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Friday, 17 February 2012

Sleeping Bigfoot-Another American Almas?

A short video sequence of a supposed sleeping Bigfoot is part of the evidence under consideration in connection with the Erickson project. Here is an online discussion of the subject:
Sleeping Bigfoot from Erickson Project Bigfoot from Erickson Project

Published: 10:25 AM - 08-27-11
A good friend of Bigfoot Lunch Club, Robert Lindsay, was quick to point out the sleeping Bigfoot from the Erickson Project had similarities to the sleeping Almasty illustration.
As usual, Robert Lindsay does a thorough investigation the photo and the story behind the photo:
We can verify that this photo is of a young female Bigfoot sleeping in the forest in Crittenden, Kentucky in 2005. The video was apparently shot by owners of the property in that year, not by the Erickson Project. Therefore, there is a question of whether or not the residents of the house were hoaxing the videos.
Apparently they were not, because when the EP moved Dr. Leila Hadj Chikh, PhD in Evolutionary Biology, and Dennis Pfohl into the site after purchasing it, both of them continued to see the Bigfoots on many occasions. Pfohl also apparently shot quite a bit of video of the Bigfoots at the site. Dr. John Bindernagel, PhD in Wildlife Biology, also saw the Bigfoots there on one occasion. Since the EP saw the Bigfoots at the site also, it is highly dubious that the owners of the site hoaxed the video.
It is simply not possible that the Hadj-Chikh, Pfohl and Bindernagel hoaxed their sightings and video. Not possible, no way. They're not hoaxers. It's also not possible that Drs. Hadj-Chikh and Bindernagel misidentified a known animal as a Bigfoot. These are PhD biologists here. This is reminiscent of the scene in the USSR where Russian PhD biologists saw Almastys and Yetis on a number of occasions in the 20th Century. [NB the tacit implication here is that Bigfoot, Yetis and Almas are all the same species]
Edited by: Brenda Boot:
source & references: Robert Lindsay

#10. "Enchanted forest Bigfoot" Vancouver Island, B. Two boys stumble upon a sleeping Bigfoot one boy screams in terror as the other begins to videotape. The Bigfoot stands up, then leaves on all fours. BF proceeds to peek on either side of a large tree

The photo analysis included several colour enhancements and the negative flip below, which makes the subject much clearer. And the photo analysis above payed especial attention to the hand in the version shown above (Blue Box area
There seems no doubt that if the photo is genuine there is a good chance that this particular type of Bigfoot is actually the same as the Asiatic Almas. Furthermore, there have been other occasions where supposed Bigfoot sleeping areas have been found and examined, and the imprint on the ground indicated a similar sleeping posture.
"Voita" redirects here. For the Romanian village, see Brabova

The Almas, Mongolian for "wild man", is a purported hominid cryptozoological species reputed to inhabit the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains of central Asia, and the Altai Mountains of southern Mongolia.[1] The creature is not currently recognized or cataloged by science. Furthermore, scientists generally reject the possibility that such mega-fauna cryptids exist, because of the improbably large numbers necessary to maintain a breeding population,[2] and because climate and food supply issues make their survival in reported habitats unlikely.[3][This criticism is particularly ridiculous because humans are not megafauna. And regular humans do inhabit the area therefore it is not impossible for uncatalogued humans to live in the same area-DD]
Almas is a singular word in Mongolian; the properly formed Turkic plural would be 'almaslar'.[4] As is typical of similar legendary creatures throughout Central Asia, Russia, Pakistan and the Caucasus, the Almas is generally considered to be more akin to "wild people" in appearance and habits than to apes (in contrast to the Yeti of the Himalayas).
Almases are typically described as human-like bipedal animals, between five and six and a half feet tall, their bodies covered with reddish-brown hair, with anthropomorphic facial features including a pronounced browridge, wide flat nose, and a weak chin.[5] Many cryptozoologists believe there is a similarity between these descriptions and modern reconstructions of how Neanderthals might have appeared.[6]


Speculation that Almases may be something other than legendary creatures is based on purported eyewitness accounts, alleged footprint finds, and interpretations of long-standing native traditions that have been. anthropologically collected.[7]
 [Evidence also includes alleged bones and teeth, mummified hands and whole skins, and representations of the skulls as carved in jade-DD]

Folk tales

Almases appear in the legends of local people, who tell stories of sightings and human-Almas interactions dating back several hundred years.
Drawings interpreted as Almas also appear in a Tibetan medicinal book. British anthropologist Myra Shackley noted that "The book contains thousands of illustrations of various classes of animals (reptiles, mammals and amphibia), but not one single mythological animal such as are known from similar medieval European books. All the creatures are living and observable today." (1983, p. 98)

Famous sightings

Sightings recorded in writing go back as far back as the 15th century.
In 1430, Hans Schiltberger recorded his personal observation of these creatures in the journal of his trip to Mongolia as a prisoner of the Mongol Khan. Schiltberger also recorded one of the first European sightings of Przewalski horses. (Manuscript in the Munich Municipal Library, Sign. 1603, Bl. 210)(Shackley, 94). He noted that Almasty are part of the Mongolian and Tibetan apothecary's materia medica, along with thousands of other animals and plants that live today.[8]
British anthropologist Myra Shackley in Still Living? describes Ivan Ivlov's 1963 observation of a family group of Almas. Ivlov, a pediatrician, decided to interview some of the Mongolian children who were his patients, and discovered that many of them had also said that they had seen Almases and that neither the Mongol children nor the young Almas were afraid of each other. Ivlov's driver also claimed to have seen them (Shackley, 91).

