$10,000 Reward for Pedro Mountain Mummy the headlines read. Around the world the AP story circulated as people were introduced to a little known, little man affectionately named after the Wyoming mountain range he was discovered in 1932.
Paleoanthropology is a fascinating subject where piecing together the skulls and artifacts allows us a peek into the history of mankind. Pedro was a bit of an anomaly. The facts are Pedro was a mummified human and only 14″ tall! The many scientists who examined the mini-mummy were divided. The anthropologist group said Pedro was a diseased baby. But medical doctors and radiologists thought Pedro was a full-grown adult. To make matters worse he was stolen in 1950 and not heard of since.
So I thought to offer a $10,000 reward for his return. The news article allowed me to challenge evolutionary thinking. We asked if Pedro is a full grown adult and IF he is one of many who have existed in the recent past, does the evolutionary family tree have a spot all picked out for him? What about creationists? What would they do with a small man and the Biblical view of human history? Pedro presented potential challenges I wanted to see play out but only if we could find the diminutive fellow. If Pedro was found then we could have him go through a battery of tests to find out what he is.
Although leads resulted from the news story, they did not help us materialize the little man. But as a result of the extensive research, it prompted me to write a book about Pedro and the legends of little people, which is soon to be released.
Well this brings us up to about April 2005 and we are about to turn the corner and go full steam ahead with the museum and how it all got going again.
Next Up: The mission gets narrow and intense.