Sasquatch footprints and film have actually proven the creature real, but science wants a body
For thousands of years, Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, has been a legend. However, recently, researchers have come up with the solid evidence that may just prove the creature's existance. Sasquatch footprints have been hoaxed time and time again, however under close examination, scientists are able to distinguish fact from fiction. In credible footprints, anatomy is extremely evident. A pair of tracks cast in Boksburg, Washington are just that. One of the footprints appears as a much larger version of the average human foot, however its partner does not appear so normal looking. Under close examination, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University, made a compelling observation. A set of bulges on the left side of the left footprint indicate a clear injury, possibly resulting from a spinal injury, or a crushing accident. Such an injury has caused the soft tissue of the foot to form in bulges, and displace the toes. The bulges are located more distally on the footprint than a human’s would be, as humans have a shorter calcaneus. The position of the bulges on the Sasquatch footprint indicate the creature’s long calcaneus, which exits in creatures with massive weight and whom need greater leverage while walking. A hoaxer would have to have a vast knowledge of such pathology in order to conceive the idea to create such a deformed footprint.
Other credible footprints demonstrate mid-foot flexibility, not present in humans. Such anatomy distinguishes hoaxes from actual footprints, and is the reason why publicity seekers are proven liars very quickly. A man by the name of Ray Wallace, a construction company owner in Bluff Creek, California, claimed that he and his family constructed faux footprint boards to wear around the woods, creating all of the famous footprints found in the Western United States. Such hard wooden feet were exposed to the public by Wallace, and at first view are extremely non-anatomical. Despite the news media grabbing up the story, independent scientists knew the truth. Bill Miller, researcher and Historian, compared the pictures of the Wallace carvings with photos of actual footprints. The difference between the carvings and the actual footprints is very much evident. Such crude carvings could not have possibly made the many variations of the anatomical prints found all over the Western U.S.
Aside from self-proclaimed footprint hoaxers, the Patterson-Gimlin film was said to be a hoax itself. Many individuals provided confessions of being the man in the suit, however, their stories clearly did not add up. Bob Hironimus claimed to have joined forces with Philip Morris, a famous costume designer, to hoax the film. The only problem was that they both told completely different stories from each other, each providing contradicting details. So, if the Patterson-Gimlin film was proven not to be a hoax, how can scientists prove it an actual animal? In the film, the creature walks swiftly across the creek, something a hoaxer would have trouble doing without stumbling. However, the most provoking evidence is the way the creature walks. As the creature takes a step, its foot becomes vertical to the ground. When humans walk, our feet do not lift higher than a few inches. 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 Midtarsal break causes weight to transfer from rear to forefront and is most commonly present in apes.
In credible prints, the toes and mid-foot sink in deeper than the heel, due to such anatomy. No evident arch has been found present in tracks, which points to the way weight is distributed in a heavier animal. Because of longer toes and shorter legs, Sasquatch has a greater stepping gauge, causing its leg and foot to be parallel with the ground when lifting for a step. Humans only lift our feet a few inches with each step, as we are conditioned by sidewalks and flat ground. Sasquatch’s typical habitat is uneven, thick brush, causing their steps to become higher. Such high steps can be observed in the Patterson-Gimlin film. National Geographic not only touched upon this anatomy, but used photogrammetry and optic measuring to determine the size of the subject in the film. The animal was determined to be 7’, 6.5” high, ruling out the possibility of a human in a suit. The Patterson-Gimlin film alone seems to prove the existence of Sasquatch, however evidence has been arising for years.
In the mid 1930’s a jawbone was found in a cave in China, and was examined by an Anthropologist who determined it to be ape-like in nature. The mysterious thing about the jawbone was that it was spread to sit on a spine, meaning that the creature was bipedal. They determined the creature to have been about 8’ tall. Teeth were also found within the jawbone, and since then, 4 more jawbones have been found between Vietnam, India and China. The latest bone has been dated back to 100,000 years ago. Although such evidence was found halfway across the world, China and the U.S. were once connected during Pangea, pointing to the possibility of migration of the creatures to the U.S. Sasquatch has been seen mostly roaming the vast habitat of the Pacific Northwestern United States, as well as many other areas and even other countries. The United States military has even acknowledged these creatures in their 1975 records including survival maps for air force personnel and army corps’ descriptions of the creature in the Washington environmental atlas of 1975. Evidence has been accumulating for hundreds of years, but recent technology has allowed researchers to thoroughly explore current evidence. Scientists and media claim that the only proof of existence would be a body. Researchers and believers argue. If the Patterson-Gimilin film has been proved credible, thousands of anatomical footprints have been found, and sightings by region correlate with a specific habitat, then the creature is sure to exist. The questions that remain: What is it? How smart is it? How dangerous is it?
The Unwonted Sasquatch. Dir. Darcy Weir. Indie Rights, n.d. Web.