The kakundakari was a cryptohominid reported from the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kivu Region, described as a child-sized hairy biped, with a mane of long head hair. Like other long-haired "hairy dwarves" reported from Africa, the kakundakari has been speculated to be a surviving descendant of the early hominin Australopithecus, although exaggerated chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) have also been suggested as identities. It may be synonymous with the kikomba, a larger Congolese cryptohominid which is speculated to be the male or adult of the kakundakari, but this theory is contested.
Notes and references
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- Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 1-57607-283-5
- Coudray, Philippe (2009) Guide des Animaux Cachés, Editions du Mont, ISBN 978-2915652383
- Smith, Malcolm (2020) Forgotten Bigfoots Around the World, ISBN 979-8671311297