Bigfoot – Fact or Fiction
Could the missing link between the lower primates and man still be alive? Reports of such a creature have come from all over the world. Yeti and abominable snowman sightings have taken place for years in the Tibetan-Himalayan area. Skunk ape sightings from the everglades of Florida have also been reported for many years. Nearly all areas of North America have reports of Bigfoot, Skunk ape or Sasquatch, with a majority of the sightings coming from heavily forested areas. Footprints, hair and blood have been collected, yet no body has been brought in for scientific evaluation.
The most well known creature and likely the most sought after of all the mythological beasts has to be Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch. Bigfoot has become quite a legend with sightings dating back centuries. Bigfoot is an ape-like creature that is thought to inhabit forests and woodlands, often described as a large and hairy man-like ape that walks on two feet. The name Sasquatch itself means “wild man” and comes from an Indian dialect thought to be from the Coast Salish Indian tribe of British Columbia. The more common name for the creature “Bigfoot” is a journalistic term that was generated by the media and is derived from the large foot prints found around bigfoot sightings.
Bigfoot is usually described as standing between 6 and 15 feet tall and weighing anywhere from 400 to 600 pounds. Bigfoot is covered in brown to reddish tinted hair. The creature is often said to large eyes with a low set forehead and brow ridge. The creature is also commonly reported to have a strong and rather unpleasant smell. There have also been footprints linked to the creature sizing in at 24 inches long and 8 inches wide, hence the nickname ‘bigfoot”.
Sightings and reports of Sasquatch have been around for centuries and have continued to be reported up to present day. More modern sightings of the creature have also offered varying articles for use in trying to document the bigfoot existence such as photo’s , film, plaster cast of footprints, even samples of hair thought to used for DNA testing.
There have also been many plaster casts made of alleged bigfoot prints in area’s around the world. Some of the most well made casts show proof of a ‘push-off mound in mid footprint” and many scientist agree this has value if only for its difficulty in hoaxing because neither fake wood nor rubber faked feet can create this feature. This footprint evidence also offers more interesting facts in the area of comfortable stepping distance for humans which is said to be about half the individual’s standing height or a trace more, reported Sasquatch steps are in excess of three feet which can make the argument that these steps would be difficult to impossible to hoax or create artificially by someone wearing fake feet.
Many eyewitness sightings of the creature have been reported and many of them coming from area’s that are near rivers, lakes, or creeks along with area’s with plentiful rainfall totals and many researchers say this points to a pattern of a living species occupying an ecological niche as opposed to all sightings being hoaxes.
Scientist will continue to debate the existence of the Bigfoot and many still consider it a mix of folklore , myth, and simple misidentifications. Most claim these sightings are simply hoax’s or embellished accounts from eyewitness’s with muddled memories and misinterpretations of what they actually saw. But the Sasquatch has become such a sought after creature that many organizations have been formed to not only research but track and attempt to prove its existence. These groups spend hours upon hours in area’s around the world documenting sightings and evaluating all evidence collected. Through out the years the Sasquatch has become the poster creature of many in the Crypto Zoological field.
Without more physical evidence of Bigfoot, the search continues…