Interview with Yves Coppens
Coppens discovered Lucy, a skeleton three million years old. An important
discovery. A meeting that was to transform his life. As if Lucy had lain
waiting for him all those years, a Sleeping Beauty. As if this quest for
our human origins were really a love affair, and Yves Coppens a Prince
Charming in the guise of a prehistorian."
# Is it of a monkey or a man?
Y.C.: I do not know
anything of it but still do not know if they exist. According to description
that me has ridge of it Doctor Koffmann, that would answer much more one
large monkey that with an
# However they talk of Neanderthal man?
Y.C.: This species of obsession to call this man Neandertal is ridiculous. I am completely hostile with this idea because Neandertal is a fossil man whom one knows very well and who is only some 30 000 years old at the maximum. They are people who are very intelligent according to their tools, which are very refined, which collects curious stones, which collects fossils, which decorate the body, which believe in beyond since they bury their deaths... That does not have really anything to see with this history of AImasty.
# Why such a confusion?
Y.C.: The error comes owing to the fact that, since the last century, Neandertal is the stupid equivalent " of man and fruste ". Take the film Forrest Gump where Tom Hanks incarne simple of spirit. During an interview, the actor affirmed to have taken as a starting point Neandertal for his role of simpleton. There is no more no doubt, for the man, Cro-Magnon is idiot!
# For you the hypothesis of the monkey is not in any doubt?
Y.C: It has very to
like. Initially, it has this divergent big toe, one sees it on the prints
raised during forwardings, and it has nothing to do with the human foot
and its toe aligned on the others,
# What is the evidence that we hold today on the existence of Almasty?
Y.C.: There are many prints of foot - photographs and mouldings - which are indeed very impressive. Doctor Koffmann also reported the description of a species of litter which would have been occupied by these animals and around which were vegetable food remainders.
# Can one know today the approximate number of Almasty populating the Caucasus?
Y.C.: I do not know anything of it. It is a little bit what throws the disorder on the reality of this character. One finds Almasty in the Caucasus, Yeti in Nepal and Bigfoot in America. I find that it much is met...
# One of your fellow-members affirms that a species can remain only in the condition which there remain at least thousand alive individuals. Would that like to say that there would be in the Caucasus, a thousand of Almasty without one being able to distinguish them?
Y.C.: Why not, and
that does not appear to me much besides, because the Caucasus is an area
of altitude which is extremely raised. Spaces are immense. And then the
man does not have any reason to go up starting from a certain altitude
in the forest belts. To drive out, it is satisfied with a not very major
part of the forest. In the same way, to recover its wood, it has what
is necessary for him in edge. Thus, the fact that there is a thousand
of individuals does not appear
# Why can't you detect the creatures with high technology of detection operated by satellite?
Y. C. In the forest,
one does not see large-thing, even since the satellites. In addition,
look at time sometimes that one puts to find the wreck of a plane in spite
of these satellites which, it should be
# If one accepts
all the information which one recovered up to now, can one say that one
has a kind of missing link here?
Copyright (c) 1994
- Mystery Magazine TF1