From Siberia to infrequent appearances in places like Monroe, Michigan, one remarkable feature seems to set apart a group of seven-foot hairy hominids usually seen in and near the subpolar regions of the world. In this population, the individuals tend to be piebald—exhibiting either a two-toned, multicolored hair pattern, a lighter-haired mane, a near-albino appearance, or a white patch in the midst of a field of darker hair. The Siberians called one such individual Mecheny, meaning the Marked One. Loren Coleman, in his field guide to unknown hominoids written with Patrick Huyghe, used that name as a basis for calling these beings the Marked Hominids. Additionally, he saw this naming as a fitting tribute to his fellow researcher Mark A. Hall, who had first identified these beings as markedly different from Bigfoot.
Though often mistaken for Bigfoot, Marked Hominids are actually more human-looking and somewhat shorter than those classic neogiants. They average about seven feet tall and have firm, powerful bodies with well-developed legs and shoulder muscles. Their arms do not reach below the knees, and they have flat buttocks, visible genitalia, and sometimes a protruding stomach, which is probably indicative of the individual’s age and well-fed condition. Also characteristic is a foot that measures ten to fourteen and one-half inches long and has a narrow curving impression and a three-to-five inch width. Its five toes are splayed; often, even the outside, or little, toe appears splayed.
Essentially neckless, the Marked Hominid has large eyes set in a rounded face with a calm, almost pleasant, appearance. It does not look ape-like at all. In males, the face has hair, or a beard, from the eyes down, giving the impression of a mask. The hair is short brown, or dark, and slightly longer on the head, under the arms, and in the pubic area. As noted, they have a tendency to piebald, showing lighter patches among the darker colors. Some are albino or lightly maned.
The Marked Hominid, while perhaps existing globally, appears to live mainly on the wooded mountainsides and tundra in the subpolar regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. This howling nocturnal creature sometimes wears skins and often smells like a wet dog. Though they may live in groups, the Marked Hominids do not appear to be as intelligent as the native peoples with whom they have shared similar harsh living conditions. The Marked Hominids have been known to approach human housing and livestock, trade with humans, and communicate with them non-verbally. A by-product of their close association with humans is their natural annoyance with dogs which, according to reports, they have sometimes killed.
The diet of the Marked Hominid shows a preference for larger mammals, small game, and plants. In April 1992, Vyacheslav Oparin, a Karelian journalist, was promoting the idea that Finland’s Abominable Snowman should be renamed the Forest Monster or Tree Eater because, he claimed, the tall and hairy animal living along the Finnish border climbed trees and lived off bark.
One of the most remarkable series of close-up sightings of these Marked Hominids occurred in the 1980s in Siberia, as reported by Maya Bykova.
The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters,Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
Written by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark – Copyright 1999 Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark