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Bigfoot

May 28, 2015

The Claims:

Bigfoot is one of several extremely large ape-like creatures periodically reported to have been sighted at different locations around the world and going by a variety of names such as “Sasquatch”, “Yeti” and ”The Abominable Snowman”.

The name “Bigfoot” is typically used in reference to sightings in northern California. Reports vary widely in their description of Bigfoot, though most describe a bipedal humanoid creature, 2-3m in height and covered in dark brown fur. The creature’s big feet (from which it gets its name) range greatly in size in purported footprints, with some more than 50cm long.

 

The Evidence:

The chief evidence for the existence of Bigfoot consists of several hundred recorded sightings, many purported footprints, and scattered photographic evidence. The name “Bigfoot”, and the beginnings of the Bigfoot legend, date to footprints found in California in 1958. Most famous is the Patterson-Gimlin film from 1967, depicting a one-minute encounter with a “Bigfoot”. Proponents argue that the number of sightings and footprint casts rules out the possibility of a hoax.

The scientific community overwhelmingly rejects the claims of an uncatalogued hominid living in North America. Most reported sightings can easily be explained as misidentification of bears or other wildlife.  An adult bear on its hind legs has approximately the same dimensions as the reported “ape”, and most sightings occur in a common bear habitat. In addition, the diversity of shapes, sizes, and other features of the claimed Bigfoot footprints shows that the data is likely a result of multiple hoaxes and misidentifications rather than the existence of any single species.  In addition, the large number of such animals that would be necessary to constitute a breeding population would make it difficult for them to so effectively hide from researchers.

The most famous pieces of evidence for Bigfoot are almost certainly fabrications. The 1958 footprints were revealed in 2002 to have been a hoax perpetrated by an individual named Ray Wallace. His family came forward after his death with the carved wooden feet he used to make the footprints. In addition, Bob Heironimus admitted to have worn an ape-suit for the making of the Patterson-Gimlin film. Despite these admissions, Bigfoot advocates remain set in their beliefs, pointing to inconsistencies in the confessors’ stories, and claiming the confessions are the true hoax.

Conclusion:

The evidence for Bigfoot is, at best, ambiguous. If there really was such a creature living in North America, the evidence for it would undoubtedly be overwhelming. No (unfaked) Bigfoot body has ever been found, nor any evidence of Bigfoot families, bones, excrement, or other material artifacts. Purported fur samples are indistinguishable from human hair or the fur of common animals – confirmed by DNA testing. And, even in this age of ubiquitous digital cameras and video recorders, no reliable photographic evidence has ever been provided.

The evidence in favour of Bigfoot can be readily explained by skeptics; the failure to find more evidence is far harder for advocates to explain.

Links:

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Entry on Bigfoot

“Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest” Nickell, Joe.

Wikipedia Page on Bigfoot

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2015 11:17 AM

    I attended the talk that Jarret Ruminski gave at the CFIC office in the spring of 2015 (from the video) and it was great to be with other skeptics! I hope CFIC does more talks on crypto-zoology!

  2. tiimesplicer permalink
    January 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    jesus christ, that was the dumbest thing i have ever read, im pretty sure gorilla’s have pale skin and so Orangutan. just becuase i have brown hair doesnt mean i have brown skin. and i dont think africa and north america were connected anytime near the time of humans. ever.

  3. September 24, 2011 8:53 PM

    There are people who do not believe that Bigfoot is real. I believe that Bigfoot is real because I know what Bigfoot really is. Here is what Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin filmed on October 20 1967 at Bluff Creek, California.

    Several thousand years ago there were thousands of slaves that were building two cities. They ran off around the world and started their own countries. When these slaves ran off there was a large group of men and boys that took off and ended up in Africa.

    Some of them were giants as tall as 9 ft. or even taller. The giant named Goliath that David killed with his slingshot was 9 ft. tall. Some of these men and boys went exploring to Borneo and used ropes to catch female orangutans.

    The men and boys that stayed in Africa used ropes to catch female gorillas. They had sex with them and eventually created the Africans. When scientists found the bones in Africa they thought we evolved naturally from a female chimpanzee.

    But it wasn’t a natural evolution it was a man made evolution. That’s where all the Bigfoot and Orangutan creatures come from. They are half man and half gorilla and half man and half orangutan. They use to call the Indians the red man.

    The orangutan has reddish hair. When those men bred out the hair the Indian’s skin remained red. The gorilla has black hair and skin. When those men bred out the hair the African’s skin remained black. Some of the Indians and Africans are tall and some of the Bigfoot and Orangutan creatures are tall.

    They are tall because some of the men that created hem were tall. Some scientists believe that we evolved naturally from a female chimpanzee. Have you ever seen an 8 ft. tall chimpanzee? I haven’t either. Bigfoot
    came up through Africa and into the United States at the top of Africa
    when they were connected by land.

    The Orangutan creatures came up through Central America and into the united States like the Indians did later on. These creatures were able to travel around the world to other countries because some of the land
    was connected at the time.

  4. December 30, 2010 6:06 PM

    Many would say belief in Allah and Christ is delusional … there is actually more reason to believe in big foot. A large ape in not that much of a stretch.
    – quoted from mike_70 at http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/2364311

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