Yabalik-Adam : Wildman of Central Asia.


Unknown, probably a Turkic word, presumed to mean “wild man.”

Variant names:

Yaboi-adam, Yavan-adam, Yavo-khal’g.

Physical description:

Yellowish body hair. Thumb is close to the fingers. Feet are broader than a human’s.


Moves easily in the mountains. Turns around to face its pursuers, uttering guttural cries. Chinese informants claim that it hurls large stones as weapons and moults in April.


Pamir and Kunlun Mountains, in the area where Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China meet.

Significant sighting:

Around 1912, hunters captured a wildman in the mountains, brought it into a village, and fed it raw meat. After the
news reached Taxkorgon, Chinese authorities came and took the creature away.


  • Bernard Heuvelmans and Boris F.Porshnev, L’homme de Néanderthal est toujours vivant (Paris: Plon, 1974), pp. 139–140



Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

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