The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman
NOW IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME… THE TRUE STORY OF THE MINNESOTA ICEMAN!
The story begins at the end of 1968 in New Jersey, when zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans and biologist Ivan Sanderson first hear from a correspondent about the frozen corpse of an extremely hairy man-like creature being exhibited in the Midwest. Upon arrival in Minnesota, the two scientists come face to face with a “hominid” not of our species embedded in a block of ice. An inquiry into the origin of the specimen triggers a bizarre adventure involving the FBI, the Smithsonian, the Mafia, the Vietnam War, drug smuggling, Hollywood, and a secretive millionaire, giving much of the account the flavor of a riveting detective story. What happened is told in meticulous detail by Heuvelmans, who draws a startling conclusion as to the Iceman’s nature based on a comparison of its anatomy with that of modern humans and fossil ancestors. But where Heuvelman’s scientific tale ends, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman’s begins, in a lengthy fact-filled afterword that brings this remarkable saga up-to-date.
Bernard Heuvelmans (1916-2001) was a Belgian-French zoologist, explorer, researcher, and a writer probably best known as “the Father of Cryptozoology.” His “On the Track of Unknown Animals” and “In the Wake of Sea Serpents” are regarded as two of the most influential works of cryptozoology. In 1975 Heuvelmans established the Center for Cryptozoology in France, and in1982 he helped to found the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct) and served as its first president. In 1999, he donated his vast holdings and archives in cryptozoology to The Museum of Zoology of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Paul H. LeBlond is an ocean scientist with a long interest in cryptozoology. He was one of the founders of the International Society of Cryptozoology, and a co-founder of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club. LeBlond is an emeritus professor at the University of British Columbia, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. LeBlond is the author of “Discovering Cadborosaurus” and the translator from the French of “The Asian Wild Man” by Jean-Paul Debenat. LeBlond is the first President of the newly formed International Cryptozoology Society.
Loren Coleman has conducted fieldwork and research in cryptozoology since 1960, and is the author or contributor to over 100 popular books on cryptozoology, natural history mysteries, and the media, including “Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America,” “Cryptozoology A to Z,” and “Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti.” For 20 years, he was an adjunct associate professor in documentary film and anthropology at six universities. He is the founder in 2003 and director of the nonprofit International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, and a co-founder of the International Cryptozoology Society in 2016.