For those of you who think I have an academic reputation to protect let me inform you that you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve never been one to believe in protecting reputations as I’ve always considered real science as the goal, not reputation. And as most of you well know my thinking is that true science follows the evidence WHEREVER it leads while false science only follows the evidence if such evidence can be crammed into someones nice little pet theory. That said, in this post I’m going to talk about Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch et al) and some other anomalies.
When I was in the 3rd grade I lived for a time with my father in Flagstaff, Arizona. We lived in a housing division and behind that section was a large open and grassy field dotted with several pine trees of various sizes. The empty field ran up towards the mountains north of Flagstaff and wild animals used to come down in the field from the mountains. As a kid we saw many deer, elk, coyotes, and even a few bears and mountain lions in that field at times. Sadly, that field is gone today as it’s been taken over by mans industry (read profit making mega-stores).
One late afternoon around sunset some other boys and I were playing out in that field. It came time for us to all go home before it got dark so we began heading back to the housing section. We had to cross a dry ditch to get home and as we crossed that ditch and came up on the other side (it was a wide ditch) there was something sitting on a little path that ran alongside the ditch. It was covered with black hair. We were only about 3 feet away from it as it was sitting trying to hide in some bushes but we saw it clearly. It scared the living daylights out of us! Yet, all it was doing was sitting there in the bush with its head down. It never raised its head to look at us so I never saw its face but it had the body of a monkey (a chimpanzee or gorilla to be exact).
We all took off running and got into the backyard of one of my playmates and once we did that we stopped and turned around and looked at what we had just had a close encounter with. The boys dad had heard us screaming for our lives so he was out in the backyard by the time we arrived there. We were telling him about the “monkey” in the bushes by the ditch when suddenly we saw a creature walking upright but slightly hunched over and all covered in black hair or fur. We watched the creature walk on two legs all the way back near the mountain and into the forest and one of those witnesses was my playmates father! I think we were all in shock including the father at the sight of this creature. Odd thing was that after that day none of the parents in the neighborhood would let us kids play in the field anymore!
I was in the 3rd grade back then and life went on. We moved and over the years I grew
up and finished school and went to college. But, I’ve never forgotten that day nor have I ever forgotten other encounters I have had with the creature some call “Bigfoot.” This is when I began to develop an interest in Bigfoot. At the time I did not know what it was but one thing I did know and still know today is that the black “monkey” hiding in the bush that day was no bear! By the third grade I’d seen enough bears in the wild to easily identify them as such.
Over the decades I came to realize what that “monkey” really was that day and I came to study and read everything I could about Bigfoot over the years. In my spare time I even began researching the creature on my own and have done so off and on for several decades now. One thing I DO know is that there is NO DOUBT in my mind that Bigfoot is REAL!! I’m not sure what it is but I’m trying to find out and no one is ever going to convince me that it is not real as I’ve seen it with my own eyes on more than one occasion in various places!
Time went on and my interest in Bigfoot continued to grow off and on. While in college and in my senior year in my undergrad program I had a discussion with one of my professors about Bigfoot and wild apes possibly being in the Americas. During the course of our conversation another professor joined in and then another and before I knew it we had a full scale conversation going on with academics! I thought it was fantastic and I thought they were really interested in what I was talking about (ie: bigfoot). But my perceptions were WRONG!
Towards the end of our little “academic” talk about Bigfoot I toyed out loud with the idea of maybe trying to get some research money from the university to research Sasquatch. That’s when the true motives of the academics came to light and that was when the straw broke the camels back and I figured out rather quickly I was the camel. Suddenly, the entire tone of the conversation turned as these academics began to snicker and outright laugh at me! I felt about 3 inches high in that office that day rather suddenly. It was then that I realized that they’d been mocking and snickering at me the whole time during our discussion. They never were taking me seriously! They were playing me, egging me on, and getting their jollies off on me! YES when it was over I felt like an absolute fool but it didn’t stop there. Suddenly, I was the student who believed in Bigfoot and was “whacked out” because of that belief. When I’d pass one of these professors in the hallway it was them no longer saying “hello” and using my name. Instead it was “hello bigfoot” followed by a laugh and snickers from fellow students who heard the exchange. Oh yes, I gained a reputation that day! One born of mockery and ridicule from academia itself!!
So I became known by the nickname “bigfoot” in that university and I knew well that it was a title of ridicule. I used to get pretty depressed over it as I tried to unload the nickname and reputation during my attendance there but I never could do so and the nickname stuck with me all the way through college. I tried my best to be a “good little doobie” and follow the academic “party line” to the best of my ability but I never did get rid of that bigfoot stigma! Yes I tried to play the academic game but it was too late as they had already stigmatized me and labelled me for a belief I held that they did not hold and were not willing to hold or even consider. And time moved on as did I……
That’s when I concluded reputations are not even worth “protecting” and, besides, I pretty much figured after that that my reputation wasn’t going to change as once people get something stuck in their mind about you they SELDOM ever change their mind about you no matter what you do or don’t do! It was a harsh lesson I learned that day in college with all those professors and I’ve never forgotten how they played me that day as the “court jester.” I hope they got a really good laugh out of it. Oh wait, I KNOW they did because they laughed right in my face!!
