We all have heard of the yeti and some either called it throwback of nature or an old wive’s tale. But the concept of the ape-man has not been centric or localized in a certain culture only. Everywhere it has been called by a different name. From yeti to the monkey-man. For my first alphabet A, I choose to call this The Ape-man.
The notorious monkey-man of Delhi, on which many serials were also based can be a figment of an imagination or the costume of a serial killer. A man with black hair all over his body, 8ft tall and vanishing as nimbly as he appeared is definitely something which might cross the border of science. When in Delhi in 2001, many such attacks were reported it created a furor amongst the nations. The local police gave a report saying all were false but as they could not prove the existence of an ape-man, neither could they prove it wrong.
But the existence of ape "like" men was further popularized when stories of three brothers who looked and behaved like monkeys became headlines in the south of India due to the serial Mano Ya Na Mano. Their violent animal like behavior or their acute clairvoyant disposition became legendary. They were the much sorted out proof that such a phenomena really existed. Though not hairy, they certainly walk, climb and behave like monkeys. They cannot speak but the sounds that do come out from their vocal chords are very similar to the sounds of monkeys. Same sounds as were reported to have been made by the monkey-man in Delhi or at the yeti sightings across the world. A throwback of evolution perhaps?
Do you believe that such men can exist? Before you call this an old wives tale here is one scientific fact to look into.
Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation which caused hair to sprout on one’s bodies giving an ape-like resemble. This is called Hypertrichosis. Some even call it a “werewolf syndrome”.
But again the people affected by this are pretty normal in speech and behavior. So how does one explain scientifically the animal like behavior and speech?
Fact or Fiction? What would you call this?
Check out my post for the letter B here.