|An orang pendek cast collected on July 14, 2013.|
The Orang Pendek Project has been an amazing project to work on, but it has not been without its setbacks and frustrations. Some of these frustrations arise from incomplete documentation or lost data. After all, the project spans three continents and two languages. That’s not even to mention the cultural differences that sometimes cause confusion or other complications.
This cast is a great example of these complications. There was a track investigation on July 14, 2013, and several photographs of a footprint in the ground were recorded that day. The cast seen above came with the bundle of data sent by my Sumatran contact that serves as a middle-man. However, the cast cannot be from the footprint pictured in the ground; it’s the wrong foot!
We apparently have some missing data somewhere, but I will still record this footprint as from the date above. Perhaps it is another footprint from the same line of prints? Perhaps it’s from another date altogether? I do not know, and am unlikely to ever know. I do know that as the project proceeds, the documentation is getting better and better. Hopefully this sort of error will be avoided in the future.
I present the data, fuzzy as it may be, for your enjoyment.