disfigured/diseased human, or an actual "wild" man that grew up away from civilization. But I do believe it most likely is a human. Down the possibilities list, there is the possiblility of a relic population of homonids. Maybe Neanderthal, or maybe some other early human. What I do not think bigfoot is, is a simple ape, like gigantopithicus. 1000 sq miles?? That is small enough that you could drive around it... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by keninsc on 10 July, 2012, 6:07
I suppose most anything is possible really, but then one has to also consider the likelihood of a humanoid like creature, I mean don't get me wrong, we can't know everything about everything and new species are being discovered. Just in 2010 a new species of monkey was found. Here's the link: So, who knows?
Comment icon #36 Posted by Perra on 11 July, 2012, 16:22
What will happen when/if they find one? I think they will do as we (humans) usally do, cut it open just to see how it look likes inside - or put it on a zoo. We humans are disgusting!!
Comment icon #37 Posted by hatecraft on 11 July, 2012, 19:51
They won't find anything. If by some miracle they do find something, it will end up being dissected and studied as it should be. We humans are awesome!!
Comment icon #38 Posted by Stardrive on 12 July, 2012, 17:19
You mean I was "running" this section all along and didn't know it? Thanks for the heads up... From the evidence I've gathered so far I would say it's an ancestor of man in the Gorilla clade, but not simple. I was told a couple of years ago it's a most unlikely creature to exist. I did some research and found that to be "not a fact". I went looking for evidence and found it. Dumb luck strikes again. If you want evidence, you'll have to go looking for it because you'll never in a million years find compelling evidence sitting at your computer.... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by DieChecker on 13 July, 2012, 7:05
Lots of people will tell you it is impossible, but I am not one of those people. Many of the arguements that are used to "Proove" that bigfoot is not real fall on their face when examined. The only real bigfoot killer is the lack of bones or a living specimen.
Comment icon #40 Posted by keninsc on 13 July, 2012, 7:21
That's the way of being a newly discovered creature, you get sliced and diced. But what if they do find one? It's just another creature in the wild. Odds are they won't because they have not found any evidence i.e. bones of a dead one or any thing in the fossil record to suggest there was ever a creature like it in North America. Now, having said all that, what evidence I have seen is largely pretty easy to duplicate. However, has it ever struck anyone as odd that all the footprint casts seem to be of a creature standing? I mean there never seems to be a push off impression like... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x on 26 July, 2012, 18:30
Yeah whats with all these people that just scoff at these things.
Comment icon #42 Posted by ygoloozotpyrc on 28 July, 2012, 21:10
I'd love to know what China finds. If they find the Yeren or prove of it will be another win for cryptozoology.

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