The People Behind Cryptozoology

This is a list of many of the cryptozoology personalities, dead and alive, who have fundamentally changed the direction cryptozoology has headed over the years.

Coleman, Loren.

Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading cryptozoologists. Coleman has written several books and more than a hundred articles on the subject, has appeared frequently on radio and television programs, and has lectured from Idaho to London.

Loren Coleman, who is of Eastern Cherokee and Highland Scottish descent, defines himself as a cryptozoologist in search of the realities and facts behind folklore, eyewitness accounts, and tangible evidence of unknown and as-yet-to-be scientifically described animals. Coleman, a native of Illinois, has been investigating, in the field and in the library, cryptozoological evidence and folklore since the yeti caught his interest in 1960, leading him to research mysterious panther sightings and reports of apes in the American Midwest. His first articles were published in 1969.

Based on four decades of investigations, Coleman has authored several popular books including The Unidentified (with Jerome Clark; Warner, 1975), Creatures of the Outer Edge (with Jerome Clark; Warner, 1978), Mysterious America (Faber & Faber, 1983), Curious Encounters (Faber & Faber, 1985), and Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti (Faber & Faber, 1989). The forthcoming 20th Century Fox movie, Tom Slick: Monster Hunter, produced by Nicholas Cage, draws heavily on Coleman's book on the subject. Coleman contributes a bimonthly cryptozoology column, "On the Trail," to the widely read London-based international magazine Fortean Times, and a bimonthly column, "Mysterious World" to Fate.

Loren Coleman has been researching yeti and Bigfoot accounts for decades, and has been on expeditions throughout the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, the South, and the Northeast. His fieldwork and bibliographical research has been praised by his peers and the public. In 1970, his INFO Journal article (with Mark A. Hall) analyzing Native American Bigfoot/Sasquatch tales was one of the first of its kind to be published and has variously appeared as "Some Bigfoot Traditions of the North American Tribes" (in Le livre de l'inexplicable, 1972), and "From Atshen to Giants" (in The Sasquatch and Other Unknown Hominoids, 1984). He has written over a two hundred articles, columns, and book reviews for American, Japanese and European publications. He has served as a consultant on several television programs during the 1980s and 1990s, including NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, A&E's Ancient Mysteries, History Channel's In Search of History, Discovery Channel's Into the Unknown, and Strange Universe regarding such topics as the Pangboche Yeti hand, Tom Slick's expeditions, Minnesota Iceman, Bigfoot, Thunderbirds, and other cryptozoological subjects. Loren Coleman has been chosen as one of the first Research Board Members for the new North American Scientific Institute's Board of Directors, the successor to the Center for Bigfoot Studies. He is a Life Member of the International Cryptozoology Society, and an honorary member of several cryptozoological and unknown hominoid research organizations around the world. On 20 October 1997, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the famous filming of a Bigfoot at Bluff Creek, California, Loren Coleman was one of the first ten inductees into the new (yet-to-be-opened) Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon.

Loren Coleman obtained an undergraduate degree in anthrolopogy at Southern Illinois University (which he chose because of the Illinois bottomland ape sightings gathered from that region by folklorist John Allen). He received a Masters of Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston. He has done post-masters work in anthropology and family violence.

Presently Loren Coleman is a visiting assistant professor of social work at the University of New England, and an adjunct associate professor of documentary film at the University of Southern Maine. For thirteen years, he was a research associate at the Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs, University of Southern Maine. As a project director there, he was the author of successful grants, and the award-winning executive producer of several documentaries issuing from his federally-funded human service projects. He has written extensively in that field, having authored or edited eight books, including the commercially successful Suicide Clusters (Faber and Faber, 1987), which was a Psychology Book Club alternative selection, and has appeared on The Larry King Show (radio) discussing it. During 1996 and 1997, he appeared on Unsolved Mysteries discussing the "Hemingway Curse" (on the suicide clustering that has occurred in the Hemingway family) and was interviewed extensively by the media regarding the Heaven's Gate suicides.

His addresses: PO Box 360, Portland, Maine 04112; .

Green, John.

Green, a newspaper man, of Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, has been investigating Sasquatch reports in Canada since the early 1950s (at least) and Bigfoot finds in the USA since 1959. He has authored several books on the subject, including Sasquatch: The apes among us, and On the Track of the Sasquatch.

Heuvelmans, Bernard.

