I. Where’s the evidence?
1) Indians called “them” Sasquatch. For centuries people from around the world have called these huge creatures by different names: see list.
2) Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President of the United States recalls a Sasquatch encounter in his 1893 book, The Wilderness Hunter.
1) Hair samples found at sightings are that of an unknown primate.
2) Skookum Cast – a partial body cast obtained in 2000.
3) Increased Reports – the reasons: reporting has been made easier via the Internet and urban sprawl (we are invading more and more forests).
4) World renowned primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall believes there is an unknown primate living in North America. Many scientists now place their reputations on the line, now openly support and conduct bigfoot research, such as Dr. Jeff Meldrum from Idaho State University. In the past a scientist would never admit they believed in bigfoot for fear of ruining their credibility, their university’s reputation, loose funding for research and possible termination.
5) Dermal Ridges found on numerous tracks around the world and throughout time. Formerly of the Conroe Police Department Jimmy Chilcutt, a fingerprint expert witness believes an unknown primate does exist.
6) Footprints – there is a ratio of length to width.
7) Videos (Memorial Day footage; Freeman Footage; Patterson footage)
8) Patterson footage – amazing recent technological findings.
9) Many Credible Reports – police officers, scientists, teachers, etc.
10) Why is there a law in California that you cannot kill a bigfoot, for an animal that supposedly does not exist?
II. Why haven’t we found a body?
A. Nocturnal – travel at night when most people are asleep; possibly using creeks as their sidewalks;
traveling under bridges avoiding roads.
B. Avoid humans (shy, fearful) -- keep migrating to the deepest forests.
C. Population of Sasquatch is very low.
D. Have you been camping, hunting or hiking in the woods? Let me ask you this, have you ever seen a dead raccoon in the woods? Probally not, yet raccoons are abundant. The Sasquatch population is much, much lower than the raccoon population.
E. Highly intelligent – if these creatures are some where on the evolutionary chain between us and chimps, they would indeed be very intelligent.
F. Might bury their dead.
G. A body can decompose in about a month. MonsterQuest showed a time lapse sequence of a deer carcass – scavengers, maggots, leaf cover and acidic forest floor did a nice job in devouring every piece of evidence.
III. Where are the fossils?
A. The fossil record for chimps and apes is extremely sparse, thus likewise for bigfoot. Although some may exist: Gigantopithecus.
B. The forest floor is not conducive to preserving fossils. Only recently, the first ever chimpanzee fossils were found in 2005.
IV. Where do they come from? (possible theories of origin)
A. Gigantopithecus (a 10ft tall great ape who lived as little as 300,000 years ago in Asia). Pangaea, when all the continents were connected, could of allowed Gigantopithecus to migrate to North America from Asia; this is also why Asia has many bigfoot sightings as well – aka, the Yeti or abominable snowman.
B. Or another Hominid.
C. Paranormal. Or, if they emit infrasound as many researchers believe, the infrasound might be perceived as a ghostly sensation.
D. Misidentification (usually with bears, but there is a huge difference)
V. Any other recently discovered animals? (some thought to be extinct)
A. Thousands of new species of animals and plants are discovered every year.
B. Coelacanth – a fish believed to have gone extinct 65-plus million years ago was found alive in 1938.
C. Mountain Gorilla – was first discovered as recent as 1902.
D. Thylacine – the Tasmanian tiger was initially thought to be extinct; unfortunately the last one died in 1936.
E. Colossal Squid –- discovered in 1925.