What do Bigfoot, Yeti, and Yaks have in common? No, I’m not talking the hairy 4 legged oxen when it come to “Yaks.” The answer is that they are all the same thing…or so it is thought. Here’s what I’m talking about…..
I’ve been reading “The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man” by Dr Susan Martinez who is an author and anthropologist. I’m a bit over half-way finished with the book. Martinez presents some interesting hypotheses and although I do not agree with all that she postulates some of it makes pretty good sense. Her criticisms of the present state of paleontology are pretty much valid as the whole field does seem to be a popularity contest with a new boy/girl star coming forth almost daily. Additionally, I agree with her when it comes to her criticisms regarding current dating techniques and, frankly, I’ve never believed in human remains of our ancient ancestors being millions, billions, zillions years old. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in the “Young Earth Theory” either but I think some of the dates we come up with via dating sediments surrounding the remains are a bit farfetched.
Dr Martinez’s basic premise is that when it comes to human evolution there is no such thing. Rather, there were several species of proto-humans that came into being and basically they interbred and produced hybrids, proto-humans of mixed subspecies which she calls “races.” For example, Martinez claims that Ardipithecus ramidus interbred with a pygmy species similar to Homo floresiensis and produced Australopithecus which she says was the real first man (human). These hybrid offspring, in turn, interbred with Homo erectus, which she calls the Druks, producing a subspecies of proto-human she calls “Ihuan” (Cro-Magnon man). The interbreeding was very common and intertwined in her estimation leading up to modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens. So basically we H. sapiens today are hybrids with an admixture of most of the earlier proto-human subspecies. In other words we really are Mutt People!
During the course of some of these interbreedings and hybrid productions the Druks (H. erectus) retrobred (back bred) with Ardipithecus ramidus who was mostly still an ape-like creature and the resulting hybrid offspring of this union is what she calls the “Yaks.” So what are the Yaks?
Martinez postulates that the Yaks were animalistic being about 80% ape and 20% human. A true “ape-man.” They tended to be tall and have long arms extending down to or below the knees. They were bipedal but also walked on all fours at times. They were covered with hair and had a human-like face. These creatures were “wild men” who dwelt in the wild for the most part living in pits they dug out in the earth and caves. They were very strong and could break bones of their prey with one swipe of their muscular arms. They would sometimes even break the spinal columns of their prey to kill them instantly. They made strange sounds although they did not have language and the sounds they made were wide ranging. They were meat-eaters mostly but also ate roots and various nuts and insects. According to Martinez, these creatures were used to construct the pyramid at Cholula in Mexico and other megalithic structures around the world as they were very strong and could lift large amounts of weight including large stone blocks. She postulates that some of these Yaks were used by other races (proto-human subspecies) as slaves while others were used as gladiators to entertain in arenas in much the same way the ancient Romans used gladiators to entertain the crowds.
Apparently, these Yaks were widespread around the world and from what I gather Martinez thinks that what we call Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch today are the offspring of these ancient Yaks. So, Yaks, Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch are all the same creatures although with perhaps some slight variations in their morphology due to the climate they live in. She also says that these Yaks were violent, strong, and often deadly when encountered.
When I read this I began to compare what we know about Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch to what Martinez was postulating about these ancient Yaks and the descriptions along with the behavior of the Yaks is IDENTICAL to what has been attributed to Bigfoot et al. Could it be possible that the offspring of these ancient Yaks are still around today yet very elusive and very wary of humans?
I think we are beyond the question of whether or not Bigfoot exists or not. There is plenty of physical evidence (tracks, hair, scat, photos, video, eyewitness encounters) to strongly suggest this creature is indeed very real. I strongly suspect the creature is real and after reading what Dr Martinez says about the Yaks I’m pretty sure they are all one in the same.
