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Thursday, September 09, 2010

RICHARD MUIRHEAD: Classic Orang Pendek hoax from the 1930s..


Dale Drinnon said...

I cannot make the photo out at all well, partially due to the overly- prominent watermarks. But it looks to me like the remains of some sort of a gibbon, especially in the shape of the skull and the very small rib cage. Is that what it is?
Mind you, since some "Orang Pendek" reports seem to be referring to a sort of a siamang gibbon, that might not be too far wrong. "Oramg Pendek" is not a term specific to any one kind of a thing.

Richard Freeman said...

Yes its a hoax. In 1932 OJ Rookmaker, a colonial oficer stationed at Rokan on the east coast of Sumatra had asked locals to obtain an orang-pendek hide. He was presented with a skelleton that the hunter claimed was a yoing orang-pendek. It was sent to KW Dammerman, head of the zoological museum in Buitenzorg, West Java. It was found to be the doctored remains of a Sumatran leaf monkey (Presbytis thomasi).

All the witnesses i have spoken to are describing a powerfully built upright walking ape 4-5 feet tall. Debbie Martyr once told me that there used to be reprts of tiny people around 3 feet tall that used fire and lived in little tribes. They were destinct from the orang-pendek and have not been reported in decades. Some of the vauge reports in Benedict Allen's book Hunting the Gugu sound more like tiny people than the true orang-pendek.