I do not support the statement that Sasquatches exist. (What is a…
I do not support the statement that Sasquatches exist.
What is a Sasquatch?
Native American Understanding
Indian legends say that the creature is 8 to 9 feet tall.
It has a wide and flat nose
I has very long arms
Definition = it is a Native American term meaning hairy man
Native Americans believed that it was particularly concentrated in the region of Morris Mountain, some 60 miles inland from Vancouver.
Scientists consider the Sasquatch to be a relict hominoid
This term was first used by Boris Porshnev in 1963
relict denotes a species that has survived from an earlier period, or a remnant of a formerly widespread species that persists in an isolated area
Hominoid means human-like, or a Linnaean classification which encompasses humans and great apes, as well as some lesser apes
Most scientists prefer if you use relic hominoid when talking about a Sasquatch.
Sasquatch is an acceptable term
Bigfoot and other colloquial terms are discouraged.
You will not be taken seriously if you use a colloquial term for Sasquatch (Although most scientists do not even take the topic of a Sasquatch seriously)
Northern US and Canadian Identity
Southern US Identity
China and Eastern Asia Identity
Not fully considered to be a Sasquatch, but it seems to be a very close relative.
Is it possible for a Sasquatch to exist?
This is a hominid Species creature that is an extinct analogue of Bigfoot.
These creatures share many of the same qualities of bigfoot such as height and hairy body
If a creature like this once existed, why is it not possible that it could be still alive in a isolated area
Geochronologist, Lack Rink of McMaster University in Ontario found evidence that this creature may have met humans.
He found teeth of the Gigantopithecus in caves in Guizhou china
Each tooth dated back to around 300000 years ago, which may not be the time when homo sapiens were alive but was the time when homo erectus was.
He searched five caves, and in three of them were Giganto teeth, dating back 300000 years, while in one there was teeth of a human dating back to the same time
All five caves were in close proximity to one another, suggesting that the homo erectus had to have come in contact at least once with the Gigantopithecus
This could be the reason why the legend of Bigfoot could have lived on. Proto humans could have seen these creatures and passed down legends in cave drawings.
These were hobbit-like Hominid Species
These creatures were not found until the early 2000s meaning that it is possible that evidence of bigfoot can still be found.
Some scientists believe that homo floresiensis may have even survived into modern times and may still be alive in isolated areas
On Flores, the indigenous population, the Nage, refer to a diminutive hairy hominoid similar to the Homo floresiensis as the ebu gogo
The Flores Natives tell stories of the ebu gogo combing down the mountain side and stealing from the village.
Since hearing the stories of the ebu gogo, geochronologist Bert Roberts also thinks it is possible that Homo floresiensis still stalks the mountain forests of Flores.
If it is possible that creatures like these might still be alive why can Sasquatches not be alive.
Gregory Forth, who has studied the Nage folklore for more than 20 years noted that the ebu gogo may be grounded in some empirical, even hominological reality.
They are believed to have survived into historical times, meaning that they were alive when humans recorded history.
If creatures like these existed during the time of homo sapiens, then why can bigfoot not exist
In Sumatra it is known as an orang pendek
Persistent Multi-species Hypothesis
Definition: This is a theory that accommodates the proposition that lingering populations of relict species could exist alongside Homo Sapiens into the present
Why did/do people not believe in this theory?
It's too extreme
Principle of Competitive Exclusion
Theory states that no two species competing for the same resources can coexist in peace
He tested this theory with Paramecium aurelia and Paramecium caudatum
Separately both Paramecium thrived, however when they were introduced into the same environment, P. caudatum was destroyed by P. aurelia, which was the superior Paramecium.
Gave rise to the Single Species Hypothesis
This theory stated that human evolution was linear
This belief, and the Principle of Competitive Exclusion theory were proven wrong many times .
This theory, and consequently the Principle of Competitive Exclusion theory, were proven wrong when in 1970, two different species of Australopithecus were found coexisting with one another.
Then in 1976 Leakey and Walker found the fossils of multiple Homo species coexisting at once simply because they diverged from one another and changed their necessary resources.
It has been found that only a few thousand years ago, as close to 10 thousand years ago, we have shared our land with homo species.
Neanderthals lived in the Altai Mountains of Russia
Homo heidlbergensis in China
Homo floresiensis in Indonesia.
In 1979, Woodhouse documented a petroglyph from South Africa, of Bushmen fighting weaponless human-like creatures
This shows that it is possible for Bigfoot creatures to live with humans.
This belief stated that only one hominid species could exist at a certain time, and that if another did come along, then one of them would be killed or wiped out by the other.- This is why Sasquatches cannot exist
Made in 1934 by a Russian microbiologist named Georgy Gause.
Why it is unlikely a Sasquatch exists.
Theories have minor flaws that seem very big in most people's eyes, including mine.
Although the theory that the Gigantropicus survived into our time just like the homo floriensis are possible to have done the same, it is impossible for the Gigantropicus to live into our time in such a populated area without being spotted
Homo floriensis is possible to have survived because it lived in a very isolated region of the world, on a remote island.
