The Patterson-Gimlin film has proved to be credible by computer technology, which raises many questions. If the subject in the film is in fact, real, what is it? And how did it get to the Pacific Northwest? Variations of the North American Sasquatch creature have been discovered in India, Russia, and China. All three creatures are believed to have descended from a large primate called Gigantopithecus that existed 300,000 years ago in Southwest China, the same time that Stone Age humans existed. Jack Rink, a specialist in fossil dating believes that there was a large amount of interaction between the two. Today, Asia and North America are separated by the Pacific Ocean however over the years, a temporary land bridge has formed on several occasions between Siberia and Alaska as sea levels have changed, making it possible for a giant ape to have migrated to North America. Many researchers believe that the creatures throughout Asia and North America descend back to Gigantopithecus... but scientists are recently researching the possibility that Sasquatch may not be a primate at all, but a species of primitive human.
A large number of sightings of a Neanderthal human species have come about in Asia in the Caucuses Mountains, South of Russia. In 1925 a report by a group of Russian soldiers told about a Neanderthal that they described as covered in hair, with a flat nose and sunken eye sockets. Scientists named this creature Homo-Floresciensus. In addition to these sightings, fossils found in Southeast Asia of a different primitive species date to 10,000 years ago. Both creatures are extremely close to modern human. More reports of a human subspecies have surfaced in 2010, when a finger bone was found and analyzed on the borders of Russia and Cagistian, the same region where the 1925 sighting occurred. Scientists are calling it the “X Woman” or Homo-Denis ova, which lead experts to believe that remnants of multiple species of humans could be living today. The most intriguing evidence of prehistoric human discovered to have existed, is Homo-Heidlebergensis, a large boned prehistoric species of human that has recently been estimated to have existed only 12,000 years ago. This would mean that this particular species existed in Asia the same time that the first modern humans were migrating to America. Could it be possible that it migrated with them? Homo-Heidlebergensis has been concluded to possess large, thick bones which would have to be surrounded by larger muscle structure. This description would easily back up the sightings of the North American Sasquatch, believed to have been running at speeds up to 30mph, as well as reports from Native American tribes of large rock-throwing men that match the description of Homo-heidelbergensis. And if Sasquatch is a form of primitive human, it could possibly maintain human rituals such as burying its dead. That would explain the lack of remains. It is theorized that due to competition, this species may have resorted to a cryptic behavior in order to avoid modern human. This may be the norm for such a species; however curiosity may have gotten the best of some individuals who have been reported by Native American tribes to have mated with human women. The offspring produced was said to have lived a very short amount of time, and had a hard time adapting to the Native American culture. This may seem far-fetched, however if Sasquatch is indeed, Homo-Heidlebergensis, it wouldn’t be impossible to produce offspring with a human. Recent genetic research suggests that early modern human mated successfully with Neanderthals; In fact many humans today carry Neanderthal genes (National Geographic Animals) .The real question still remains. Is Sasquatch a subspecies of human, or a species of Primate?
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