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Both Cryptomundo and Magonia (latter recently updated with more complete post) are today reporting that Hilary Evans, a pioneer of Fortean studies, has passed away. Writes Loren Coleman at Cryptomundo:

Hilary Evans, who was born in 1929, passed away this morning, July 27, 2011. He was an intellectual British pictorial archivist, author, and researcher into cryptozoological, Fortean, ufological and other undiscovered phenomena.

Evans was born in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom. In 1964 he and his wife Mary Evans founded the Mary Evans Picture Library, an archive of historical illustrations. In 1981 he co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena.

Evans was an exponent of the Psychosocial Hypothesis of UFOs as culturally shaped visionary experiences.

Mary Evans had herself just passed away last year. The passing of Hilary Evans comes on the back of the loss, earlier this month, of another pioneering anomalies investigator – William Corliss.