Non-reliable first person witnessings
Crazy stories like that of the man who was abducted by Bigfoot, or the hunters who met Bigfoot face to face make it hard to take it seriously enough to weigh Bigfoot's existence as a possibility.
Like I said about the videos, most accounts are those of amateurs, or regular people, and they do not hold enough integrity, as do most respected scientists, to make such a bold claim and have people believe them
All the people have the incentive to lie because it could garner them fame or popularity.
Most stories are so outlandish that they are not even close to being realistic or believable.
No hard and indisputable evidence
You can never trust that the hair is real, most, if not all, times the hair is not real.
Jeff Lozier at the University of Alabama found that many of the locations that the sasquatch has been sited are very identical to the haunts of black bears. This means that many people could have mistaken a black bear as a sasquatch.
NM stands for ecological niche models. In 2009, Lozier and a team of scientists worked together to compare the ENMs of Bigfoot and ENMs of the North American black bear.
ENMs are used to predict the geographic ranges of species and predicting changes in in these ranges from climate changes
ENMs basically use sightings of a species, usually by the researcher making the ENM, and finds other locations within the vicinity of the animal that are similar.
The researcher will usually make his or her own predictions as to how far the creature can travel based on her knowledge from studying the creature.
They found that many of the sites of both creatures corollate in the same spots, suggesting that big foot sightings are simply black bear sightings.
In the experiment, putative sightings and auditory detections and footprint spotting of Bigfoot collected from 1944 to 2005 were used to make up and find bigfoot locations.
For the black bear ENM, data where physical specimens were available were chosen so that recorded cases would only be one in which the black bear was not mistaken.
Many of the results were the same as the bigfoot, suggesting that bigfoot sightings were actually mistaken black bears.
It is possible that Sasquatch and U. americanus share very similar bioclimatic requirements, but it is highly unlikely.
Bigfoot sightings are believed to increase in frequency in the north and a higher elevations in the future.
David Coltman at the University of Alberta analyzed tufts of hair said to be belonging to big foot and found that it was the hair of bison
A team led by geneticist Bryan Sykes at the University of Oxford, UK, ran DNA tests on 30 hair samples said to have come from Bigfoot and the Himalayan yeti. Apparently all 30 hair samples were either found to com from a cow, horse or bear.
Although it is hard to replicate the footprints because of the necessary understanding you need to know how to create an authentic looking foot print, it is not impossible
It is insanely possible that the footprints are well designed hoaxes.
All of these footprints said to have been found that resemble eachother may have been found in decades after one another, but they were either found or investigated by the same man.
Most video evidence is hard to prove to be the real thing
It is widely possible that they can be a man in a gorilla suit who knows the walking patterns of ape.
Most videos are taken by amateurs, not scientists, so the same amount of integrity is not able to be given to them.
Why do people believe in the Sasquatch?
As a form of escapism.
The American people are trying to escape consumerism.
Bigfoot was pitched to white working-class men, who had limited education, and who wanted tales of what it meant to be a man and have hard working skill.
After World War II, American society made a switch from having an industrial economy to a service economy.
The change was that of a working man in a factory to catering to the needs of people consuming mass amounts of quanity at shopping malls
Bigfoot was a call back to masculinity, a way for men to honor the days in which nature and hard work were valued.
The working-class entertainments where Bigfoot appeared presented themselves as standing against cultural trends, giving due honor to skill and courage and character.
It was believed that men were made soft because of the lack of time they spent with their fathers, which in the end made them vulnerable to consumerism, which was fixed by embracing bigfoot.
Bigfoot was the embodiment of the green man, a representation of nature and wisdom.
In Ecotopia Bigfoot guarded the small paradise from the grasp of consumerism.
Many books suggested that Bigfoot was this type of man, like Iron John and Bigfoot Stole My Wife. Even Star Wars was like this.
In the 1970s and the 1980s, Bigfoot was marketed to the middle class by being published in respected newspapers and boo companies
What the middle-class and the working-class shared in common was both needed something in which to critique and resist mass culture and consumerism
Middle-class did not have much of a problem with accepting consumerism, they had more of a problem of how to live with it.
Bigfoot became a form of escape for middle class Americans who were tired of the fake and plastic society they lived in.
Middle class Americans took up an obsession with big foot due to big foot's campiness, in which the public mocked but also adored Bigfoot.
Bigfoot offered middle-class Americans the possibility of a tack sort of transcendence, a way to take part in consume culture without being part of it.
Eastern Asia is trying to escape consumerism as well.
Much of China is experiencing Westernization which led to making it a more and more consumerist society
In order to escape that consumerism, China has begun to embrace the yeti and the yerun
China now is beginning to reflect America in all its chain stores and its freedom of public speech (for the most part)
Women are trying to find feminism again.
Women were driven to the sasquatch because of their need to find feminism again after it had been lost in the modern century's consumerism
Many women embrace the Sasquatch because it shows inner beauty rather than on the outside.
