reply to post by verylowfrequency
The previous post seemed more factual, re the OP and science, rather than belief. The problem with cryptozoology (IMO) is that too much of it is based
on assumption and belief and therefore isn't taken as seriously as it could be. This isn't helped when so called scientists claim a creature whose
entire existence is anecdotal/speculative to begin with, is in fact another creature that disappeared from the fossil record 300k years ago, yet just
happened to morph into something suspiciously resembling a man in an ape costume/ modern Bigfoot and magically show up in an entirely different
While anything is possible, whether it is very likely is another thing. The problems with this scenario from an evolutionary/ biological point of view
would not only be difficult to explain, it is also so completely speculative and unlikely to be true based on anything resembling facts, that it
cannot even be considered pseudo science. Yet it is “firmly believed” by many “serious researchers”.
It is true my time in the American wilderness has been limited by the fact I don't live in the US.
Though US residents tend to forget this is indeed
a worldwide phenomena and that some areas have a far longer history of similar claims. Such as Orang pendek which does sound more plausible when we
consider descriptions, in view of the creatures that are known and extant in the area. Also the fossil record in the region, with notably the archaic
Homo Erectus - “Java man” and the recently extinct (in evolutionary terms) “Hobbit” being found on islands nearby, seeming to offer far more
It is ok to site a particular area of wilderness as a suitable secluded habitat, yet I can see where that would be more problematic when you consider
that sightings have been made in every mainland US state, have a look at BFRO “credible” reports in the link. Gorilla's couldn't manage to hide in
the remote equatorial African wilderness in the 1800's (people simply went out, shot specimens and brought them back), yet Bigfoot, who has often been
observed near civilisation, crossing roads, in people's back yards etc, has managed to evade genuine mainstream detection in every US state, for its
entire colonised history.............? I don't think so.
The interest I have in this subject stems largely from a direct experience. Though I will never ask anyone to believe, largely because it is something
I don't understand myself. If bigfoot seems unlikely, similar reports in this country seem even more so due to what is known as the “Wallace Line”
that prevented large creatures making the short trip from the islands of south east Asia, until modern humans arrived.
I can see where it will be a puzzle until the end of my days. I know this subject is largely nonsense through having quietly spent a lot of time in
certain areas steeped in claims and urban myth, day and night, armed with no more than a torch or camera. For this reason I am unlikely to take many
of the normal vague shape or bump in the night type of claims, or generally accepted hairy man “facts”, too seriously.
There are some things that I can't find explanation for, however. It occurred to me one day while looking around an indigenous occupation site,
marvelling at fact that it has been occupied for the last 22k years. Perhaps the worlds oldest continuous culture (at least 40k - 60k years, depending
who you ask) would have some answers. Though often reinterpreted by researchers to suit their agenda, it appears these creatures (in this area at
least) were regarded as something supernatural.
This would be an easy explanation if I were given to belief in the supernatural. Especially considering the supernatural element in many sightings. At
least they realised they were not dealing with something real, in the normal sense of the word. Yeti, Yeren, Yowie, Almaste, Nguoi rung, Orang pendek,
Bigfoot, Sasquatch etc etc seem to follow a certain pattern. Most notably nothing has ever turned up to show they physically exist in the sense of a
normal biological creature. The common thread is not so much an unknown creature as it is people, who are known to be a complicated species.
seems more likely that this is where the answers will be. I find it more realistic to say that it is a worldwide cultural phenomena that isn't really
understood at this stage.
Though I don't claim I must be right. Nothing much about this subject makes much sense to begin with.
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