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The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide Paperback – 1 Apr 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380802635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380802630
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,924,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating look at the variety of mysterious apelike and humanlike creatures that have been seen around the world features range maps, eyewitness accounts of sightings, recent findings in the field of cryptozoology, and advice on what to do if a sighting occurs. Original.

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New Comprehensive Illustrations, Maps, and Footprints!
There is more that is hidden behind the generic name"Bigfoot" than meets the eye. This fully-illustrated, referenced Field Guide surveys a revolutionary new classification system that brings some insightful, zoological order to the chaos and ridicule that has be fallen the field for years.

Anyone, whether a marginally interested skeptic, a devoted follower of "Bigfoot" research, a fan of field-oriented nature studies, or a wanderer of the world's wild places will want to obtain The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide, as it serves as a gateway to adventure and a vehicle for sharing some serious zoological insights.

Explore the new frontiers of nature-neo-giants, hairy, upright creatures - the classic Sasquatch - spotted and filmed by two men in Six Rivers National Forest, California...true giants, like the nyalmo of the Himalayas, the cannibals of folklore, often fifteen feet tall, leave startling two foot long, four-toed tracks in the mud and snow...mer-beings, known as chupacabras, spiny-backed primates frequently blamed for the mutilation of sheep, goats, and other animals, sighted last year in Puerto Rico, the United States and Brazil...At a time when interest is running so high in what exactly is to be understood about the Patterson Bigfoot Film, finally a new comprehensive overview of the evidence (beyond the Film) is being published.

Thousands of reports of a wide variety of mysterious primates have intrigued humans since the beginning of recorded history, yet these shy and reclusive beings have eluded the most diligent attempts to verify their existence.

Here is the first-ever comprehensive study on an astonishing variety of puzzling ape like and human like animals that are still being seen today. This fully referenced volume includes range maps and typical footprints for each type of undiscovered creature sighted sightings - Detailed Illustrations - Newest findings in an exciting branch of cryptozoology - Likeliest locales and most common subtypes for sighting - Advice on what to do if a sighting occurs. And much more!

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All I can say is that this book is worth every penny/cent etc...It is the complete guide to some amazing (if they exist) creatures ! Admittedly some of the descriptions do sound ludricious "Sea Ape" etc...but on the whole Mr.Coleman has got it spot on..and I wish that i could go on an expedition to help secure proof of one or more of these creatures..read this book and you will also..Perhaps Scotland beckons and the Grey Man of Ben MC DHUI...
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Finally! I found a perfect book where there a lot of illustrations, maps and explainions. This book does have wide various of Bigfoot species that will tell you where did they came from, what does they look like and plus many more! Also this can be a great for color book! This is a MUST-SEE and highly recommend to buy this. I guaranteed you that you will LOVED IT!
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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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Decades ago, Bernard Heuvelmans, armed only with eyewitness accounts, boldly postulated a taxonomy of sea serpents. Coleman mimics this approach here but works with a flimsier data set and weaker credentials and thereby achieves rather limited success. I enjoyed Coleman's book as an anecdotal, even tongue-in-cheek, history of mystery primates. Yet, the value of his novel classification system was mitigated by the fact that the book plainly mixes sane reporting with absolute poppycock in very uneven fashion. One cannot ignore reams of forensic evidence of sasquatch, but I draw the line at 13-foot cannibals wielding clubs at Australian gulches and at isolated, third-hand reports of lanky gray 20-footers stalking the Scottish highlands--especially when the pictures look like something taken directly from a lesser Ray Harryhausen spectacle, e.g., "Equinox" or "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger." On a final disappointing note, although the book is presented under the guise of scholarship, it clearly does not match the level of analysis characteristic of, say, Krantz or Shackley that one would expect from an author who declares in his own hand (thank you very much) that he is a "professor at two New England colleges."
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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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This book is a courageous attempt at synthesis of decades of research (both in the field and the library) by the authors and many others of the many and varied reports of large unrecognized primates around the globe. The book proposes a new classification system and the existence of at least nine types of large living primates not currently recognized by science. The authors' conclusions are certain to be controversial, not only in the mainstream academic community (to the extent it even notices the book!) but even among "Bigfoot" researchers. There are interesting and surprising ideas throughout the book (I found most surprising the authors' views of the chupacabras and mermaid phenomena) but the book reads easily. No one thinking or writing in the future about the existence or nature of these creatures will be able to ignore this book. There is much here for other researchers to expand upon. In sum, this book contains loads of information in a well-written and affordable package.
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