Jan 192018
 

If you love bigfoots like I love bigfoots, you are always looking for things to do that might help them in some small way.  Even at this point in time, before discovery, there are many things we can do to help our hairy cousins in the woods.  Some are political, some are monetary, but most are simpler than that.  

Before I get specific…  In general, as a bigfooter, anything you do should be done in a professional manner.  That involves being a positive force, whether that is in person or online.  Being negative, whether it’s trolling online, talking crap about other people, making statements that bully others, or any number of other things one can do that lack maturity makes us all look bad.  Remember, the vast majority of people who are interested in bigfoot are not part of the bigfoot community, and when they peek in on us and see bitter infighting and childish name-calling, it would probably turn them away from not only the community, but the subject itself.  Behave yourself, no matter what else you do.  If you have trouble being kind and positive, then the most important thing you can do for bigfoots is to remain silent.  

But I digress…

I was asked to compile a list of specific things one can do to help sasquatches.  Below is a list of five simple things that one can do that would have a direct impact on bigfoots, even before their discovery.  They are simple things, with little or no monetary or personal impact.  In some ways, they are literally the least we can do without doing nothing at all.  

    1.  Vote with bigfoot on your mind.  As we approach each new and crazy election season, keep in mind that those folks we’re putting in office can occasionally have an effect on sasquatches.  This is true whether we are talking about an election on the federal, state, or local level.  When it’s my turn to cast a ballot, I always take into consideration a candidate’s environmental record.  Which candidate is on record saying that he/she will cut back on environmental pollutants?  Which candidate is a proponent of preserving wild lands?  Which candidate will help bigfoots the most?  Vote your conscience.  Vote for bigfoot.
    2. Pick up litter.  This is especially true when you’re in the forest.  I suspect that sasquatches don’t appreciate humans coming into their forest homes and leaving trash around.  After all, if the tables were turned and bigfoots were leaving deer carcasses and such (their trash) in our living rooms, we’d be pretty ticked off.  Besides, as my friend Thom Powell suggests, maybe a bigfoot will see you picking up litter in the forest and slowly learn to trust you because of it.  Anything’s possible!
    3. Choose a worthy environmental cause and donate to it.  You can donate either time or money, and you don’t have to donate very much of either to make a difference.  I have a small number of charities and organizations that I donate to, and the worst thing that comes of it is an occasional email from the group asking for a bit more.  There are many worthy causes that can use your help, and I’m certain that there’s one out there that would resonate with you and your beliefs.  Remember, such donations are usually tax deductible.
    4. Learn about bigfoots.  For most folks, that means reading a variety of books on the subject, as well as about other related subjects like tracking, ecology, geology and more.  The more we know about bigfoots and their habitat, the more real they get.  By knowing as much as possible about bigfoots, you’ll be able to speak about them with more authority.
    5. Talk about bigfoot with others.  If you do this in a respectful and toned-down sort of way, you can do a lot of good for sasquatches.  Most regular people have no idea that bigfoots are real creatures or how they fit into the landscape.  They think bigfoots are a myth or folktale.  When people start to understand the breadth of data available that supports the hypothesis that bigfoots are real animals, they might start opening their minds to the subject a bit.  Be careful to not try to convince anybody of anything.  You don’t want to seem like your trying to gain converts or something.  It could end up in an argument or worse.  Just inform the masses. 

These are simple actions that anyone can perform to help sasquatches.  We are their advocates, and we should act accordingly.  Be sure to act in their best interests with a positive attitude.  Remember, what you do in public or online reflects all bigfooters. 

They have no voice.  Be their voice.

Sasquatch License Plate Proposal Would Help to Raise Funds

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Jan 162018
 

Politicians can be a weird bunch of folks.  (I won’t go into the numerous ways they frustrate me and offend my sensibilities.)  However, every once in a while one breaks the mold and does something overwhelmingly right.  I love it when a politician shows the desire to help the world through creativity and a love for bigfoot.  Sen. Ann Rivers has done just this, and for the second time!  She is proposing legislation to make a special edition sasquatch license plate for the state of Washington where the proceeds would go towards state parks and other habitat.  Read on to learn more about this move!  