In connection to this I was reminded of Dr Jeff Meldrum an anthropologist from the University of Idaho who researches Bigfoot and believes the creature is a species of modern-day Gigantopithecus, a prehistoric giant ape. I’m also reminded of the DNA study carried out by Dr Melba Ketchum, a veterinarian, who concluded that Bigfoot comes from “a human mother and unknown hominid father.” And now there is Dr Martinez saying Bigfoot is about 80% ape and 20% human in its DNA makeup. Basically, all three of these scientists are saying the SAME thing! That is, that Bigfoot is mostly ape mixed with some human DNA. A true APE-MAN!!
Dr Martinez goes on to assert in her book that the Denisovans, Dmanisis, and Zinj that we find in the fossil record are, in fact, Yaks! When it comes to the Denisovans we know they interbreed with Neanderthals in Siberia and possibly Spain but we also know they interbred with some unknown species as well and at this point we do not know who or what this unknown hominid was. Zinj is short for Zinjanthropus boisei which most paleontologists today call Paranthropus boisei. Basically, they were very robust (large) australopithicines. Sometimes this species is called the “Nutcracker Man” due to big and fat cheek teeth and the thickness of enamel on the teeth. P. boisei was a contemporary of Australopithecus africanus. Paranthropus is considered a side branch on the evolutionary tree sharing a common ancestors with humans just as the Australopithecines and Ardipithecus species do. Dmanisi Man found is Russian Georgia is believed to have been of the H. erectus species. We find wide variation among Dmanisis skulls even though they were all found at the same place and from the same time. They are a bit of an enigma.
So were Denisovans, Dmanisis, and Zinj, Yaks? Creatures that were primarily ape-like the result of admixture with human DNA long, long ago? Anything is possible especially when it comes to humans or proto-humans and SEX! Let’s face it. Humans (including all of our ancient ancestors) are SEXUAL CREATURES. We like sex! It is HIGHLY likely that at least some of our ancient human ancestors had sex with other species of proto-humans retrobreeding (back-breeding) and having offspring perhaps never intended to be. Our DNA is 98% the same as chimpanzees and about 94% the same as apes so the idea of interbreeding is not farfetched at all but, in fact, VERY possible. In fact, the famous scientist Carl Sagan even postulated that “occasional viable crosses between humans and chimpanzees may be possible.”
Is this retrobreeding and mixing between ancient species of proto-humans the reason we find anomalies in the human fossil record? We find archaic (primitive) remains mixed with more modern looking remains (Anatomically Modern) in the same places from the same time frames more often than thought or admitted to, frankly. It’s as if some human ancestors were evolving while others were de-evolving at the same time and in the same places! Dr Martinez’s Hybrid Hypothesis could explain these anomalies.
So the question then becomes…Have we found Bigfoot in the fossil record, unknowingly in the form of Paranthropus, Dmanisis, and/or the Denisovans? I’m not so sure about the Dmanisis or Denisovans but Paranthropus could be highly possible. In terms of morphology when I compare Paranthropus skulls to photos of Bigfoot they do look very similar in their skull morphology! I’ll be posting more about this later.
Yaks! Could Dr Martinez possibly be right? Frankly, I think she may be although I don’t agree with all that she suggests her “Hybrid Hypothesis” answers many of the anomalies we find in the human fossil record as I stated earlier. It explains why we find individuals together with one appearing to be evolving and the other appearing to be de-evolving. It’s not the result of evolution or de-evolution but of RETROBREEDING and HYBRIDIZATION!! And, IF ancient human history was one of hybridization and not one of evolution then that changes everything we THINK we know about how Homo sapiens came to be who and what we are today. In my mind that is FASCINATING and worthy of more investigation!
As I continue to read Dr Martinez’s book I’ll be posting more about what she theorizes and my opinions. When it comes to this matter of Yaks, Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch being one in the same I tend to agree with her. I think we HAVE found Bigfoot in the fossil record and we are calling it Paranthropus boisei and possibly the Dmanisis and Denisovans too. Stay tuned……………