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Zhou Guoxing on the
Chinese Wildman or Yeren, Yeh-ren

A.D. 618-907


Hubei Province, China

AD 618-907 - Chinese historical documents, and many city and town annals, contain abundant records of the Chinese Wildman, which are given various names," states Zhou Guoxing of the Beijing Museum of Natural History.

Two thousand years ago, the poet-statesman Qu Yuan made many references to Shangui (mountain ogres) in his verses.

Li Yanshow, a historian who lived during the T'Ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), stated that the forests of Hubei province sheltered a band of wildmen. (Zhou, Guoxing 1982, p. 13).

These creatures or ogres have figured in central and southern Chinese culture for centuries.

The yeh-ren is said to be a biped (upright walking creature) generally described at six-feet tall, with considerable pelage of orange-pinkish tinge to red-brown in color. The footprints are large, 14 to 16 inches in length and 6 to 7 inches wide. Guoxing has written extensively about this phenomenon.

Zhou Guoxing is a well-known Chinese paleoanthropologist and archaeologist; educated at Fudan University, in Shanghai.

In 1962, he was appointed to the scientific staff of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing.

In 1979, he joined the Beijing Natural History Museum, where he is now head of the Department of Anthropology and deputy director of the Museum.

He has investigated in depth the question of the Yeh-ren or wildman; a Sasquatch-like primate reported in China for centuries, and he has participated in fieldwork in search of further evidence.

Zhou Guoxing
126 Tian Qiao South Street
Beijing Natural History Museum
Beijing 100050, China

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