After that day I NEVER spoke of Bigfoot ever again to any of my professors or colleagues. Whenever I’d hear anyone talking about it or other “strange things” I’d clam up or just walk away. A few times I even sneared broadly! I wasn’t about to be a part of yet another conversation about Bigfoot in the halls of academia!! Yes, I learned my lesson well.
Despite this it did NOT quench my thirst nor interest in Bigfoot. I simply put my interest and knowledge about Bigfoot “underground.” I continued to read and study about the creature, I continued to see if I could see and observe it on my many hikes into the wilds, but I never discussed what I saw, believed, or found about Bigfoot to anyone in academia or my field. I just kept it all to myself for fear of being mocked, laughed at, and played as the “court jester” once again. That is….until now!!!!
A person ages and comes to see live differently than when they were younger. He comes to value things that he did not value in the past and he comes to no longer value some things he’s always valued in the past. Other things begin to take priority and become important to him while things he once thought important and as priorities no longer matter. Life moves on and one changes. What one cared about in the past, once sometimes comes to no longer care about but replaces those things with new things to care about. And that is where I am today. I no longer care about academic reputation, fame, power, money, or glory! I never had any of them in the past and sure as hell don’t expect any of them now!
So now let’s talk about Bigfoot!!
After all my own incognito research and study of this elusive and RARE creature I have to honestly say today that although I know it is real and it exists I do NOT know for sure just what this creature is! But, I am still wanting to know and, thus, carry on my research….incognito and “off the grid” but of course LOL.
Having studied primates for many years now I can honestly say that there is a LOT of behavior exhibited by bigfoot that is the SAME or similar behavior one sees in gorillas and chimpanzees. The wood knocking, tree shaking, woops, screams, hollers, nest building, etc are very similar or the same behaviors observed in the great apes. Casts from bigfoot researchers taken when the creature has been observed walking on all fours show this creature has thumbs further back on the hand than humans beings. In fact, the thumbs on bigfoot are pretty close to the position they are on what we see on gorilla and chimp hands. One thing that gets me is this. A chimps feet are similar to its hands as are a gorillas but that is not so with bigfoot. Bigfoot has ape hands but it doesn’t have ape feet. In fact, bigfoot has feet like modern humans only much larger! If bigfoot had feet like chimps and gorillas I’d say for sure that it was an ape but it doesn’t so I can’t say that for certain. So what is this creature?
A popular theory is that bigfoot is some offshoot or surviving species of Gigantopithecus blacki which is an extinct prehistoric giant ape that stood about 10 feet tall and whose fossil remains (teeth and jawbones) have been found in China. But, no one has ever found fossil remains or anything else from Giganto in the Americas! Thus, we have no evidence at all that Giganto somehow made its way across the Bering Land Bridge long ago and began to dwell in the Americas. But, the lack of observable evidence doesn’t necessarily rule something impossible either.
Another theory about bigfoot is that it is some surviving member of the ancient human ancestor known as Homo heidelbergensis or, simply, “Heidelberg Man.” Fossil remains from this early human ancestor have been found in South Africa, Europe, and across Asia. At present it is believed that Heidelberg Man was the common ancestor or modern humans (Homo sapiens), the Neanderthals, and the Denisovans. But, of course, we all know that theory is subject to change at any time as EVERYTHING in anthropology is always PROVISIONAL.
Some fossil skeletons of Heidelberg Man indicate the South African variety stood around 7 feet tall or more! The average height for this ancient human ancestor found in Asia and Europe indicate these varieties only stood about 6 feet tall. So why was the South African version of Heidelberg Man so much taller?
When artists depict ancient human ancestors with pictures and drawings they are guessing as to how much hair covered or didn’t cover their bodies. When it comes to Heidelberg Man the species is NOT an exception. We don’t know if their bodies were covered in hair or weren’t! If this species of ancient human ancestor were covered in thick body hair then it would and could look very much like what we are calling Bigfoot today. And that is what some people and researchers think. That bigfoot is a population of surviving Heidelberg Man! However, bigfoot just isn’t found in the Americas. It’s found all over the world from the Almasty of Russia to the Yeti of Tibet and Nepal, to the Yowie of Australia, and on and on. This “bigfoot” is a GLOBAL creature not a localized one.