This Belgian zoologist is the so-called "Father of Cryptozoology". He coined that name, which is the study for new, strange and unknown animals in the world today. He has written several books on the subject, but only two have been translated from French into English; In the Wake of the Sea Serpents and On the Track of Unknown Animals. He is a meticulous researcher, and is very knowledgebal in the field of zoology, which is a prerequisite field for cryptozoology. He escaped capture by the Nazi's several times during the Second World War, at times he has made a living as a professional jazz singer, and currently resides in Le Vesinet, France. He is the President of the International Society of Cryptozoology.


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Krantz, Grover.

A professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, Dr. Krantz is the author of many works in the field of physicla anthropology and is a well-known world-authority on Bigfoot and Sasquatch. He is the one of the only active Bigfoot/Sasquatch investigator to have full academic qualifications and he is on the board of directors for the International Society of Cryptozoology.

LeBlond, Paul.

Dr. LeBlond is an Oceanographer at the University of British Columbia, and is an active investigator of the popular sea serpent of the British Columbia coast, Cadborosaurus, or "Caddy". He has written an excellent book with Edward Bousfield on the subject, published in 1995 by Horsdal & Schubart.


Mackal, Roy.

Dr. Mackal is a distinguished biochemist, engineer, and biologist who has been a student and teached at University Of Chicago for most of his life. He has recieved much recognition for his work with DNA and as an engineer has designed many technological innovations, including automatic parachutes, sounding rockets and a hydrogen-generation device for weather ballons. In biology, he has become well-known for his involvement with cryptozoology. He is the Vice-President of the International Society of Cryptozoology and is author of three books relating to cryptozoology.


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Chicago, IL 60620

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Sanderson, Ivan Terence.

A well-known author and zoologist, Sanderson has authored several books on cryptozoology, including Abominable Snowmen-Legend come to life, as well as several general science books like Great Jungles, Animal treasure and Living Mammals of the World. He died in 1973. His contributions to cryptozoology are second only to Bernard Heuvelmans.

Bille, Matthew.

Bille is the publisher and editor of Exotic Zoology, an excellent newsletter on the subject of cryptozoology. He has written a book recently published by Hancock House, intitled Rumors of Existence, covering many new species of animal life and many undiscovered animals too.


Shuker, Karl.

Dr. Shuker is a zoologist with an extreme interest in cryptozoology and other animal mysteries. A very meticulous researcher, Shuker has provided cryptozoologists with five excellent books, Mystery Cats of the World, Extroardinary Animals Worldwide, The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered animals of the 20th Century, Dragons, and In Search of Prehistoric Survivors, one of the best cryptozoological books to date. Shuker recieved a PhD at the University of Birmingham in England, and now works as a freelance zoological consultant, lecturer and writer. He often appears on the radio and televsion in the UK.

Hall, Mark A.

This cryptozoologist is the publisher of a cryptozoological journal named Wonders and has written and self-published several cryptozoology tomes, including Natural Mysteries and Thunderbirds: The living legend of giant birds. He is also interested in the Yeti and other "man-apes", including Bigfoot.

Raynal, Michel.

This French cryptozoologist has published on and investigated cases involving cryptobirds (mystery birds), giant squid, and the 1898 alledged giant octopus stranding in Florida.


Greenwell, Richard.

Greenwell is the working secretary for the International Society of Cryptozoology, and has led an expedition to China to look for evidence of the mysterious "man-ape" that alledgedly lives there, the Wildman. He has also investigated the Onza of Mexico, a legendary puma-like mystery feline, that was recently uncovered to science. Greenwell also went on the Mackal expedition to the Congo(Africa) in search of Mokele-Mbembe, an alledged living dinosaur.

Slick, Tom.

Slick was a Texas millionaire who made his fourtune in oil. He led several expeditions to Nepal in search of the Yeti, as well as treks in search of Bigfoot and giant salamanders. He died in a mysterious plane crash. His death was a sore loss for cryptozoology, as he was one of the only people who had the money and the time to help and fund cryptozoology, which recieves little if any financial grants or help. Loren Coleman wrote a book on his life, and expeditions, and is titled Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti.

Downes, Jonathan

Downes is the editor of the very excellent British cryptozoology magazine Animals & Men, and has a life-long interest in the subject. He has done much research on British cryptids, especially mystery mustelids (weasels etc.).