The Paranormalist has reported that a team of Danish scientists who have been analyzing hair samples brought back from Indonesia by a British expedition last autumn have found some potentially world-shattering results.

Expedition leader Adam Davies has been to Sumatra five times since 1999, in search of the fabled HAIRY HOMINID known as the ORANG PENDEK — an upright walking ape from Sumatra, which is only known from eyewitness reports.

On a previous expedition in 2001, prints and hair were found, and subsequently examined by world famous hair analysis expert Professor Hans Brunner and by Dr. David Chivers of Cambridge University. They independently concluded that they were from an unknown primate closely related to the two species of orangutan.

Last weekend at the annual conference of the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ), the world’s largest mystery animal research group, Danish scientist Lars Thomas announced the results so far. The preliminary DNA analysis of the hairs appears to resemble that of an orangutan. According to Thomas:

“… the significance is quite enormous  no matter what the result is basically, because if it turns out to be orangutan this proves that there is orangutan in a part of Sumatra several hundred kilometers from the nearest population of orangutan. If it turns out to be a primate that looks like an orang-utan but isn’t, it’s an even greater discovery because that proves that there is another great ape living in Indonesia.”

Freeman, the zoological director of the CFZ, has been to Sumatra on three occasions, the hairs in question being found on the last expedition in September 2009. On this particular trip were Adam Davies, Richard Freeman, Chris Clark, Dave Archer plus their guides Sahar, John, Dally and Doni found the hairs on a small sapling about 3 feet off the ground.  According to Freeman:

“If the hair turns out to be from a new species, it would be the first confirmed upright walking ape which then throws an interesting light upon other reported bipedals like the yeti, etc.  It may also help tell us how bipedalism in humans first developed.  Also, the fact that such a large animal was found on an island roughly the same size as Britain could be significant as it may also mean that there could be other large animals still to be found across the world.”