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Field Guide To Bigfoot, Yeti, & Other Mystery Primates Worldwide Paperback – March 9, 1999

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About the Author

Loren Coleman has conducted fieldwork and bibliographical research on unknown hominids and mystery primates for nearly forty years. Trained in anthropology, zoology, and psychiatric social work, he is a professor at two New England universities and the author of a dozen books, including Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti and Mysterious America.

Dennis Stacy was the editor of the monthly Mufon UFO Journal from 1985 to 1997. He received the 1995 Donald E. Keyhoe Journalism Award for a six-part series on UFOs that appeared in Omni. He is also the author of The Marfa Lights: A Viewer's Guide, and, most recently, he coedited UFOs 1947-1997: Fifty Years of Flying Saucers with Hilary Evans.

Patrick Huyghe is the author of the first volume in this series, The Field Guide to Extraterrestrials (Avon Books, 1996). His articles on UFOs have appeared in the New York Times, Omni, and other magazines. With Dennis Stacy, he also edits and publishes The Anomalist, a print and web-based journal that explores the mysteries of science, history, and nature.

Patrick Huyghe is a journalist and editor of the The Anomalist, a journal that explores the mysteries of science, nature, and history. His articles have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times . He lives in Putnam Valley, New York.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380802635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380802630
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe have in the course of 207 pages laid a basis for a reclassification system to the myriad of mystery primates from around the worldwide. Borrowing from the works of Mark Hall and Ivan Sanderson (to name a few) the proposed classification system encompasses nine (9) varieties of these cryptic creatures.
Coupled with the classifications, are 50 case studies each accompanied by an line illustration by Harry Trumbore. These case studies are short recounting of famous and not so famous, incidents and anecdotal information about each of these cases. The cases themselves are subgroup in a worldwide geographical breakdown, thus allowing a reader to view only the particular world area if they choose. Although some may question the inclusion of chupacabras or Steller's sea monkey (or ape) in the classification system, they do add some spice to the reading and perhaps offer a few un-thought of ideas.
The heart of the book though is not the case studies, rather the rationale for a reclassification to avoid the common term of "Bigfoot" around the world, as these mystery primates have been being reported long before the usage of the word "Bigfoot" in the mid-part of this century. The first portion of the book breaks down the various groups that make up the classification, these being: Neo-Giant, True Giant, Marked Hominid, Neandertaloid, Erectus Hominid, Proto-Pygmy, Unknown Pongid, Giant Monkey, and Merbeings. By far the last class, Merbeings, is the most controversial.
Additionally the latter part of the book deals with best bets as to which of these mystery creatures may be discovered first. It must also be said that some of the inclusions are historical and that the creatures described may no longer exist.
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"The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide" by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe stands alone as a work that attempts to briefly describe each of a variety of distinct animals sighted worldwide.
The authors have presented the cases, not as the "be all and end all" of mystery primate reference, but rather, as the title denotes, as a "field guide". The historical accounts are informative, nicely condensed, and feature excellent drawings by Harry Trumbore.
It can be argued that the differences in individual sightings leading to the creation of so many distinct "classifications" has the effect of lessening credibility, but the reader is free to make their own judgements. Although some would relegate it to the realm of "mythology", the majority of the sightings are based on solid historical evidence. To include more than one or two specific sightings per entry would have burdened the book with unnecessary bulk and turned it from a "field-guide" into an "encyclopedia".
Overall it is another excellent book from a cryptozoologist with nearly 40 years of experience.
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Please don't listen to people who think this book is a "must-have" or an "instant-classic", or another "(the author) has done it again!" book. This book is really rather weak book that should be considered more as entertainment than as a serious work.
1. "Mermen?" "Neo Giants"? Does anyone really think these things exist? And if they do, does anyone really think these things really exist based on a handful of weak reports?
2. The taxonomic classification system, while based in real science, is really a shot in the dark. While one might argue that Grover Krantz's beloved Gigantopithecus Blacki has been classified by science based on a few tooth fragments, well, that's actual physical evidence, and despite the fact that I do believe in a physical aspect to the Bigfoot phenomenon, there is no hard physical evidence. I know it's an attempt, Loren, but still, it's grasping at straws to even suggest these are different species. We could be dealing with a single species and the reported difference in physical appearance could be akin to so-called "racial" differences in humans.
3. The sightings in the reports are really kind of bland and uninteresting. No photographs, no eyewitness drawings, no photographs of locations, nothing. Just one pencil drawing per page. It would have been more interesting to make it look like a field investigator's scrapbook.
4. The sighting reports are too short. In many Bigfoot books, the author/researcher may spend many pages on a single sighting, interviewing eyewitnesses, documenting evidence, revisiting the scene, etc. There's none of this here. Every entry looks the same and is pretty much the same length.
5. I'm really baffled to find myself listed in the Acknowledgements section.
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Not bad listing of mysterious, scientifically unproven primates. Each cryptoid has its own page, with some backstory of original sightings. I would have preferred a more in depth chapter on the better known creatures. Written around 1999, so the subject has now more info on these individual beasts. OK for mysterious creature enthusiasts.
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