Ohio Pygmy

Small Hominid of North America.

Physical description: Height, 3 feet-4 feet 6 inches.

Distribution: Two miles south of Coshocton, Ohio.

Significant sightings: In the early nineteenth century, a burial site containing the remains of up to 3,000 humans was found near Coshocton, Ohio, along the Muskingum River. Many of the skeletons appeared to be less than 4 feet 6 inches in height. Traces of wood suggested to the discoverers that the burials had been in coffins.

Possible explanation: The bones were either the remains of children or disarticulated adults. The cemetery was plowed over long ago; all that remained in 1975 was a mound at its southern edge.

Sources: S. P. Hildreth, "Miscellaneous Observations Made during a Tour in May, 1835, to the Falls of the Cuyahoga, near Lake Erie," American Journal ofScience, ser. 1, 31 (1835): 1, 69; William J. Bahmer, Centennial History ofCoshocton County, Ohio (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1909), vol. 1, pp. 7-27; Henry C. Wolfe, "The Little People," Saturday Review 47 (November 7, 1964): 71; Mabel V. Pollock, "Last of the Pygmies," Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch Magazine, June 8, 1975, p. 37.

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