Johor Hominid: For those of you just tuning in…

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From a spaced-out theory to a full-blown scandal, you might want to check the related links below to see all the posts published here about the Johor Homind fracas. In summary, rumours of a bigfoot-like creature roaming the jungles of Johor have led to speculation that the bigfoot is an undiscovered living hominid species. This hominid hypothesis is championed by Sean Ang, a paleontology-background scientist, and Vincent Chow, a biodiversity researcher. On it’s own merits, the hominid thesis stands on the evidence of a (single) footprint (pun intended) and “sightings” (read: hearsay).

If the evidence wasn’t compelling enough as it stood, last week the two researchers posted photographic “evidence” on their website, which was promptly denounced as plagiarim when a visitor provided a full photo of the alleged bigfoot, leading to the shutdown of the website.

For the latest developments, a good detailed summary of the news to date, and the latest comment postings by Sean Ang himself, check out Cryptomundo at http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/jhwebdown/

Bigfoot named as Johor Hominid

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2 July 2006 (New Straits Times) – Researchers have set up a website on the entity formerly known as the Johor Bigfoot (now known as the Johor Hominid) with the aim of presenting their findings and arguments towards an existing, living hominid species in the jungles of Johor. Given that the current evidence is still tenuous at best, I’m not inclined to believe of the existence of the bigfoot/hominid yet. Stay tuned as developments come about!

Bigfoot named as Johor Hominid

A website set up by local researchers of the Johor Bigfoot has named the elusive giant biped as the Johor Hominid.

The johorhominid.org website stated the Johor Hominid phenomenon was probably the most significant and mind-shattering discovery in anthropology

Reverse evolution theory about the Johor Bigfoot

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30 June 2006 (New Straits Times) – More news on the Johor Bigfoot, with a paleontology scientist conjuecturing that the Johor Bigfoot may have been/be a homo erectus who has undergone reverse evolution. It seems to me at this point that the news is still too sensational, as the conjecture is remains what it is: a conjecture, and nothing conclusive has been made. Stay tuned for this saga to unfold!

New Straits Times, 30 June 2006

Reverse evolution theory about the Johor Bigfoot

The Johor Bigfoot could be a Homo erectus that had undergone “reverse evolution”.

Sean Ang, a scientist from Kuala Lumpur who had analysed the prehistoric Perak Man excavated by Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1994, said based on evidence compiled about the creature by biodiversity researcher Vincent Chow, he thought the creature might have been in existence for more than 65,000 years.

“I concur with Chow’s findings that this could be an unknown species that went through reverse evolution to end up as a less intelligent creature than Peking Man, who could use fire and tools.