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Inscription at the entrance to the "Yeren Cave" in western Hubei Province

The Yeren (Chinese: 野人pinyin: yěrén; literally "wild-man"), variously referred to as the Yiren, Yeh Ren, Chinese Wildman, (Chinese: 神农架野人pinyin: Shénnóngjiàyěrén; literally "The Wildman of Shennongjia"), or Man-Monkey, (Chinese: 人熊pinyin: Ren Xiong; literally "Man Bear"), is a legendary creature said to be an as yet undiscovered hominid residing in the mountainous forested regions of China's remote Hubei province.[1]

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Description

Witnesses typically report the creatures to be covered in reddish-brown hair.[2] Some white specimens have also been sighted. Their height is estimated to range from six to eight feet, although some colossal examples allegedly in excess of ten feet tall have been reported.[3]

In 1980, a Chinese team claimed to have found a dozen nests, some in trees and some on the ground, in an area called Fengshuyang in the Zhejiang province.[4]

Explanations

Some cryptozoologists have drawn a link between the Yeren and the extinct hominid Gigantopithecus, which formerly inhabited the general region.[5] It has also been suggested that the Yeren is actually a new species of orangutan, one that is ground-dwelling, bipedal and native to mainland Asia instead of Borneo or Sumatra.

It is also thought that the Yeren might just be a legend. The Yeren apparently dwells in a region already rich with superstition and strange phenomena, including an inordinate occurrence of albinism in the local fauna, adding to its mystique. It has been connected with ancient Chinese legends of magical forest ogres and man-like bears.

Most reputable scientists, Chinese and Western, who have studied the Yeren case agree that almost all the physical evidence and sightings claimed by local people are unreliable and often fabricated, and that given the absence of any reliable evidence the Yeren almost certainly does not exist.

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