Proof that Bigfoot Exists?
Bigfoot Remains one of the More Famous and Controversial Examples of a Cryptid

Proof that Bigfoot Exists?
Bigfoot Remains one of the More Famous and Controversial Examples of a Cryptid

Yeti, Sasquatch, Bigfoot. It is known by many different names, but does this creature exist? There are those who have said they have seen Bigfoot.

Some suggest Neanderthal, Homo erectus, or Homo heidelbergensis to be the creature, but no remains of any of those species have been found in the Americas. Do such animals exist to this day?


Bigfoot - Man or Beast?

Bigfoot documentary featuring cryptozoologist Peter Byrne.

In Search Of...Bigfoot

This episode investigates the Native American Legend of Bigfoot or "Sasquatch" as the Native Americans call it. A large, hairy beast, resembling a man.

Scientists and Cryptozoologist discuss the possibility that this creature may inhabit the thousands of square miles of uninhabited timberland in the American Northwest.

The legend of Bigfoot dates back may centuries and sightings have been reported continuously since before the white man came to this region of America and they continue today.

Archival footage of a suspected Bigfoot is shown and discussed with both witnesses and scientists evaluating the film.

Bigfoot is a very large, hairy, human-like creature purported to inhabit the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Bigfoot is described in reports as a large hairy ape-like creature, ranging between 6–10 feet (2–3 m) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.

Alleged witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla.

Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who claim to have encountered it. The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (60 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide.

Most of the scientific community discounts the existence of Bigfoot, as there is little or no evidence supporting the survival of such a large, prehistoric ape-like creature.

The evidence that does exist points more towards a hoax or delusion than to sightings of a genuine creature.

A small minority of accredited researchers such as Jane Goodall and Jeffrey Meldrum have expressed interest and possible belief in the creature with Meldrum expressing the opinion that evidence collected of alleged Bigfoot encounters warrants further evaluation and testing.

Nevertheless, Bigfoot remains one of the more famous and controversial examples of a cryptid within cryptozoology and an enduring legend.

In a 1996 USA Today article titled "Bigfoot Merely Amuses Most Scientists", Washington State zoologist John Crane says, "There is no such thing as Bigfoot. No data other than material that's clearly been fabricated has ever been presented."

In addition to the lack of evidence, scientists cite the fact that Bigfoot is alleged to live in regions unusual for a large, nonhuman primate, i.e., temperate latitudes in the northern hemisphere; all recognized nonhuman apes are found in the tropics of Africa and Asia.

Thus, as with other proposed megafauna cryptids, climate and food supply issues would make such a creature's survival in reported habitats unlikely.

Furthermore, great apes are not found in the fossil record in the Americas, and no Bigfoot remains have ever been found.

Indeed, scientists insist that the breeding population of such an animal would be so large that it would account for many more purported sightings than currently occur, making the existence of such an animal an almost certain impossibility.

A few scientists have offered varying degrees of support for Bigfoot study and beliefs.

Jeffrey Meldrum characterizes the search for Sasquatch as "a valid scientific endeavor" and says that the fossil remains of an ancient giant ape called Gigantopithecus could turn out to be ancestors of today’s commonly known Bigfoot.

John Napier asserts that the scientific community's attitude towards Bigfoot stems primarily from insufficient evidence.

Anthropologist David Daegling echoed this idea, citing a "remarkably limited amount of Sasquatch data that are amenable to scientific scrutiny."

Field biologist George Shaller has spoken in favor of greater study of Bigfoot evidence while still expressing skepticism towards the possibility of its existence.

Similarly, Napier has argued that some "soft evidence" is compelling enough that he advises against "dismissing its reality out of hand."

Other scientists who have expressed guarded interest in Sasquatch reports include Russell Mittermeier, Daris Swindler, and Esteban Sarmiento.

Jane Goodall, in a September 27th, 2002 interview on National Public Radio's "Science Friday", expressed her ideas about the existence of Bigfoot.

First stating "I'm sure they exist", she later went on to say, chuckling, "Well, I'm a romantic, so I always wanted them to exist", and finally: "You know, why isn't there a body? I can't answer that, and maybe they don't exist, but I want them to."

Anthropologist Carleton S. Coon, whose theories on the evolution of race in humans have been largely discredited, expressed support for Bigfoot's existence in a posthumously published essay.

While most casts have five toes—like all known apes—some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six. Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have five toes and claws. Proponents have also claimed that Bigfoot is omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.

Bigfoot is a fascinating puzzle shielded by myth and disbelief. No other maybe-beast has succeeded in leaving behind so many tracks, brief appearances, or other signs of existence.

To this day, Bigfoot openly defies all best known efforts to be sufficiently explained away. The eventual solving of Bigfoot's widely purported reality would mean the certain demise of one of the world's last remaining great mysteries. No animal should be killed just to prove it is alive. There are peaceful ways to affirm the existence of any unbelieved or shunned as impossible creature.

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