Cryptozoological Predictions for the First Decade of
the 21st Century
January 5, 2001
(1 January 2001 - 31 December 2010)
- Intriguing clues will surface of a new population of
coelacanths (those prehistoric-looking fish that were thought to
have died out 65 million years ago until they were re-discovered
in 1938), far from Africa. Look to the Caribbean, the Gulf of
Mexico, or near Australia for some startling news in this regard.
More findings from Africa will also occur.
- A tropical site will experience a series of remarkable strandings of giant squids,
which may include a rare beaching of a "Globster". [Globsters are large
blobs of flesh which have infrequently beached in cryptozoological history (for example,
St. Augustine, Florida in 1896, Tasmania 1960, and Bermuda 1988).]
- Laser-triggered cameras will capture good photographic
evidence of the small unknown anthropoid, the Orang Pendek, in Sumatra. More funding will pour into the specific
study and preservation of that primate.
- An unpublicized summit between Sasquatch researchers from
North America, and Russian, European, Australian, and Asian hominologists will occur in Europe. New standards
of cooperation will be a positive outcome of the meeting, but there will be disagreement
about how the first discovery of a new large primate should be made.
- Post-cranial remains (bones other than from the skull) will be
found of Gigantopithecus
(a supposedly extinct nine-feet tall ape) in Asia, and many theories regarding the
relationship of Gigantopithecus to the Yeti and Bigfoot will have to be revised.
- South America will be the source of a thrilling new discovery
of a large mammal, possibly of a feline or an animal that looks
like a cat although it may be a marsupial.
- The search for the Loch Ness Monsters will continue to be
frustrating, with no earthshaking findings for another ten years.
Awareness that several different kinds of phenomena have been
lumped under the Nessie label will increase.
- More new mammals will be found in the Lost World of the old
Indochina but they will be smaller than the new species of muntjacs (barking deer) and saola (forest
goat-bovid) discovered there in the 1990s.
- Attention will focus again on searches in Africa. Explorers
looking for "living dinosaurs" will find new evidence that the
animals being pursued are unknown forest rhinos. Researchers will
rediscover the importance of old missionaries' diaries and
records, and scholars will reopen inquiries on these "dinosaurs"
as well as spotted lions in Kenya, and unknown apes throughout
- Photographic evidence of an anthropoid in the midwestern/southern part of the
United States will archivally be discovered clearly demonstrating a distinct breeding
population of great apes separate from the unknown hominoids of the Pacific Northwest.
The story of their discovery and the clarity of the photographs will be such that
a hoax will be out-of-the question.
- The Institute of Zoological and Anthropological Discovery
(trademark/copyright 2001) will open its International
Cryptozoology Museum during the decade, and IZAD
will become a center for educational scholarship and open sharing in cryptozoology.
- Sadly, the world of cryptozoology will be shaken to its
foundations by the death of a major founder of the field. Mourning
throughout the ranks of cryptozoology will turn into a positive
move for a renewed effort and dedication to the combined amateur
and academic pursuit of the study of hidden animals. Discussions
will occur to pool international resources to support one viable
global scientific organization.
© Loren Coleman 2001
Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman is the author of
twenty books, including
Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America
(Paraview Pocket, 2003). His website is