The story and reasoning behind this picture was a hoax used to push a very very wrong view of evolution. But, the story behind the fake story may not be a hoax at all, even if unrelated to this picture and subsequent story. Confused? Before we get back to it, the two skulls in the other picture are real fossils of two pleistocene species of man size monkeys called protopithecus and capoira bambuiorum.
The leading expert on these two species is anthropologist Walter Hartwig, a man I studied under at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In fact he was the one that approved my independent study of Voodoo and Zombification in Haiti. For the record he found the idea of Bigfoot ridiculous.
Back to the picture which clearly shows a monkey, you can tell from the nostrils pointing outwards, the feet, and the elongated clitoris. The picture referred to as De Loy’s ape was claimed to be a bipedal ape, used later to push the idea that certain ethnic groups evolved from different apes, which as we know is so wrong on so many level, that there’s no point in even dealing with it. This is 100% not an ape, this is a monkey, probably a spider monkey, which is the general consensus.
But here is where the story takes an interesting turn, is that stories of man size monkeys resembling protopithecus (which by the way is similar to the spider monkey and howler monkey) has a long history along the river systems from Venezuela, into the Guyana massif and into the Amazon basin. This animal is called the Mono Grande. A lot of modern sightings take place near the Orinoco river system which you can see on the map.
This cryptozoological animal has largely been ignored because no one wants to be tainted by the earlier hoax and be associated with racism. This is unfortunate because, the idea of a giant monkey survivor from the pleistocene, in an area that can support it from an ecological standpoint, in an area that once had such an animal is not such a crazy idea; especially in light of the many reported modern sightings of the Mono Grande.
So, while the original picture was used in a hoax, and clearly not an ape as was claimed, and I might add there’s no way to determine size in the photograph, and I’m 90% sure it’s a spider monkey, but what if it’s not? There’s that 10% in me that wonders, once we get past De Loy’s and friends utter stupidity and the subsequent modern rampant fear of been racially inappropriate if we may be looking at a Mono Grande, which as I’ve stated is very similar to the spider and howler monkey in depictions and behavior.