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Unknown species of giant apes discovered in Congo (from ATSNN)

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posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 11:46 AM
As a perfect example that we don"t, by far, know every creature on the planet yet, a discovery of a new species has been made in Congo, of a kind of apes that stands 2 meters (6"6") tall and has features of both chimpansee and gorilla.
Scientists believe they have discovered a new group of giant apes in the jungles of central Africa.
The animals, with characteristics of both gorillas and chimpanzees, have been sighted in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to local villagers, the apes are ferocious, and even capable of killing lions.

The UK magazine New Scientist is to publish its report about the mysterious creatures next week.

If they are a new species of primate, it could be one of the most important wildlife discoveries in decades.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

There are three controversial possibilities to explain the origin of the mystery apes:

- They are a new species of ape
- They are giant chimpanzees, much larger than any so far recorded, but behave like gorillas
- They could be hybrids, the product of gorillas mating with chimpanzees.

So now the question remains, wich is it? A brand new species, a unknown chimp species or hybrids? All 3 posiblities have incredible importance.

If the species is an old undiscovered one, it shows that there are big animals out there we haven"t layed eyes on yet, that go undiscovered for so long.

If its a hybrid, it kinda proves some parts of human evolution, as its also thought that man is a hybrid of 2 kinds of pre homosapiens species.

If its a large kind of chimps that act like gorilla"s, it also proves some parts of evolution, where branches of 1 species can form a brand new one with its own unique features and specialisations.

Lets hope africa stabilizes and more and more discoveries like this are made in the years to come. Maybe our "missing" link is found somewere, maybe we will find things we wouldn"t dare to have dreamed of before. Like some people say there might be dinosaurs still living in africa,

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 01:09 PM
A stunning find, really. Over six feet tall? And they are an isolated population nonetheless, so possibly not a result of hybridization between gorillas and chimps? Ernst Mayr was a big advocate of this 'allopatric mode of speciation'. Interesting int the extreme. Hopefully they took some samples to do some genetic studies on.

"If this had been a bluff charge, they would have been screaming to intimidate us. These guys were quiet. And they were huge. They were coming in for the kill. I was directly in front of them, and as soon as they saw my face, they stopped and disappeared."

So they stalk things too? I can't imagine what went thru this researchers head, a 6foot five giant unknown gang of apes stalking her in the jungle. And they left when they saw her face? Maybe they were confused, seeing an animal they weren't familiar with?

Are there reports from the natives of these creatures? Seems incredible that a large mammal of any kind was unknown for so long. Think about it, no remains found, probably very few sightings. This is a definite boost for cryptozoology, to say the least. Of course, on the other hand, they weren't found by cryptozoologists.

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 01:12 PM
I think that scientists are in a difficult situation, seeing how the government doesn't really have any control over poaching and hunting. Let's hope that the government can get it's act together and make sure scientists have a safe place to study these primates.

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 01:28 PM

Are there reports from the natives of these creatures?

~BBC Report
According to local villagers, the apes are ferocious, and even capable of killing lions.

Looks like those thing are extremely powerfull, probley extremely skilled hunters to boot, I would expect then to hunt in pac. Think about pac hunting by 6'6" primates quite, and being a scientist... I'd have thoughts of J.P. Raptors

Soooo Coool!! Nice Find By All

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 02:04 PM
Reminds me of a paperback I read several years ago. In that story, the giant apes had been bred to guard diamond or uranium mines.

The scientist has video of the apes. I hope it's available when the report is published next week. Looking forward to it, really.

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 02:06 PM
This was posted days ago in the Cryptozoology forum.
Giant Ape

Moderator? Maybe you could deduct points from BOTH of the copycat posters due to their lack of respect for the Search Function.

This thread==Copycat #1
Copycat #2

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 02:22 PM
Hi Everybody, its your friendly neighborhood mod here.

Yes this is a duplicate post. It will be closed in favor of the previously posted topic. Than being said, it is not the inital posters fault. This story was posted in ATSNN as a news story and then moved to the current events forum by a reporter or editor. I do not believe there was any attempt to duplicate the story in another thread. Parallel threads are allowed on ATSNN and the regular forums.

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