Many people have taken to drawing Bigfoot in provocative ways, to show that masculinity can just be as feminine as feminism is.
Women had lost the idea of feminism because once they were allowed into the workplace they thought that there was no need for it anymore.
They want to.
A long time ago, ancient tribes and civilizations used legends and myths to explain the natural wonders of the world, however now we use scientific tools to figure the actual reason for phenomenon.
Due to our understanding of the natural phenomenon, I believe that many of us have become bored with simply knowing the truth and want there to be a bit of mystery in our lives.
We might still hold on because there is a part of us that yearns for adventure, magic, and mystery.
3 out of 10 Americans believe Bigfoot is real.
People do not think that it is so crazy to believe in Bigfoot, or at least to want to believe, since there are so many out there like themselves.
It is very easy to get fooled.
In 2012, a fake documentary about mermaids on Animal Planet, convinced so many people that mermaids are real that the US government had to make an official statement saying that no evidence has ever been found that "aquatic humanoids exist.
It's much easier to prove that something definitely exists than to prove that something definitely does not. And that shred of possibility - however remote - fires up our imaginations and hopes.
Some hard to explain evidence
Detail of footrpints
Sasquatch footprints are not merely enlarged human feet, but rather flexible ape-like feet.
There is a large flexion and rotation at the midtarsal joint on the sasquatch, and when waling on the ground it becomes a midtarsal break, which shows that the creature lives in a mountainous terrain.
The elevation in the heel, while flexed at the midfoot, concentrates pressure beneath the forefoot.
All the precise breaks in the foot and the clearcut mix between the apelike qualities of feet and human like qualities of feet make it hard for these foot prints to just be a hoax.
Some one who has studied ape feet and human feet would be the only ones who could copy this, but they would need lots of money and time.
Recurrence of same style footprints
The best-documented footprint and evidence for a sasquatch is the Patterson-Gimlin film, filmed in Bluff Creek, California, in 1967. It shows the Anthropoidipes ameriborealis, or the North American ape foot.
The bigfoot foot print found in California showed a trace of a dynamic flat, flexible, bipedal foot resulting in a midfoot pressure ridge. This same footprint style was found in 1996 in Walla Walla, Washington.
Ichnotaxonomy is a Linnaean system of classifying tracks of animals and species unknown or extinct.
In 1995 a sasquatch was found in China's Shennongjia Nature Reserve by Yuan Yuhao, who claimed to see a yeren resting on the slope of a mountain.
He called out to the creature, who stared at him and walked away. He tracked the exact location of the creature, and found a footprint of it resting on the river bank.
This foot print was quite similar to the ones found in America.
All three of these examples shown had been found decades after one another. The foot print found in California was not fully published until 1999, the one in Washington was not published until 1996 and the one in China was not published until 1995
wo footprints both found in Walla Walla were compared to one another. Instead of aligning them by the axis of the join, they were aligned by the toes. What was found that the feet were the same, but they were only moved/spread in different angles showing that the creature was flexible.
Although I wish nothing more than for the Sasquatch to exist, it is hard to say it does. The unreliable evidence and witnesses, mixed with the improbability of the Sasquatch being hidden for so long makes it nearly impossible to side with the theories that Sasquatches exist to this day. I do believe that it is possible for a Sasquatch to exist, and some of the evidence provided makes me have my doubts that I am wrong on my stance, but it is just too improbable and there is too little evidence to agree with the affirmative evidence.
History of the Sasquatch
Over a thousand sightings have been reported over the past 150 years, with most of them being in the northwest.
In 1924, Albert Ostman, said that he was kidnapped by a Bigfoot near Toba Inlet in British Columbia. He said he was held captive by the bigfoot and his family of four for several days, until he gave the father of the family snuff, which caused the creature to go into a coughing fit.
Stories like these make it hard to believe in Bigfoot or take his study seriously.
You have all the sightings listed in the recurrence of the similar foot prints
Walta Walta, Washington
Bluff Creek, California
Shennongjia Nature Reserve, China
Beginning of Sasquatch
In modern USA
Bigfoot first entered American culture in the late 1950s when Jerry Crew reported finding large footprints around his bulldozer, in Norther California.
His legend was made famous when in 1967, he was first recorded by by patterson and Gimlin in Bluff Creek, California.
In pioneer days
As early as 1851, a local newspaper in Greene County, Arkansas, reported that two hunters had seen a herd of cattle being chased by an animal being the unmistakable likeness of humanity.
This wild man was of gigantic stature and, after watching the hunters for a while, turned and ran away, leaping 12 to 14 feet at a time, and leaving footprints 13 inches long.
Native Americans were first to use term Sasquatch, which means hairy man.
Native Americans believed that the creature was eight to nin feet tall and had very long arms.
Some caves in Morris Mountain have showed signs of people living in them, but it is unsure if they were homed by long dead Indians or Bigfoot.
This is the home of where Bigfoot is believed to be, but this evidence is so weak that it does not deserve much mention.