And Jay has also argued that the term "American Almas" is really better than "Eastern Bigfoot" I agree but I should make the note that "American Almas" is my own term but "Eastern Bigfoot" comes from other sources. When the reports started to be taken seriously in the middle and later 1970s, the term "Eastern Bigfoot" was used by several popular sources and so it was the one which is probably more familiar to more researchers. Mark A. Hall and Loren Coleman have used the term but they make the specification that it is an American subsection of the Marked Hominid, common in many other parts of Eurasia also.
"American Neanderthal"-- Publisher's DescriptionHOW ANY RESPECTABLE CLUB- AND STONE-CARRYING CAVEMAN INDEED SHOULD HAVE LOOKED. When Neanderthal relics surfaced during the 19th century, established artists were employed to flesh out the likely appearance of these erstwhile Eurasians. The rendering at center is based upon the La Chapelle-aux-Saints Neanderthal skeleton, unearthed in France in 1908. It was the first complete skeleton of the type ever excavated. The drawing was initially published in 1909 in France's L'Illustration. And a week later in England's Illustrated London News. It was done in the (old school) representational style of art by (of all unlikely people) Czech painter, Frantisek Kupka. Kupka was the co-founder of the abstract art movement and Orphic cubism. But there was nothing abstract nor cubist about this simple image. Which was based upon the anatomical work of French paleontologist, Marcellin Boule, who had commissioned the picture. However, the La Chapelle-aux-Saints bones were in truth of a crippled and elderly Neanderthal. With a deformed skeleton from advanced arthritis. So paleontologist Boule mistakenly concluded that all Neanderthals were malformed, hunched over, gorilla-like creatures. Therefore, (mostly abstract & cubist) painter Kupka portrayed them as such. At bottom left is German anatomist Hermann Schlaaffhausen's 1857 sketch of the likely owner of the historic Neanderthal 1 bones: the crucial 'type specimen' relics used for taxonomic classification of this new species of early humans. The Neanderthal 1 remains were found in 1856 in a limestone quarry in the German town of Erkrath, near Düsseldorf (see paras. 14-15). The Neanderthal illustration at far right was commissioned for the 1965 book, Early Man. Which was penned by American anthropologist, Francis Clark Howell, the father of modern paleoanthropology. Howell's book was part of a popular Time-Life series of educational volumes entitled, Life Nature Library. And lastly, at top left is a model of a Neanderthal (c. 1920), produced for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. The Chicago exhibit was based upon a (purportedly) flawed interpretation of the best anatomical specimens of the time. But all of the reconstructions of the period --- including the more reasoned Chicago and Time-Life versions --- nevertheless depicted Neanderthal as either a hairy, no-necked, or otherwise rough-hewn species. Simple primates. Who never left their caves without a crude club in one hand. And a rough stone in the other. Or what Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, & Steel) might characterize as the basic, NEANDERTHAL FOUNDER PACKAGE
|Almas as depicted by Michael Waite|
Cryptozoology--The Almas (Wild Man)
The Almas are reported to be a bipedal primate or hominids which are very human-like. Adults average five to six feet tall, and some reports have them near seven feet, and 300 pounds. They have early human like facial features with a heavy brow line, prominent chin, and flat broad nose. Their bodies are covered with brown hair with a reddish tint. This description brings to mind the image of the caveman.
A sighting was described by Myra Shackley in her article “Still Living?”. She reports a 1963 event by pediatrician Ivan Ivlov who was working with Mongolian children. He discovered that many of the children had seen the Almases. Neither was afraid of each other.
Some Crypto zoologists believe the Almas may be related to the Neanderthal, which may lend credence to the story of Zana the wild woman who was thought to be an Almas who lived among humans in T’khina in the Caucasus near Abkhazia. She was captured in 1850 and soon became part of the village. She gave birth to several children, from a human father. Surviving children grew up to be normal and functional members of the village. Zana died in 1890.
A second captured Almas happened in 1941 by the Red Army. Unfortunately, the male was interrogated by the army, and was either unable or refused to answer questions. He was executed for being a spy. He was reported to be very human like with dark brown hair covering his body.
In recent DNA testing of the Human Race, it was determined that most modern Caucasian Humans have some genes from the Neanderthal. The report goes on to say the genes are not existent in those who originating in Africa. This report seems to indicate that those from Europe must have had children with the Neanderthal in the early beginnings of modern man. This leads to all kinds of speculation.
Could Bigfoot be related to the Almas? Could the Almas be Neanderthal? Could Bigfoot be our cousins?