evidence of early humans living underground provides clues for bigfoot's elusiveness
Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, is known to be a large, bipedal creature that roams the forests of North America and Canada. Thousands of sightings and hundreds of credible footprints have been enough evidence to raise public interest. However, there is one piece of evidence that still remains missing: a body. Perhaps the most important question that has surfaced among the Bigfoot community is why we don’t find them sleeping, eating, or socializing. Another question one may ask is why we don’t see them more often. The answer may lie in their living space. In a number of sightings, Bigfoots have been said to dwell in caves. One may argue that caves are not abundant enough to support an entire population of creatures. However, many underground metropolises existed thousands of years ago, supporting civilizations of over 20,000 individuals. Nature-made caves may be the wrong place to look. Perhaps, if Bigfoot is half-man, we should be on the search for something man-made.
The Cappadocians of Turkey were a civilization from the Byzantine era that constructed a system of underground corridors that stretch 1.5 miles wide and run 371 feet deep within a mountainside. Within these dwellings, the Cappadocians kept livestock, supplies, and roughly 20,000 individuals. Although this civilization is among the largest underground cities, Cappadocia has a record of subterranean communities. In fact, there are over 200 underground civilizations that exist in this region of Turkey. Derinkuyu, is an 18-story underground city that also housed over 20,000 people. Over 1,000 years have passed since these corridors have been occupied, however their discovery can lead to clues about Bigfoot’s wareabouts. In order to determine if Bigfoots have the ability to construct such intricate tunnel systems, we must look to past accounts of their behavior. In order to recognize credible behavior, we must first turn to a credible piece of evidence.
Bigfoot DNA evidence is far and few between, and most specimens are inconclusive or only suggestive. However, a story of an ape-woman named Zana seems to support the existence of the creature we’ve all been seeing for thousands of years: Bigfoot. Zana was a mysterious woman discovered in 1850 in the Ochamchir region of Georgia, Russia by local hunters. Zana’s appearance was extremely unusual and uncharacteristic of modern human. Her body was massive at 6’6”, she was covered in hair, and was slightly different in anatomy than the humans of the time. After being captured from the dense forest, she was brought to an isolated mountain village called T'khina, fifty miles from Sukhumi Russia. She became extremely violent, and exercised non-human strength and speed. These characteristics seem to reflect the many eye-witness reports of Bigfoot. Zana would outrun horses and effortlessly climb trees. Zana’s incredible strength, unmatchable speed, and physical appearance is exactly what witnesses report in North American Bigfoot sightings. Although science isn’t entirely sure what Bigfoot is, Zana’s existence may point to the answer, and this answer clues us in to Bigfoot’s behavior.
Zana was determined to be a relic hominin. During her time in the village, Zana conceived children from two men in the community. Her youngest son, Khwit’s tooth along with the saliva of several of Zana’s living descendants were submitted to Oxford professor Bryan Sykes for DNA examination. The skull of (CLICK "READ MORE" TO CONTINUE)
Zana’s son was also submitted, and appeared extremely peculiar, exhibiting characteristics of both modern and ancient human. Zana’s son and descendants were determined to have ancient Sub-Saharan African DNA, which is not present in modern humans. This points to the fact that Zana was not a Homo Sapien, but rather part of a relic population of human that had left Africa some 100,000 years prior to settle in the Russian Caucuses Mountains. The most important piece of Zana’s story lies with her instinctual behavior when it came to turning down for sleep. Although she was mostly kept in a cage, Zana quickly dug herself a deep hole to sleep in each day. This behavior seems to point to an instinct that ancient humans in general may possess. If Bigfoot is indeed a form of relic hominin (early human), then the story of Zana digging a deep hole, and the underground civilizations made by our own kind in Turkey may support the possibility of Bigfoots creating subterranean environments.
The discovery of Zana is extremely important in understanding Bigfoot behavior. Zana was human, but she wasn’t a homo Sapien like ourselves. She represents 1 of over 20 species of human that once existed, and perhaps migrated along with our own kind. Bigfoot seems to exhibit behavior that parallels Zana’s. Zana’s incredible strength, unmatchable speed, and physical appearance is exactly what witnesses report in North American Bigfoot sightings. If these species share such similar characteristics, then Bigfoot would surely be capable of digging a nest similar to Zana’s. If digging is a natural instinct that these relic species have, then the possibility of Bigfoots forming underground civilizations is not farfetched at all. These creatures are human, and share many characteristics with our own species. If Homo Sapiens existing thousands of years ago have been capable of building intricate underground cities, then perhaps an adapted relic species could do the same. After examining the evidence and behavior of both Zana and reported Bigfoots, the pieces begin to form together. Bigfoot encounters typically happen at dawn or dusk, which would lead one to believe that these creatures are nocturnal. However, where are they during the day? Surely, a creature of their size would be clearly visible if sleeping on the ground in daylight. Many skeptics raise the argument that if Bigfoots existed, we would see more of them than we do. However, perhaps, we must shift our attention from the dense forest floor to what may lie beneath it. Perhaps the lack of Bigfoot remains and few daylight sightings can be explained by a hidden civilization. Could these creatures be more intelligent than we predict? Perhaps Bigfoot is a species of relic human, that dwell in a metropolis, similar to the underground Turkish communities; communities filled with culture, religion, and language. This may explain how they have remained virtually undetected for thousands of years. The answer to Bigfoot’s existence and origin has led to a worldwide search, however the answer might lie just beneath our own feet.
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