Rivers proposes Sasquatch license plate to support state parks

OLYMPIA… Sen. Ann Rivers thinks the state’s best-known cryptid, Sasquatch, ought to have an opportunity to help raise money for state parks and recreation areas. Today she introduced legislation that would create a Sasquatch license plate and direct revenue from its sales toward park maintenance and improvements.

“I’m guessing Sasquatch has a hidden talent as a fundraiser,” said Rivers. “And assuming that Sasquatch is a native Washingtonian, and our state parks are part of Sasquatch’s native habitat, it makes perfect sense to capitalize on Sasquatch’s popularity in a way that would help protect and improve that habitat.”

Senate Bill 6151 complements Rivers’ effort to designate Sasquatch as the state cryptid – short for cryptozoological creature, which refers to an animal not proven to exist. Senate Bill 5816, which would add Sasquatch (or “Bigfoot”) to the collection of state symbols, was inspired by a letter she received from a young constituent in early 2017.

SB 6151’s co-sponsors include the Senate Transportation Committee’s Democrat chair and lead Republican, and Rivers is hopeful the bill will come before the committee later this month.

Rivers, who says the idea for her legislation came from a friend, was among a bipartisan majority of senators who supported last year’s legislation to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in park maintenance and improvements. The bill went nowhere in the House of Representatives, however, and money from the special state-parks license plate created in 2006 only supports arts and education in parks.

“This won’t generate the $500 million that our Senate bill from last year would have, but the proceeds can’t help but make a dent in the backlog of maintenance that we were wanting to address,” Rivers explained.

“The strong positive reaction to my bill to make Sasquatch the state cryptid proved that people of all ages are still taken by the idea that such a creature is out there. I have no doubt that some of them will like the idea of a Sasquatch license plate, and appreciate that buying one is good for the park system,” she said.

Senator Ann Rivers

Dec 202017
 

 

A new article caught my eye the other day.  It was published on the website, Ancient Origins, an online news source for those interested in popular archaeology with a dash of unusual thrown in.  They claim to be the “only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.”  This might be true.  

Thinking this was just another article about the 50th anniversary of the PG Film, I started reading and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and the perspective taken by the author.  The author briefly acknowledged some of the erroneous scientific views from humanity’s past, went sufficiently deep into the work that has been done on the PG Film, and also explored the inevitable shift in paradigm that would occur if the film was authentic. 

It was at this point I looked at the author’s name:  William Munns. 

Of course.

Bill Munns is the number one expert on the Patterson/Gimlin Film.  He wrote an excellent book about his research on the film entitled When Roger Met Patty.  He is a methodical and scientific researcher who is meticulous with details and has an academic way with words.  

This article is a great primer in the work done on the film.  It’s something you can email to your friends for them to consider.  And with that in mind, friend, check it out!

Why the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film Should Concern Scholars of Human Origins

The anthropological sciences occasionally have to deal with something which has a profound but unexpected impact on our understanding of human origins. Two events are noteworthy, in part because both impacted powerfully upon our concept of human evolution, but also because they were diametric opposites. One was a truth first rejected, and the other was a false contrivance embraced as fact. As presented in Roger Levin’s fine text, “Bones of Contention”, the stories of the Piltdown Man and the Taung Child were meaningful because they demonstrated that ultimately the evidence will lead to the truth, but first, one must examine that evidence with an impartial and open mind.

Sadly, they also illustrated that confirmation bias is a serious and formidable obstacle in the search for truth. Piltdown was a fraud, an orangutan jaw mated to a human skull, and it confirmed the bias of expecting that our human ancestor would be an ape-like body affixed to a human cranium, thus affirming that regardless of how primitive the body, the illustrious human mind remained robustly beyond any mere ape. Taung was a truthful hominid fossil, but its rightful place in human origins was rejected for many years because of its small brain. So, when we consider that some evidence with potential impact upon human origins is misunderstood, or suffers in the face of a confirmation bias, the idea has a solid foundation of prior examples demonstrating that exact issue.

Perceptions of “The Bigfoot Film”

Today we have a new subject with the potential to make a profound and unexpected impact upon human origins and the human family tree. And like Piltdown and Taung, there is a legitimate concern that the evidence is not being given a proper and impartial evaluation, with confirmation bias ruling the roost and dissuading the scientific community from a proper consideration of that evidence. That new subject is actually 50 years old, but it is the age of the controversy that actually justifies a new way of thinking about it today. The subject in question is a 16mm motion picture film, taken in the woodlands of Northern California in 1967, famously referred to as the Patterson-Gimlin Film or PGF (in recognition of the two men who were present, one man filming and the other man witnessing the event), but it is informally known as “The Bigfoot Film” (in recognition of the subject figure seen in that film footage).

For 50 years, people have been denouncing this film footage as a fake, yet there is virtually no rigorous and logically structured proof for that conclusion. All that can be found are insinuations, suggestions, unsubstantiated claims, and intellectual bullying to try and cajole people into accepting the claim of hoax as a fact.

But in fact, the more rigorous the analysis, the more we see inconclusive determinations. David Daegling, in his text, “Bigfoot Exposed” analyzed the film and concluded, that at his time of writing, 36 years after the event, no proof of a hoax could be found. More recently, Authors Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton, in “Abominable Science” could do no better, and their analysis of this film resulted in a meager comparison to an anecdotal bigfoot sighting by a man named William Roe. Their conclusion was that if Roe’s anecdotal account could somehow be proven false, then the PGF might reasonably also be deemed a fake. Given that Roe’s encounter cannot be proven false, this was a subtle but tacit admission that the PGF cannot be proven false either.

 

There is much more to this article!  Click here to read the rest.  

 

Dec 202017
 

I had a nice visit from John Rosman from OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) a few weeks ago.  He wanted to talk to me about the legacy and impact of the Patterson/Gimlin Film 50 years after it was obtained down in Bluff Creek, CA.  We spent a couple hours in my garage looking at the film, talking about the creature and its movements, and looking at casts.  He was very interested in the subject, and had read a bit before coming over to do the interview.  (Informed reporters do interviews that are much more enjoyable.)

The article he was working on just came out today.  There is a video component as well, so be sure to click on the article to check out the interviews of me in my garage, and of Dr. Jeff Meldrum in his lab via Skype.  

Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later

Although it’s been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later.

The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo men from Yakima County in Washington. One, Bob Gimlin, still lives there. Roger Patterson died in 1972. They shot the footage off the banks of Bluff Creek in Northern California.

Bigfoot is seen on film for less than one minute, but one frame — 352 — has pretty much become the universal symbol for Sasquatch. And that famous giant walking ape is actually a she; her name is Patty.

But what might be most surprising — after a half century of advancement in film and costume technology — is that this footage has yet to be officially debunked.

Click here to continue reading.

Bigfoot Christmas Sweaters, Anyone?

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Dec 042017
 

It’s that time of year when people dig through dusty red plastic totes stored away all year in a desperate attempt to find that horrid sweater that’s traditionally worn to the company Christmas party.  Feel free to burn that thing when you find it because this year you can celebrate the season in a squatchier manner by donning your new Squatchmas sweater. 

No Squatchmas sweater is likely to be viewed as “ugly” because of the obvious fashion sense it takes to wear one.  In my  opinion, anyone who criticizes, laughs at, or poo-poos the sweaters here is simply waging a war on Squatchmas for skeptically-based reasons.  They look great, and bigfoots are cool, thereby making you cool when you wear one of these.  

I’ve combed through the catalog and found only a small handful of true sweaters. Most of the Squatchmas stuff out there is printed on tee-shirts, which is also cool, but not a true sweater.  Below you’ll mostly see true sweaters with only one exception at the end (the sweatshirt was particularly awesome and holiday-obnoxious).  If you’re looking for a Squatchmas tee shirt instead of a sweater, try this one of my own design.

Click on the photos below for more information.  

 


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Cliff at Expedition Bigfoot in Georgia

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Nov 142017
 

The (Wood)Devil’s coming down to Georgia this February!  

Tickets go on sale today for my appearance at Expedition Bigfoot in Georgia.  The good folks at the museum have given my fans a couple days head start to buy tickets before they announce it to their locals who will certainly buy all remaining tickets to sell out the event (seating is very limited).  