According to mainstream paleoanthropological theory there are NO surviving ancient human ancestors today and we, Homo sapiens, are the only surviving species of humans on the planet now. And this claim is made in spite of the FACT that the paleontological record CLEARLY shows that the NORM has been for SEVERAL species of ancient human ancestor to COEXIST and the same time for some time!! IF modern humans are the only surviving species of humans on the planet today then it truly is the EXCEPTION!! It flies in the face of the historical and anthropological norm! But, hey, whatever….right?????????
So far we have two theories. One is that bigfoot is some type of ape or surviving descendant of Giganto and the other is that it is a surviving population of H. heidelbergensis. These are the two most popular theories but there are others. One other is that bigfoot is neither Giganto or Heidelberg Man but that it is some undiscovered new ape species OR some unknown species of human that might even well be the legendary “missing link” between apes and humans. Is it any of these things? Or is bigfoot something that stands on its own being neither fully ape or fully human but being something we’ve never seen before? Frankly, I don’t know!
So bigfoot continues to be an anomaly. And even though academia has had MORE than enough opportunity and funds to launch a MAJOR expedition to find and identify this creature that has NOT happened and, I have news for you…..It IS NOT going to happen because discovering bigfoot to be a living ancient human ancestor would throw everything we THINK we know about human evolution into utter CHAOS! Just think how many scientists evolutionary work would be ruined and suddenly flushed down the toilet. Just think of the thought that so much money has been wasted on research of human evolution. Just think how the pinnacles of evolutionary theory might fall one by one rather suddenly, GOD FORBID!! Just THINK……………….!!!!
And, really, that is what this post is about. That is, to motivate YOU to THINK and to STOP simply buying the “party line” of academia blindly! Isn’t education suppose to be about questioning and learning? Isn’t it suppose to be about investigating the unexpected and unknown? Isn’t real education suppose to be about moving into the unknown and uncovering new things? Or is it simply suppose to be about maintaining the status quo with no adventure and no real discovery especially those discoveries which might directly threaten accepted current theory? You tell me!
For the past 40 years I’ve researched bigfoot and other anomalies on my own and incognito, but of course, so I’m no amateur to such research. When it comes to bigfoot I have seen them on more than one occasion and have had several opportunities to observe them from a distance. I do NOT attempt to get closer to them as, frankly, that might be a bit dangerous IMO. FACT is bigfoot is a wild creature and wild creatures are sometimes unpredictable. Primates can sometimes become very aggressive and very violent unexpectedly. In fact, they can become deadly although rarely when it comes to humans. It may be highly foolish to draw close to a bigfoot.
All this said let me put an end to this rant. Oh but wait…what about the other anomalies eluded to by the title of this post? Well, frankly, this post has worn me out so you’re going to have to wait for future posts about those other anomalies I’ve came across in my explorations. In fact, you may have to wait until I return from Pumapunku in a few months as I’m going there to do some research. Somehow I just DON’T buy the idea that I’m suppose to believe those finely carved ruins and stones were accomplished via ancient tool kits that consisted of stone and bone tools! Ah, but more about that later on.
I’ve observed recently some bigfoot researchers doing some very unusual things when it comes to collecting “evidence of bigfoot.” I’ve observed some researchers collecting what is reported to be bigfoot hair and scat with their uncovered hands and, thus, contaminating the samples. Any DNA analysis of these samples will, of course, come out containing human DNA NOT because the creature may or may not be human but because the sample collector contaminated the evidence during collection with their own human DNA. Such practices are UN-scientific and highly UN-ethical in my opinion and when the DNA results on these samples do come out I, for one, will NOT believe them as they were contaminated samples! Further, I’ve observed some researchers taking pics and/or videos of alleged bigfoots when it is CLEAR that what they are capturing is not bigfoot at all but TREE STUMPS! Some have captured pics and vids of living or dead bears and pawned them off as bigfoot even though we all know bigfoot does NOT have claws! All PRIMATES HAVE NAILS NOT CLAWS and as near as we can tell bigfoot has nails which makes them PRIMATES! So what am I saying here? Sadly, the bigfoot “research field” seems to be overflowing with wannabes and outright hoaxsters! Is it any wonder people don’t want to look at the ligit evidence and believe in it for themselves? Not really! HOWEVER, there are a FEW (and I mean a very FEW) bigfoot researchers who are doing things RIGHTLY and professionally and ethically and it is those researchers that I pay attention to because they are making some significant discoveries IMO. It is these researchers that will one day give the world bigfoot in living color with proof positive that no one will be able to deny I believe. The proof will NOT come from academia!! It will come from the honest and professional Cryptozoologist who spends all of his or her time in the field looking for the creature instead of locked away in some office at some desk. And, frankly, it will be a welcome breath of fresh air when that day comes as the smell is getting rather musky in here right now!! In fact, it is now a stinch!!