Loren Coleman

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Presentation: Nova Scotia Investigations: Wendigos to Kangaroos

Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists. Coleman has been investigating, in the field and in the library, cryptozoological evidence and folklore since the Abominable Snowmen caught his interest in 1960, leading him to research mysterious panther sightings and reports of apes in the American Midwest. He has traveled to 45 states, throughout Canada, Mexico, Scotland, and the Virgin Islands interviewing witnesses of lake monster, Sasquatch, giant snake, mystery feline, phantom kangaroo, thunderbird, and other cryptid reports and folklore.

Coleman has written several books and more than three hundred articles. He has appeared frequently on radio and television programs, such as Fox/USA Network’s “In Search Of,” NBC-TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” A & E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” History Channel’s “In Search of History,” and “History’s Mysteries,” Discovery Channel’s “In the Unknown, ” and other reality-based programs. He contributes cryptozoology columns, “On the Trail,” to the London-based magazine Fortean Times, and “Mysterious World” to Fate, as well as articles to The Anomalist and Fortean Studies.  

Coleman has an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he majored in anthropology, minored in zoology, and did some summer work in archaeology. He received a graduate degree in psychiatric social work from Simmons College in Boston. Coleman was admitted to the Ph.D. programs, and took doctoral coursework in social anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University of New Hampshire’s Family Research Laboratory.  He has been an instructor, assistant/associate professor, research associate, and documentary filmmaker, in various academic university settings, since 1980. 

On 20 October 1997, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the famous filming of a Californian Sasquatch, Loren Coleman was one of the first ten inductees into the Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon.