WHAT IS BIGFOOT?
Bigfoot is a large, bipedal animal that has been seen on every continent in the world for thousands of years. While their existence was turned into a joke in the 60's, small populations of this creature exist around the globe. The name "Bigfoot" was coined in the late 50's by a journalist in CA to describe the large tracks being found on logging roads. The name stuck, & now represents this species. The origins of Bigfoot are widely debated, however, evidence shows close ties to humans and other great apes! Illustration curtesy of @Mohr.art
WHAT MAKES BIGFOOT DIFFERENT?
There is a 21 degree difference between Bigfoot’s stride and a human’s, which is often the line that draws the two apart. When a human walks, they lift their foot 52 degrees off of the ground, whereas a Bigfoot lifts theirs 73 degrees. Such an anatomical difference is why the Patterson-Gimlin film has been proven not to be a hoax. In the most credible photography and videography evidence of the creature walking, it represents the same image: a back leg that bends at an extremely abnormal angle, not possible for modern human anatomy to recreate. Such anatomy can be supported in the way the creature steps.
After close examination of hundreds of credible footprints, scientists have been clued in to why the creature walks the way it does. A human has a longitudinal arch, which means the entire foot is incorporated into the lever which propels it off of the ground, and weight is pushed to the ball of the foot. The bending happens on the toes, providing traction. In a foot with mid-foot flexibility, like the subject in the film, the weight is not concentrated on the ball of the foot, but rather the midfoot. A Mid-tarsal break causes weight to transfer from rear to forefront and is most commonly present in apes.
Dr.Jeff Meldrum and Dr. Henner Fahrenbach examined unknown hair samples to determine their origin. Dr. Meldrum explains that in non-primate mammals, hair is grouped into 3 types including longer, coarser hairs, a finer undercoat, and whiskers.
Out of all the hair types, the coarse hair layer is what yields the most evidence. In order to identify a species, scientists observe overlapping scales, which can be different in color and thickness, diameter of the hair, cross-sectional shape, and length of the hair shaft. Human hair grows differently and longer than other species, therefore showing its own characteristics such as a cut end and distinctive follicle structure. After Fahrenbach gathered nearly a dozen samples that were not linked to any known animal, the two scientists began studying their similarities.
Their findings were interesting in that two of the samples had the same structural characteristics, making them the same species, however their hair color & hair length varied, as it does in Homo sapiens as well. Although the samples were ultimately inconclusive, they did point to the probability of an unknown hominin species, with origin that resembles both humans and other great apes.
Throughout the past few years, I have done extensive research on this species, camped remotely, met with witnesses & surveyed possible habitat.
Within the next few years, I plan to expand my travels, collecting information about this undiscovered species.
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