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The term, Marked Hominids, is often used to describe a group of seven foot tall hairy hominids reported to live in the wooded mountainsides and tundras of polar and sub Polar Regions of North America, Europe, Asia and Siberia. Marked Hominids are called so because these individuals appear to be piebald, a term used to describe an animal which displays a spotted pattern of large white and black patches, hence some would say they appear, marked.

Eyewitness reports of Marked Hominids do not always show a white patch of hair set against a much darker hair, they vary from two toned, multicolored hair patterns, a lighter haired mane, and in some cases a near albino appearance. In Siberia, on such creature became known as Mecheny, meaning the Marked One. Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe used this name as a basis for dubbing these creatures as Marked Hominids in their Field Guide to Unknown Hominids. Loren Coleman also saw this naming as a fitting tribute to his fellow researcher Mark A. Hall, who, according to Coleman’s book, Crypto-zoology A to Z, first identified these beings as markedly different from Bigfoot.

Marked Hominids are often mistaken for Bigfoot when being reported by eyewitnesses; however Marked Hominids are actually more human looking and tend to be shorter than Bigfoot. Averaging about seven feet tall, Marked Hominids often have firm, powerful bodies with well developed leg and shoulder muscles. Reports of these creatures often state that the creatures arms do not reach below the knees, as with Bigfoot, have flat a flat buttocks and visible genitalia. Marked Hominids feet often measure ten to fourteen inches long, have a narrow curving impression and are three to five inches wide.

The skull of a Marked Hominid rested very low which makes the creature appear to have no neck; it has very large eyes, well adapted to the creature’s nocturnal life style. The creature’s hair is often short and on a scale some where between brown to black, it is slightly longer on the creatures head, under arms and pubic area. The creature, as stated previously, has a tendency to piebald, showing lighter patches to contrast against the generally darker hair. As with other Crptids of its kind, Marked Hominid sightings are often accompanied by a very strong odor, similar to wet dog.

Marked Hominids have been known to approach the villages and small town of the native people that they share their harsh environments. Though appearing to not be as intelligent as these natives, Marked Hominids sometimes trade with these people, and reportedly communicate with them non verbally, often using hand gestures. Due to this closeness with humans, Marked Hominids often encounter dogs, to which it is said they are not particularly found of, and in some cases end up killing the canine, more so out of annoyance than the need to feed. The diet of the Marked Hominid does however show a preference for larger mammals, but also includes small game and fibrous plants.

In a report published by Scientist Maya Bykova, she discuss an encounter she had with the above mention creature known as Mecheny while staying at a co workers hunting cabin in Western Siberia. A portion of that report can be found below:

On Saturday, August 15, Volodya, Nadya, myself, and their three-month old puppy, named Box (the old dog was no longer alive) set out for the cherished hunting cabin. The path was difficult, the last leg passing through bogs, so we reached our destination in the evening pretty worn-out. Before settling down for the night, Volodya put some logs under the window and covered them with a piece of plywood used for drying cedar nuts. "Lest he surprises us," said Volodya.

His foresight was not in vain. At dawn we heard someone step on the plywood and make two quick knocks on the window. I shot out from the bed, dashed to the door, threw off the hook, and popped outdoors. Volodya and Nadya, fearing for my safety, followed suit.

It was dawning and the first thing I saw in front of me was a white spot against a dark background of trees. After that I saw his figure. He was standing five meters away. His right shoulder leaning against the bark less trunk of a dead cedar. Sharply in view were the white forearm and brightly glowing red eyes. Detail. He stood two meters, give or take five centimeters. Looking down at us (Volodya is 180 centimeters tall, I am 168, Nadya is shorter), he shifted his glance from one to another and made a sound, something like "Khe" as if clearing his throat without parting the lips. On the whole, judging by his build, especially the lower extremities, he resembled a man, not an ape or a bear standing on the hind legs. But like an animal he was covered all over with fur, some six or seven centimeters long, red-brown in color, except the left forearm which, as already mentioned, was white.

I drew the creature's portrait from head to foot as it stuck in my memory. The head, when facing me, looked round, but later, when he turned, I noticed that the back of the head was elongated. The hair on the head was short, no more than three centimeters, I did not see any skin on the face, it was all covered with hair, including the ears, the nose and the nostrils. I could only see his eyes, almond-shaped like a man's but sunken under prominent brow ridges. The jaws were slightly put forward and showed a long narrow slit of the mouth. The head sat right on the shoulders, without a neck. The shoulders were strikingly wide and strongly muscled. Such musculature in humans can only be seen in body-builders. The chest was powerful and barrel-like. Hefty arms, set somewhat forward, hung loosely down. Their relative length seemed within human proportions. The hands were enormous and shaped like scoops.

I could see the skin of the palms and it was reddish. In the groin the hair was longer, the genitals were not seen. The legs were long and straight, with enormous feet. They were also covered with hair and I did not see any skin.

Compared with the sasquatch of the Patterson-Gimlin film the similarity is obvious, considering such characteristics as size, bulk, hairiness, the barrel-like chest, the sitting of head, the difference between them is mainly connected with the different sex of the creatures: breasts in the sasquatch and their absence in Mecheny; the latter's musculature is more developed and pronounced than in the female sasquatch, besides he seemed devoid of body fat that is apparent in the female. It must be remembered though that I saw Mecheny mainly facing me and standing still while his American counterpart is from the side and rear and on the move.

The Evidence
There is no physical evidence to support the existence of Marked Hominids, however to see the different forms of evidence which have been collected to support the existence of other large hominids, visit the Unknown Explorers page on Bigfoot.

The Sightings
In August 1987, scientist Maya Bykova encountered a Marked Hominid while staying in a hunting cabin in Western Siberia. Her account would later be published in a book by Dmitri Bayanov in 1996, the book was titled, In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman.

In 2005, Matt Wakeley reported his sighting of a Marked Hominid near White Pigeon Road and Highway 9, in southeastern Walworth County, Wisconsin. Mr. Wakeley’s encounter was published in a book by Cryptozoologist Linda Godfrey in 2006 entitled Hunting the American Werewolf.

The Stats – (Where applicable)

• Classification: Hominid
• Size: Roughly 6 Feet Tall
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Thought to consist of larger Mammals, Small Game and Fibrous Plants.
• Location: Polar and Sub Polar Regions of North America, Europe, Asia and Siberia.
• Movement: Bipedal Walking
• Environment: Wood Mountainsides and Tundra