Mongolian for “wild man”, the Alma is a purported hominid-like cryptid species reputed to inhabit the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains of Central Asia, and the Altai Mountains of southern Mongolia.

Almases are typically described as being bipedal animals, between five and six and a half feet tall, their bodies covered with reddish-brown hair, with anthropomorphic facial features including a pronounced brow ridge, flat nose, and a weak chin.

As far back as the 15th century, they have been sighted by travelers and were even described in Mongolian and Tibetan medical literature at the time, along with many animals and plants that still exist today.

It is hypothesized that Almases are a relict population of Neanderthals, while others believe they are surviving Homo erectus, or possibly even connected to the Denisovans in some way.