To most people the subject of Bigfoot is instantly dismissed and filed in the category of nonsense, hogwash and hokum – alongside ghosts, werewolves, vampires and fairies. People who believe in such myths are often met with mocking or derision.
But more than any other mythical creature in the world of ‘Cryptozoology’ there does seem to be at least some credible, tangible evidence for Bigfoot. Even in 2016 the question of its existence just won’t go away. Let’s take a look at some reasons that may just breathe life into the legend.
Science has discovered evidence that a massive relic ape roamed our earth between 1 million to 100 000 years ago. Gigantopithecus is estimated to have stood up to 11 feet tall and weighed a staggering 1000lb. Sound familiar? Although there is not enough evidence to conclude that Bigfoot is a direct ancestor of Gigantopithecus, the fact an ape of gargantuan proportions survived successfully for so long supports the notion of Bigfoot’s existence as a realistic possibility within the realms of biological physiology and evolution.
9. Bigfoot Has International Cousins
‘Yeti’ in the Himalayas of Nepal. ‘Yeren’ in China. ‘Almaste’ in Russia. ‘Yowie’ in Australia. Creatures similar in description to Bigfoot have been reported in every corner of the world. Almost every indigenous culture has a Bipedal Hominid of some sort woven into their folklore, which begs the question – does this show that there is something ingrained within the human psyche that makes all cultures create fictional monsters? Or, does the fact that so many indigenous cultures across the world report beings so similar in description point to something that has its origins in reality?
Perhaps the most promising example is The Orang-Pendek – or ‘Littlefoot’ – that reportedly inhabits the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Field researchers are almost certain that proof of this hobbit-like creature that walks on two legs will be forthcoming in the near future. Proof of a living bi-pedal ape like animal in the world today would make claims of Bigfoot’s existence seem less outlandish.
8. Hoaxes are in the Minority of Recorded Evidence
One of the main contentions toward the Bigfoot issue is the prevalence of hoaxers. It is undeniable that there have been tricksters, frauds and con-artists who have gone to incredible lengths to try and dupe the public. Ray Wallace – the man whose reports helped coin the term ‘Bigfoot’ – was perhaps one of the most famous. When he died his family produced giant wooden feet that they claimed Wallace used to create the giant footprints that scared his workforce; the pranks snowballed into the Bigfoot phenomenon we know today.
But although hoaxes are a problem, Bigfoot experts researchers insist that they make up a remarkably small percentage of reports recorded. For every set of faked footprints there are numbers of credible ones, often found in such remote locations that it would seem highly unlikely a hoaxer would go to such trouble. For every bogus sighting there are numbers of sightings from honest, credible witnesses.