I will be giving one talk on Friday and another on Saturday.  Each talk will be two hours in length from 6 pm to 8pm, so we are asking that young children be left at home (their attention spans are even shorter than my own).  I will also be in attendance for a meet and greet at the museum from noon to 4 pm.  That’s the one to bring your toddlers to for photos with me or the exhibits at the museum.  

For tickets, click this link TODAY.  I’m telling you, this is going to sell out.  

 

 

 

Animated Life – Mary Leakey

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Nov 082017
 

No understanding of sasquatches can be complete without some knowledge of paleoanthropology.  After all, sasquatches had to come from somewhere, and paleoanthropology is the science that shows us what sorts of cousins we had that came before us.  Bigfoots would be descended from one of those cousins.  It is with that in mind that I eagerly devour pertinent articles on human ancestors in hopes to shed light on bigfoots and where they came from.  

One of the leading figures in paleoanthropology was Mary Leakey, wife of Louis Leakey, was the discoverer of many hominin fossils in eastern Africa.  She was meticulous, innovative, and dedicated.  

The following is a beautifully animated short briefly describing part of Mary Leakey’s life, particularly her discovery of the Laetoli Footprints.  Enjoy!

 

Guest Post on Wildlife Viewing with Trail Cameras

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Nov 072017
 

3 Awesome Reasons Wildlife Monitoring Rocks

Searching for wildlife might sound boring, but it’s far from it. Wildlife viewing, or the act of spotting wild animals in their natural environments, can be the thrill of a lifetime! When combined with its other incredible benefits, it becomes clear that there’s no better way to spend a weekend.

What is Wildlife Viewing?

Also known as wildlife watching or monitoring, viewing can include using remote trail cameras in places national agencies don’t have the resources to get to, or it can include physically looking for wildlife, such as rare birds or even larger animals like bears. Wildlife monitoring can be done formally in a citizen-scientist collaboration, or it can be done on public or private land just for fun. You can even join the legions of people searching for legendary creatures like a sasquatch!

Here are three reasons we think wildlife viewing rocks:

  1. Wildlife Viewing Helps With Conservation Efforts

You might be tempted to think we know all there is to know about our world, but that’s far from true. Even tracts of land in the United States have new secrets to reveal; in fact, since 2003 more than 400 new mammal species have been discovered worldwide.

Amateur conservations help local land management and parks services make important decisions about caring for local wildlife. Discoveries about things like the presence of rare carnivores guides regional conservation programs and priorities.

The viewing of wildlife also helps develop in adults and children a passion for conserving the land, vital for the continued protection of over 600 million acres of nationally-owned wilderness in the United States alone. Wildland protects its natural animal habitats and is ecologically vital for clean air and water, and also acts as a natural laboratory.

  1. Physical Activity is Healthy For You

Wildlife viewing involves, at a minimum, trail walking. The best monitoring, however, is achieved via hiking or even camping in remote areas. Kids and adults alike benefit greatly from routine physical activity. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Lower risk of heart disease in adults
  • Greater bone strength in children
  • Healthy weight management for both kids and adults
  • Reduced depression and better quality of sleep
  1. Fun For All Ages

Children are naturally excellent at wildlife viewing. Not only are their young eyes sharp, but they’re naturally curious. They’re often usually lower to the ground, with gives them the advantage of a different perspective and less stooping to identify tracks and other signs of animals.

Learning together and hiking in the wilderness is an activity people of all ages can take part in, and a great way to bond together. Your kids won’t even realize they’re learning and might just forget to ask for their electronic devices! Many adults have fond memories of camping and outdoor trips as children, and your kids can have that same experience.

Whether you’re motivated by the rush of seeing an animal in its natural habit, or you want to take part of conservation activities, or you want to find a hobby you can enjoy with your family, wildlife viewing is great fun! 

 

This guest post was supplied by Sally Phillips who enjoys teaching her daughters about the wildlife around them with her husband.  Thank you for your contribution!  

Masters of the Planet – The Search for our Human Origins

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Sep 172017
 

Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins 
by Ian Tattersall

 

This was the first book I read from Ian Tattersall, and I was impressed with his knowledge base and how it applied to the study of sasquatches.  It was this book that planted the seed in me that sasquatches might be a relict form of Australopithicus, though obviously this is far from certain.  It was also this book that brought up some very interesting questions about what it means to be “human.”  

