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Newsweek  is now doing some reporting on those people who still believe in the bigfoot.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who is actually a respected anthropologist, except for the bigfoot research, still thinks that science will eventually uncover the bigfoot.  I am glad that someone is interested in using science here, but I hate to tell Dr. Meldrum that most of what we already know shows us that humans are the only apes indigenous to the Americas. We are also the only primates found north of the Valley of Mexico. Gigantopithecus blackii was most likely a knuckle-walker, not a biped. No full skeletons of the beast have been found, and we know it only through fossilized teeth and few jaw fragments. It also may have lived largely on bamboo, which means that it definitely could not have withstood the conditions of Beringia. Humans can live largely on meat for a very long period of time. No other primate can do so.  That’s how we have made it in high latitudes. That some species of giant ape could cross into North America and remain hidden from science for so many years is simply not logical. As many hunters as we have, it is shocking that no one would have shot one.

I’m a bigfoot skeptic. I’m not a cynic. If one were proven to exist, I would be more than thrilled. But the evidence just isn’t out there.

However, Jane Goodall is a believer:

I’m still a skeptic.

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As I posted last week, the Georgia bigfoot was nothing more than a hoax.

Now the fellows behind it admit to it.

Basically, they did as I said they did. They took a costume and covered it in dirt and road kill. Then they got some pig intestines and put them on top of the costume.

So there we have it. No bigfoot in Georgia.

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The DNA evidence presented at the “find of the century” Bigfoot press conference today was quite hilarious. The findings showed that the three samples of DNA were an opossum (Incorrectly called a “possum” here. Possums live in Australia, while opossums live in the Americans), a human, and one that cannot be tested “because of technical problems.”  Meanwhile, a Halloween costume sits in a freezer in Georgia, while the bigfoot hunters presented their evidence in California. I guess if everyone saw the body, they’d know it’s just a Halloween costume covered in mud with some chitlins on top of it.

People wonder why there are bigfoot enthusiasts. I can answer this simply. People like spending time in nature. We will go out of our way to enjoy just a little time in the natural world. At least most of us do, and those who don’t really should give it a chance. That’s why people hunt and fish, but when you tell your wife that you’re going hunting or fishing, she expects that you bring back something. That expectation disappears when you’re a bigfoot researcher. You can spend weekend after weekend in the forest, and no one will expect you to bring back a thing. Plus, we modern humans once coexisted with other apes, even other hominids, such as our close relatives, the neanderthals. We like to believe that somewhere in the remote corners of the world, there exists people or hominids who aren’t like us, who aren’t spoiled by the trappings of civilization.

I would like to believe in bigfoot, but scientific evidence is really lacking. This existence of such a species is unlikely. We know that North America has not had primates other than humans living here (at least in the past couple of million years). Only central and South America have primates. All ape species, except us, live in Africa or Southeast Asia. There are no ape species in Russia or China, although one large species of Ape lived in China. It was a knuckle-walker, not a biped. It was a vegetarian. It could not have survived in the tundra and icy conditions of Beringia, and it certainly could have never made its way into North America.

One species that actually did make it on both sides of the Bering Land Bridge were the two Steppe polecats. The Russian Steppe polecat and black-footed ferret are close relatives that really did cross the land bridge. The black-footed ferret evolved to live in prairie dog towns, but when the lands opened up for settlement, the prairie dogs were shot, trapped, and poisoned. The grasslands became croplands, and the open range became pasture. The ferret was exposed to canine distemper and sylvatic plague. Its numbers were reduced severely. In 1967, the ferret was declared endangered, but in 1974, it was thought to be extinct in the wild. Luckily, a population was discovered in 1981 near Meeteetse, Wyoming. However, this population soon suffered a distempter outbreak, and by 1986, only 18 individuals remained. Those 18 individuals eventually were captured and bred in captivity to save the species. Today, approximately 750 black-footed ferrets remain in the wild. If we’d spend one tiny fraction of the time and money on black-footed ferrets that we spend on supposed giant North American apes, this species would be in an even better position than it is today.

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I mentioned in an earlier post that some Georgia hunters have bigfoot/sasquatch in the freezer. A DNA test has been performed, and the results of all these findings will be released at press conference tomorrow. For people who “believe” in the giant hairy North American ape, this is a moment of truth.  This is the biggest finding for their side since the Patterson Filim of a supposed female sasquatch.

However, even bigfoot “scholars” aren’t so sure that this is the real deal. Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University is very skeptical about the veracity of the “Georgia Gorilla” that now awaits the scientific community in a freezer. For one thing, the results of the DNA examination of the supposed bigfoot have not been released and haven’t even been finished yet.  I would like to know the time line on this supposed creature, because DNA tests cannot be performed overnight (unlike what you see on television).

Here’s an interview with Meldrum.

I  am far more skeptical than Meldrum. My guess is this is an elaborate hoax. For one thing, on the Fox News piece about the creature, a photo of the beast is shown in the freezer. It looks nothing like the Patterson Bigfoot at all. You’d think there would be some similarities there, right?

Cryptozoology is pseudoscience. It has found a few things, but most of the large animal species on the planet have already been catalogued. Smaller species, such as insects and frogs, have not.  I wonder why cryptozoologists haven’t focused in on the smaller species, because this is where the new species are.

Also, studies of molecular evolution suggest that new species exist. For example, there may be as many as six species of giraffe, instead of just one. This is where they should be focused. However, it is more fun to believe in fanciful creatures like the Sasquatch and the Loch Ness monster than to try to understand the true mysteries of the planet and its species.

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