"Atlas of the Snowmen"
by Vadim Yu. Makarov
The Moscow publishing house "Company Sputnik+" 2002, 311 pp.,
ISBN 5-93406-237-9 (in Russian)
|Book Review by Michael Trachtengerts, Ph.D., Moscow|
The book includes
8 chapters and the most informative are "Contemporary areal of relic
hominoids (records of eyewitnesses)" and "Expeditions".
The reviews of areals begin with the European parts of the former USSR.
There are evidences from populated places such as the vicinity of Moscow
and Ukraine. Obviously, in such places hominoids do not linger over and
can not be objects of prolonged investigations. The others are more interesting
for the researchers as places permanently used by homonoids. V.Makarov
tells in detail about Caucasus, where the most numerous evidences were
received (the main collections by J.-M.Kofmann). Only the small part of
the received there data could be included in the book. The places of steady
presence of hominoids also are in north of Europe, where the natural conditions
strongly complicate observations. In the Asian part of the country many
meetings occured in the mountains of Tadjikistan.
The situations in
other countries and continents are described superficially to some extent.
There are few items for every geographical zone of the Earth. Some literature
sources that describe
The section of expeditions is the most interesting. After a brief descriptions of well-known first travels to Himalayas V.Makarov came to expeditions of the Russian researchers. The materials about the Central Asian expeditions of the Society contain the maps, figures and descriptions with details usually accepted in scientific reports. V.Makarov for the first time gathered and presented systematically chronology of field researches by Russian cryptozoologists in the impressive table. This section gives appropriate view on large volume of the investigations which have been carried out by the enthusiasts in 80-90-th years without state's or sponsor's support. In other sections of the book the author gave the information on morphology, comparative ethology and ecology of hominoids. He said also how hominoids presented in historical literature and folklore (following to D.Bayanov). The recommendations for field work and technique of step fixing are interesting for the beginners.
Some statements of the author are rather disputable. For example, it is difficult to agree that in Fig. 84 a child of hominoid is represented, as well as with a hypothesis about a route of migration of a creature in Fig. 19.
Unfortunately, the low technical quality of the edition contrasts with its content. Photos were printed very defectively. There are a lot of typing errors in the book.
But in spite of these lacks the book will be interesting to anyone, who wish to know about researches of relic hominoids, first of all in Russia.