There is a very vocal segment of the bigfoot community that asserts that sasquatches are humans, or at least people.  The problem with that assertion is that very few of its advocates have a good idea of what that even means.  This book, though not about bigfoots, addresses what it means to be “human” in the context of paleoanthropology, a subject that any serious bigfoot researcher should explore.  Folks who advocate for sasquatches being “human” should read this book to either strengthen or abandon their assertions (I can see how it could do either, depending on one’s worldview).

Ian Tattersall and an extinct friend.

Tattersall’s conclusion is that the most defining “human” trait might be our ability to think symbolically.  Throughout the book, Tattersall details unique paleoanthropological finds and looks at them under the lens of “symbolic thought” to see if the hominins in question rise to the level of “human” in this regard.  The reader might be surprised at his findings, as I was.  

Along the way, Tattersall explains the current best-guesses on the lifestyles and behaviors of our extinct relatives.  Of particular interest are his speculations (based on solid data, not mere guesses) on how Australopithicines survived and prospered.  These simple apemen seem to be a good model for sasquatch ancestory, both in morphology and behavior.  

I encourage all bigfooters to dig deeply into the science of paleoanthropology.  It not only gives insight into what sasquatches are and where they might have come from, but it does the same for ourselves.  We are, after all, one big, slightly-disfunctional primate family.

To obtain a copy of this book, click on the photo of the book at the top of the page.  

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This book has now been added to Cliff’s Recommended Reading list!  

 

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack by Ian Tattersall

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Aug 312017
 

 The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution 
by Ian Tatersall

For those interested in unknown primates, the subject of paleoanthropology should be a subject of great interest.  After all, sasquatches came from some lineage in the paleoanthropological family tree, so the more we learn about our ancient ancestory, the more we learn about sasquatches and the other undiscovered hominoids.  It is with this focus that I eagerly devoured Tattersall’s 2015 book,  The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution.  

The book’s author, Ian Tattersall, is the Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Though he started his schooling specializing in lemurs, his life’s journey has twisted and turned enough to find himself in a prominent and influential position well-earned through experience and publication.

The book is a chronological tale of the history of paleoanthropology, its major players, and their specific discoveries from Aristotle and the other Greek anatomists through to the most active players in the field in 2015.  Significantly, this includes the discovery of Homo floresiensis, though much more work has been done on those fossil hominins since the publication of the book.  Credit must be given to Tattersall for his acknowledgment that these Floresian “Hobbits” were strangely archaic in morphology, and begging for a closer look, even back when he was writing the book.  

I found the book’s story to be a fascinating one, and hugely pertinent to sasquatch studies.  Since sasquatches are real animals, they, like humans, have ancestors represented in the fossil record.  Much can be learned about sasquatches simply by studying those bipedal hominins that came before them (and the same can be said about humans, which is why paleoanthropology is such an important and interesting science).  

Much of the book shows how some stubborn ideas became ingrained into the scientific paradigms of the day.  One such idea repeatedly mentioned in the book is the “One Species Hypothesis,” which in paleoanthropology means that there can only be one “human-type” animal existing in an area at a time.  The newer type would move in and drive the previous, more archaic species to extinction.  For example, it was thought for decades that neanderthals were the direct predecessor to modern humans, and that when we came on the scene, we made the neanderthals go extinct.  We now know this is not exactly true (though our arrival may have played a role in driving them to extinction), and that neanderthals were a distinct side branch on the evolutionary tree rather than our predecessor, but this example does illustrate the ill-fated idea of the “One Species Hypothesis.”  

Tattersall shows how the Single Species Hypothesis is no longer thought to be true, so he notes that numerous species of pre-human hominins lived concurrently on the planet, and indeed in the same areas at the same time.  Curiously, he states unequivocally, more than once in the book that humans are the only hominin left alive on the planet.  I guess I can’t blame him, but he is sure in for a surprise!

For anyone interested in the sasquatch subject who loves the science behind mystery, I fully recommend this book.  The overview of paleoanthropology is succinct and enlightening.  The scientific language is digestible, not putting too many of the terms far above the head of the reader.  Tattersall’s writing style is fully accessible to most scientifically-literate readers and laymen alike.  

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