De Loys' Ape (Ameranthropoides loysi) Hoax

De Loys' Ape Facts:
  • Named after Swiss geologist Dr. Francois de Loys.
  • Given scientific name Ameranthropoides loysi.
  • The ape was found during an expedition on the Venezuelan-Colombian border in South America (1917-1920) where De Loys & his team were looking for oil.
  • Only 4 of the original 20 team members actually survived the expedition (most succumbing to natives & tropical diseases).
  • The ape was killed by Dr. Francois de Loys and his team.
  • Was hailed at one time as a living "missing link."
  • The photograph was not released for publication until 1929.
  • De Loys finally give his account of the sighting in the Illustrated London News of June 15, 1929.
  • Most skeptics, however, believe the picture is a hoax.
  • The likely real animal was a spider monkey.
  • Interestingly, it was in 1929 that the first drawings of Tarzan by Harold Foster were published with gorillas beating their chests etc (coincidence?).

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