49 years ago the patterson-gimlin film of a bigfoot was shot in bluff creek, northern california. it is considered today to be the best digital evidence we have of the creature.
On October 20, 1967, a 16mm film was taken at Bluff Creek, northern California by Roger Patterson accompanied by his good friend Bob Gimlin. When Patterson heard about sightings of an unknown “monster” in California, he took a trip in 1964 to investigate; little did he know he would be returning with a 17-inch cast of a track (Meaning a footprint). Three years later, he found himself in the same location after word of fresh tracks. This time he would come home with the most credible evidence in the history of Sasquatch reports. Riding horseback through Bluff Creek, Patterson and Gimlin were on a hot pursuit for a Sasquatch, intrigued by the recent local reports. While in search, the two horses were suddenly spooked by a large hairy figure walking sixty feet to their left. With the creature in view, Roger Patterson grabbed his camera from the saddlebag, and ran towards the figure filming its determined strides (Meldrum, 134). The figure in the film pivots at the waist while swinging its arms widely. It takes a look back at the camera and keeps walking wearily. The figure shows a layer of short black hair and seems to be heavily muscled. The most intriguing observation of the “creature” is its large breasts however the clarity and duration of the film is what makes it the most credible evidence today. After the film of the Sasquatch was taken, the two men casted footprints where the creature had been walking. The evidence collected seemed to have been enough to convince just about anyone, however there are many skeptics on the matter.
The Patterson-Gimlin film of the Sasquatch is extremely controversial. The footprints casted by Patterson after the film was taken have received critiques by Primatologist John Napier who noticed inconsistencies in the height and length of strides taken by the subject. John Green, who produced a recreation of the film, predicted the creature to be much smaller than Patterson had claimed, setting up another inconsistency. Contrary to Green and Napier’s observations, Bob Titmus’ study proved that such footprints made in the ground had to be of a 600 pound creature. Critics believe the creature to be a human in a costume, because of the shiny hair covering the creature as well as the large feet it possesses. Upon closer examination of the footage you will notice the creature’s foot lift up, accompanied by five clearly defined toes. You will also observe a muscle structure within the thighs and buttocks, eliminating the possibility of a gorilla costume. The most incredible feature is the creature’s large breasts as it turns towards the camera. Gimlin estimates the creature to be about six and a half feet tall (Meldrum 140). Aside from many critics, the film is proven to be credible by Grover Krantz. Krantz demonstrated that when a human walks, they must lock their knees. The creature in the film does not lock its knees, which would have had to have been nearly impossible for a human hoaxer. Scientists have examined the film frame by frame only to discover that the way the subject distributes its weight as well as turns its neck is extremely uncommon for a human. (Coleman 83).The credibility of the footage is not easily decided by science; however there are no holes in the evidence and background story or anatomical evidence. The two men couldn’t have been seeking attention; Bob Gimlin declined almost all interviews offered to him. What the men seemed to be seeking was simply an undiscovered creature. Dr. Ian McTaggert-Cowen, a leading zoologist says, “The more a thing deviates from the known, the better the proof of its existence must be.”
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Meldrum, Jeff. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. New York: Forge, 2006. Print.
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