A research study published back in June of 2015 provides some interesting information about how Bigfoot may kill its prey. The research was conducted and published by Aaron Mills, Gerald Mills, and M.N. Townsend who discovered three bone piles and track evidence within a 17 mile radius of Mount St. Helen’s in Washington state. Also found were kill sites, animal skull remains, and animal vertebrae remains. What is interesting is scavengers seem to have avoided these sites which suggests the predator(s) may have been close to the areas.
Skulls of elk and deer showed their snouts broken by blunt force trauma and the spinal columns broken also by blunt force trauma. The predator must have been a very large creature in order to do this. No evidence was found of any clubs or weapons used to kill the deer and elk but that’s not unusual as the predator(s) likely reuse their weapons on other kills. In the case of bigfoot I’d say the weapon was likely a very large, heavy branch or rock.
What is interesting is the apparent way in which the elk and deer were killed at these kill sites. It is clear that the predator is an “ambush hunter.” It also appears that the predator first snapped the snout of the animal likely to hinder its breathing if it ran off so it could be easily followed. I think the predator then used the weapon to crack the spinal column into two or more pieces resulting in the death of the prey.
The researchers in this study don’t claim the predator(s) are Bigfoot but suggest that it is some very robust hominin dwelling in the region. I think they wanted to avoid the hype surrounding “Bigfoot” as well as the lunacy commonly associated with it. The bones also show teeth marks (incisors and pre-incisors) which are significant and which are unlike any known predators in the region. The teeth marks on the bones are similar to human teeth marks only larger.
Overall I think the research carried out by these individuals is pretty good! They followed the scientific method, did some great documentation and measurements, and took samples which they then studied. Their beginning hypothesis was that a large predator was responsible for the kills and after their analysis they concluded the predator is unknown and very large.
This scientific study give us some insight into how Bigfoot might bring down its prey using ambush techniques and large rocks or branches as weapons. This suggests to me that Bigfoot or the unknown predator is human or at least some form of hybrid human. Some have reported witnessing Bigfoot using its powerful arms to break the spies and/or snouts of deer. That may work for killing deer but elk are more stout and robust than deer. Elk, in fact, are very powerful animals themselves as are bears and moose. I would say in order to kill this large type of prey Bigfoot would need to use some sort of weapon such as a large rock or branch.
This is exactly the kind of scientific research that needs to be conducted regarding Bigfoot. I know these creatures exist because I’ve seen them myself. I think they are rare, however, and I think most Bigfoot sightings are indeed misidentification or outright fabrication!
Turning to another subject regarding Bigfoot here I want to say a few things about scientific classification for this unknown hominin.
Names like Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch, Alma, etc are common names for this unknown hominin. Of course there are many others too numerous to list in this posting. Various scientific names have been proposed for this unknown hominid. Researcher and author Grover Krantz addressed this issue in his book “Big Footprints” (Boulder, Johnson, 1992; pgs 193-196). Krantz believes if he is right about his theories of what Bigfoot is and is not and what we find in the fossil record then no knew scientific name is needed! Since 1986 Krantz has postulated that Bigfoot is actually Gigantopithecus blacki, a supposed extinct giant primate whose fossil teeth have been found in China. Krantz believes Gigantopithecus blacki also existed in North America as well as Asia and perhaps elsewhere. Krantz is supported in his theory by anthropologist Dr Jeff Meldrum of the University of Idaho ans his own research as Meldrum also believes Bigfoot is Gigantopithecus blacki. That said, I must also note that both Krantz and Meldrum postulate that Bigfoot is more specifically a different species or variant of Gigantopithecus blacki. Krantz has labeled it “Gigantopithecus canadensis.” Krantz has pointed out that the term “canadenis” is a “commonly used zoological name for species that are native to North America.” As examples he points to the scientific name for the elk which is “Cervus canadenis” and the name “Ovis canadenis” for the North American bighorn sheep. Many researchers believe whatever the scientific name for Bigfoot eventually is used it must include the name “canadenis” to identify it as being native to North America.
If it turns out that Bigfoot is an entirely new genus then Krantz and others suggest use of the name “Gigantanthropus” which is also another name for Gigantopithecus. Back in 1945 researcher Franz Weidenreich proposed using this name for Gigantopithecus but the name never caught on so basically it is still available.
