Bigfoot is an ape-like creature that is thought to be a “missing link” between humans and our evolutionary ancestors. Bigfoot is said to stand 7-9ft tall and inhabit isolated regions of North America. Widely believed to be a leftover element of folklore or an urban legend, most people believe any evidence of Bigfoot is a hoax. This article will discuss the best arguments and pieces of evidence that suggests there’s more to the story of Bigfoot, Yeti, and Abominable Snowmen than meets the eye:
[*] Accounts of Bigfoot precede the name “Bigfoot” and have been found in most cultures. Either because all these different cultures have actually scene a large ape-like creature or because all these different cultures have people misidentifying woodland creatures. What we do know is that it’s not possible that there is not one singular Bigfoot “hoax” that could have worked its way into people’s cultures all over the world. Also, just because we know some (or even many) of the Bigfoot sightings we know about are hoaxes, doesn’t disprove the existence of a cryptid out there somewhere.
[*] Some people who study Bigfoot phenomena believe it is actually a kind of ape we (falsely) believe to be extinct called a Gigantopithecus. The Gigantopithecus was once a populous creature but extreme dwindling numbers could explain both why we believe the genus to be extinct and why sightings are so rare.
[*] World renown and well-respected primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall said in an interview with NPR “You will be amazed when I tell you that I’m sure that they (referring to Bigfoots) exist.”
[*] The first scientist to study all available data on Bigfoot determined that “I am convinced that Sasquatch exists, but whether it is all it is cracked up to be is another matter altogether. There must be something in north-west America that needs explaining, and that something leaves man-like footprints.”
[*] Some plaster casts of alleged Bigfoot footprints have been analyzed and shown to contain patterns unique from other animals and healed scares — indicating that the footprints were made by a real creature rather than forged as part of a hoax.
[*] This photograph of Yeti footprints was published in Popular Science magazine in 1952. It is considered to be one of the best pieces of evidence for the existence of something Yeti-like to exist:
[*] Another purported photograph of Yeti footprints with an axe for scale:
[*] The Animal Planet network currently runs a show called Finding Bigfoot. After nine seasons, here is the the closest encounters the show has had with Bigfoot:
[*] This is the original “Patterson footage” taken in 1967 by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in northern California:
[*] More famous footage from the Marble Mountains in northern California taken by members of a youth group on a camping trip:
All in all, there isn’t a lot of evidence to support the existence of a gigantic species of mammals that we haven’t been able to find. However, if we know enough about science and history, we should know enough to know that we don’t know that much and what we do know may be proven wrong in the future. I’m going to adopt Jane Goodall’s approach that the scientific community is probably right that Bigfoot doesn’t exist, but wouldn’t it be fun if he did?