In 1974, a species of hominin was discovered in Ethiopia. Australopithecines are considered to be an intermediate species between apes and human, as both Australopithecines and humans share enough biological similarities to be classified as hominine. Fossils indicate that these fascinating creatures existed during the Miocene and Pliocene periods, after the split from our common ape ancestors to humans. In recent years, paleoanthropists have uncovered more than 300 individual remains of these creatures who lived between 3.85 and 2.95 million years ago in Eastern Africa. This would mean that the species had survived for more than 900,000 years (4X as long as homo-sapiens have been around). This unique creature matured very fast after birth, resulting in less upbringing than modern humans. Its face and brain resembled more of an ape, while its body resembled a human in that the creature was bipedal. They adapted to both the ground and tree dwelling, which may clue into why their species survived so long. If such a species could survive for 900,000 years, then perhaps this evidence can be key in explaining why Bigfoot could still be roaming forests today. Australopithecus demonstrates that no matter how intelligent or civilized a species may be, adaptation is necessary to avoid extinction. This evidence would raise a point that Bigfoot, may have the adaptation skills and intelligence necessary to thrive. Many early humans were almost as intelligent as the modern human, especially Neanderthals who were civilized hunters and gatherers. Could Bigfoot be one of them? There are over 20 species of human that existed before, and along with us. Such species include Ardipithecus kadabba, Ardipithecus ramidus, Australopithecus africanus, Australopithecus anamensis, Australopithecus garhi, Australopithecus sediba, Homo erectus, Homo floresiensis, Homo habilis, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo sapiens, Kenyanthropus platyops, Orrorin tugenensis, Paranthropus aethiopicus, Paranthropus boisei, Paranthropus robustus, Sahelanthropus tchadensis. These 20 species of human all had varied physical appearances, skillsets and characteristics. Some were more primitive, others were intelligent hunters. If Bigfoot does exist, could its species be one on this list that has evolved over time? Or perhaps a species of human, not yet discovered? If Bigfoot had evolved thousands of years ago before Homo sapiens, the question remains as to how they are still around today. Could it be that they have a fantastic ability to adapt to the ever-changing world around them, similar to Australopithecines? If remains of a Bigfoot are discovered, history could be rewritten. A species so primitive, surviving undetected for thousands of years would have to have a degree of intelligence in order to do so. Bigfoot is often thrown into the category of a giant ape. However, Bigfoot is bipedal, indicating its huge biological leap from the apes we came from. A bipedal ape may be considered a hominid, and hominids are closer to humans than one may imagine. Perhaps, Bigfoot may even be smarter than humans. What do you think? Leave an anonymous comment below!
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