The above-titled species of ape does not exist. Conceptually, yes; it exists as an idea. But it isn’t a real, living, or even extinct, animal. It never existed as such. The infamous cryptid photograph depicting one, albeit a dead one–if you are a follower of cryptozoology, then you will be familiar with the case and the photograph–is a fake. What they did was, they killed a monkey (or used an already dead one), chopped off its tail, propped it up with a stick and used “forced perspective” trick photography to make it look way bigger than it really was. Dr. Francois de Loys, a geologist, claimed to have shot the “undiscovered” species of American ape in Venezuela in 1920. A shameless hoax. Yet there are some who insist there really WAS an AMERANTHROPOIDES LOYSI carcass, and that there are photographs in existence–somewhere–to prove it.
Mr. Barnum was right, as Dr. Karl Shuker effectively demonstrates in his reexamination of the case here.
Sorry, peeps, but the creature does not exist. Please take this as a consolation prize. It’s a trailer for an upcoming movie called PRIMAL RAGE. It debuted on November 3rd at Chicago’s Cinepocalypse film festival, and it looks like mad fun. I eagerly await its release on video.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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