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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