Krantz also has considered other names for the North American Bigfoot IF it turns out to be an ancient human ancestor species or subspecies. He has suggested in this event that Bigfoot be named “Australopithecus robustus” or if the hominid is a new species of the genus then “Australopithecus canadensis.”
Some researchers think Bigfoot is more akin to Paranthropus and perhaps a more befitting name would be something along the lines of “Paranthropus robustus” as suggested in 1971 by Gordon Strasenburgh. He also suggested that Bigfoot in the US Pacific Northwest be named “Paranthropus eldurrelli.” I might also suggest something like “Paranthropus canadensis” to identify the hominid as being native to North America.
One thing to keep in mind is that the name “Bigfoot” and the other common names used are basically generic catch-alls. I say this because there are SEVERAL different kinds (species) of Bigfoot. Some are more apelike while others are more human-like and some even appear to resemble Neanderthals complete with red hair as many researchers have noted including the late Mitch Waite in Arizona whose work I highly respected. The Florida “Skunk Ape” is believed NOT to be Bigfoot, for example, but some form of wild ape native to the region. Also, Greenland researchers (anthropologists) have identified Bigfoot-like hominids as “Homo gardarensis” believing they are ancient human ancestors as noted by Mark Hall in his writing entitled “Wonders” from March of 1995. IF Bigfoot turns out to be of the Homo genus this “Homo gardarensis” would be a very appropriate name.
Australopithecus as evidenced in the fossil record was generally small averaging a weight of around 92 lbs and height of almost 5 ft. Paranthropus robustus only stood about 4 ft tall and weighed about 119 lbs. Paranthropus boisei stood about 4 1/2 ft tall and weighed about 108 lbs. Paranthropus is considered an ancient human ancestor although a dead end. As for Gigantopithecus this giant ape had an average height of around 8-10 ft and weight of about 1100 lbs. Generally, it is believe that Giganto was a “Knuckle Walker” but a few researchers believe this giant ape may have also been bipedal. When it comes to Bigfoot this hominid is reported to be very large with height reaching an average of 8 ft tall and an average estimated weight of 800-1000 lbs. Further, although some witnesses have claimed and as some footprint casts have proven this hominid sometimes engages in knuckle walking but most of the time is a bipedal walker.
The nearest “fit” for Bigfoot based on evidence thus far seems to be in the Gigantopithecus genus as both average around 8-10 ft tall and weigh around 1000 lbs. In terms of this view I’d say the most appropriate scientific name for this hominin would be “Gigantopithecus canadensis.” If it turns out that Bigfoot is actually a species of Australopithecus then I think the most appropriate name would be “Australopithecus canadensis.” If it turns out to be a species of Paranthropus then “Paranthropus canadensis” would be most appropriate in my opinion. And, finally, IF Bigfoot turns out to be of the genus “homo” then I would hold that the most appropriate name be “Homo gardarensis.”
So what do I think Bigfoot actually is?
I see a lot of behavior in Bigfoot that is human-like but I also see a lot of ape-like behavior. In considering this we must keep in mind that Bigfoot is a primate as are humans and apes. Several researchers believe Bigfoot is human or at least is part human (homo). Native Americans believe that these primates are “people” and regard them as a tribe of humans a bit different from ourselves. Honestly, I remain undecided about what Bigfoot is. I doubt it is a species of Australopithecus (an ancient human ancestor) and, frankly, Gigantopithecus is based on evidence from teeth and we don’t have a skeleton or skull so we don’t really know how big it was. But, if estimates are correct about Gigantopithecus then I’d have to say Bigfoot comes the closest to fitting in with Gigantopithecus. However, I can also see how Bigfoot might be a species of Paranthropus which may not have been a dead-end after all. So at this point I’d have to say in my mind the Pacific Northwest variant of Bigfoot is likely:
But, again, keeping in mind that there appear to be several species or variants of what we are calling “Bigfoot.” I’ll post more about this in my upcoming post analyzing some of the morphology of “Bigfoot.”
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Sorry to edit your post Rob but below I’ve posted a few pics for your consideration. The first are blow ups of the pics you posted and the second is a blow up from the Patterson film showing the face enlarged.
I’ll comment on these below.