Alleged captive Almas

A wildwoman named Zana is said to have lived in the isolated mountain village of T'khina fifty miles from Sukhumi in Abkhazia in the Caucasus; some have speculated she may have been an Almas, but hard evidence is lacking.
Captured in the mountains in 1850, she was at first violent towards her captors but soon became domesticated and, indeed, was able to assist with simple household chores. Zana is said to have had sexual relations with a man of the village named Edgi Genaba, and gave birth to a number of children of apparently normal human appearance. Several of these children, however, died in infancy. Some commentators have attributed these early deaths to Zana's genetic incompatibility (as an Almas) with humans.
The father, meanwhile, gave away four of the surviving children to local families. The two boys, Dzhanda and Khwit Genaba (born 1878 and 1884), and the two girls, Kodzhanar and Gamasa Genaba (born 1880 and 1882), were assimilated into normal society, married, and had families of their own. Zana herself died in 1890. The skull of Khwit (also spelled Kvit) is still extant, and was examined by Dr. Grover Krantz in the early 1990s. He pronounced it to be entirely modern, with no Neanderthal features at all. If Krantz's verdict on the skull is correct, and the skull itself is indeed that of Zana's son, it would indicate that Zana may have been a member of an isolated hunter gatherer tribe so culturally different from her captors' society as to make Zana seem non-human to them, even though she was indeed a modern human. How this may relate to the true identity of other reported Almases is unknown.[9]
Another case is said to date from around 1941, shortly after the German invasion of the USSR. A "wild man" was captured somewhere in the Caucasus by a detachment of the Red Army. He appeared human, but was covered in fine, dark hair. Interrogation revealed his apparent inability (or unwillingness) to speak, and the unfortunate creature is said to have been shot as a German spy. There are various versions of this legend in the cryptozoological literature, and, as with other Almas reports, hard proof is absent.[10]


Myra Shackley and Bernard Heuvelmans have speculated that the Almases are a relict population of Neanderthals, while Loren Coleman suggests surviving specimens of Homo erectus.[5] They have been connected to the Denisova hominin.[11] Descriptions of Almases are similar to that of the Yeti of the Himalayas. Another explanation is that human-like cryptids are humans with congenital disorders and/or mental retardation and ejected from society.[citation needed]

 See also


  1. ^ Living Ape-Men: The Almas of Central Asia
  2. ^ Bigfoot hunting
  3. ^ Sjögren, Bengt, Berömda vidunder, Settern, 1980, ISBN 91-7586-023-6 (Swedish)
  4. ^ Michael Heaney, "Who were the Arismaspeans", web version with minor additions reproduced from Folklore, volume 104 (1993), pp. 53–66
  5. ^ a b Newton, Michael (2005). "Almas/Almasti". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc.. pp. 19. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7.
  6. ^ Myra Shackley, Antiquity, 56, 31 (1982)
  7. ^ Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe (1999). The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 1-933665-12-2.
  8. ^ The Almas – cryptozoo
  9. ^ A Skeleton Still Buried and a Skull Unearthed: the Story of Zana (retrieved 23 December 2010]
  10. ^ The Pamirs and the Caucasus region(retrieved 23 December 2010)
  11. ^ Dan Vergano (28 June 2010). "Ancient legends once walked among early humans?". USA Today. Retrieved 23 January 2011.

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Described as looking like humans, but with fur covering most of the body, the Almas (or Almasti) is a variety of Wildman or Bigfoot that is reported from the Altai Mountains in Mongolia and the Tien Shan Mountains in China (near the border with Mongolia). Sometimes, researchers consider the almas to have a much wider range, and the term is applied to any Bigfoot-like creature reported from Mongolia or regions of the former Soviet Union. For example, the abnauayu of the Caucasus Mountains is sometimes considered identical to the almas. Also called the bnahua and the ochokochi, this ape-man is reported from the regions near Armenia, a long way from the border of China and Mongolia.
The body hair of almas is often described as curly, the jaws are large, and the eyebrow ridges are heavy. Visible areas of skin on the face, hands and feet are usually dark. The body hair is usually described as red or reddish-brown, sometimes as black. Most reports indicate an adult height of about five feet, but some describe a creature as tall as six and a half feet.
Available evidence seems to indicate that the almas near the border of Mongolia and China, if they exist, have been split into two populations which are rapidly dying out. Some researchers in the field of cryptozoology consider almas to be neanderthals. Almas are also called Almasti in some reports.
[Siberian form, linguistic variant of the name. Also Abassy.-DD]

Neanderthal footprints as found in the clay floor of an Italian cave. The footprints of the Almas are widely stated to be identical to Neanderthal tracks such as these.
Tracks of the series I call American Almas, found on North America but otherwise identical to Asiatic Almas tracks. These examples are from the Eastern United States and Canada above, and Indiana and Pennsylvania below. Such tracks are otherwise reported over much of North America including Alaska, Florida and Mexico.

Igor Bourtsev with actual Almas or Guli-Yavan footprint cast from Central Asia, much like BOTH the Neanderthal footprints and the series I have designated as the  American Almas, including these examples illustrated here.
Below are representations of the traditional Wildman , Sauvage or Salvaje, or Wudewasa of Europe, considered to be the same as the Almas by Ivan T. Sanderson, who wrote articles on both.


  1. Here's a small section of the Matilda Footage released: Personally I think it's dubious, and it doesn't really look like a Neanderthal either in my opinion (but I did love the theory, my friend).

  2. By the way, I've personally examined the Pennyslvanian footprint above! It was very interesting, and my dad and I both think that it exhibited a pressure ridge.

  3. i think as far as the sleeping big foot...erickson project..It may well be a shot wild boar. The breathing can be explained by that fact that it was still alive ,not quite dead yet...bigfoot not a chance.

  4. And while I am more positive than ever that there is something to the American Almas idea, I no longer support this Erickson video as the genuine article.


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