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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Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

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Aug 222017
 

Get Dressed Sasquatch 
by Derek Sullivan

Its trouble in paradise when a park ranger informs Sasquatch that his au-naturel style will no longer be tolerated. What follows is a charming, humorous game of dress-up as Sasquatch and the ranger struggle to come up with a wardrobe fit for the monsters active lifestyle. With warm illustrations, funny rhymes, and a silly final twist that praises acceptance, Get Dressed, Sasquatch! will have children and parents giggling together again and again.

Hazy Dell publishing house has other books with squatchy references, such as Monster ABC, which I’ve posted photos from before on my Facebook page.  These books are fantastic for very young readers, up to about age 8.  They are made with thick cardboard-like pages that can take a beating, dropping, or a drooling on by the most ravenous of readers.  

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 Monster ABC 
By Derek Sullivan

 

S is for Sasquatch!

Blueberry Bog Knocks 8/16/17

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Aug 172017
 
Blueberry Bog

The Blueberry Bog in late summer

The Blueberry Bog is one of the best bigfooting locations I have yet found in Mount Hood National Forest.  Between a small number of researchers and me, a dozen or more sasquatch encounters have occurred here.  Most have come in the form of knocks, but there also have been camp visitations, whoops, long calls, and gifting interactions reported from these researchers.  No sightings have yet occurred, but there are also no reports from here in any of the online databases nor from any book I have ever read.  It’s a good spot.  

I visited this location back in June on a day trip.  The mosquitoes were beyond bad.  It is nearly impossible to be in the area until some drying happens in the forest and the mosquitoes decrease in numbers dramatically.  One of the researchers in my inner circle has been in the area a couple times this summer scouting for hunting season.  Elk and deer sign was abundant.  Sign of very large canines was also identified.  The possibility of wolves exists, and would be very interesting to verify with a visual sighting.  That would be newsworthy, I suspect.  

My schedule freed up enough for my wife and I to make a quick overnight to the Blueberry Bog this past week.  It’s a beautiful area with abundant wildlife and a stunning view of Mount Hood, so no matter if the bigfoots were there or not, I knew it would be a great trip.  However, at least one bigfoot was there.  

Long after dark and shortly after midnight, the wood ducks in the nearby bog were restless.  They vocalized and moved around the swamp in an agitated way.  An unidentified vocalization came from north at 12:37 am.  The whistle you hear is accompanied by another sound behind it.  If you think you know what made this noise, please contact me and share your idea with me.  It would be best to include a reference recording from online with your suggestion for verification purposes.  

 

Just before one o’clock, we heard a knock coming from north of camp.  In years past, a knock from this area is often the first sign of a sasquatch being in the area, and usually right around this time of night.  Sure enough, twenty minutes later, a loud knock occurred just a short distance east of camp.  

 

Captivated, we listened intently for the next hour and heard nothing unusual except the continued distress of the local waterfowl.  I was thrilled that the sasquatches seemed to be back on their old schedule (some logging in the past five years seemed to have disrupted the activity a bit).  My wife was thrilled to hear a good, loud knock.  We were both happy to share the experience.  

The above recordings were obtained using a Zoom H6.  For more information on audio recorders I’ve used for bigfooting, click here.  

Springs, swamps, and the accompanying plant life permeate the area around the Blueberry Bog.

Yeti in My Spaghetti

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Aug 122017
 

Yeti in My Spaghetti

This is one of my favorite recent acquisitions of bigfoot/yeti merchandise.  Yeti in My Spaghetti is a simple game for children of all ages based on the classic, Pick-Up-Sticks.  I enjoyed a few rounds of the game (with an adult beverage in hand), so I’ve already play-tested this one for the younger ones in your family.  Whether you purchase the game for your family or for your dorm room, it has the Cliff Stamp of Approval for entertainment.  

The game comes with a bowl, some plastic spaghetti noodles, and an adorable yeti toy.  It is played by laying the spaghetti noodles across the bowl and putting the yeti on top of the noodles.  From there, the players take turns trying to remove individual strands of spaghetti without causing the yeti to fall into the bowl.  Pretty simple, but surprisingly fun.  

Don’t let the yeti fall into the bowl!

The game is durable and made of plastic, so it is easily brought to the woods on your family’s next bigfooting trip.  It will clean off easily, and won’t break unless mistreated.  The family that participates in bigfoot activities together is a healthy one, and this game can add to that quality time.  

For you Pick-Up-Sticks masters out there, there is an added challenge to this newer, cooler version. In Yeti in My Spaghetti, the spaghetti strands are sort of twisted, so it’s not as easy to remove the noodles as straight sticks were back in the old days.  

The point of this game is to have fun, and it delivers on this simple goal.  Your family will love the game, and it’s a great way to eat up a hour or so while bonding as a family unit.  Integrating bigfoot and/or yeti into your family activities will only bring you closer together.  

Click on the links above to purchase.

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Conservation Before Discovery 2017

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Aug 052017
 

A few years ago in a blog post, I commented on how the legal protection of wild land is hugely beneficial to sasquatches, and indeed advocating for such protections might be one of the only things we (the bigfoot community) can do at the moment to protect our hairy friends.  I called the idea, “Conservation Before Discovery,” and it was largely the result of former President Obama making huge tracts of land into official wilderness areas, including the nearby Roaring River Wilderness.  Whether you agree with the politics or not, it’s hard to argue that wild lands are good for bigfoot populations.  Conservation of the land could provide sasquatches with a well-protected core area in which to rear offspring.  

When the article below crossed my desk the other morning, I found the general idea of the article to be what I was writing about all those years ago.  With this in mind, I thought I’d bring up the notion again in the context of the recent news piece.  

How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

July 31, 2017 by Bill Adams And Shane Mccorristine, The Conversation

After fears the Loch Ness Monster had “disappeared” last winter, a new sighting in May 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. The search for monsters and mythical creatures (or “cryptids“) such as Nessie, the Yeti or Bigfoot is known as “cryptozoology”.

On the face of it, cryptozoology has little in common with mainstream conservation. First, it is widely held to be a “pseudoscience”, because it does not follow the scientific methods so central to conservation biology. Many conservation scientists would find the idea of being identified with monsters and monster-hunters embarrassing.

Moreover, in the context of the global collapse in biodiversity, conservationists focus their attentions on protecting the countless endangered species that we know about. Why waste time thinking about unknown or hypothesised creatures? Most people are rightly sceptical of sightings of anomalous primates or plesiosaurs in densely populated regions that have been surveyed for hundreds of years.

However, while there are strong ecological and evidence-based reasons to doubt the existence of charismatic cryptids such as Nessie and Bigfoot, conservationists should not automatically dismiss enthusiastic searches for “hidden” species. In fact, cryptozoology can contribute to conservation in several ways.

The article continues here:
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-mythical-monsters-real-world.html

Where Bigfoot Walks – Crossing the Dark Divide

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Aug 032017
 

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide 
By Dr. Robert Pyle

One of my favorite bigfoot books (and one that has been on my list of excellent additions to any bigfoot library for a long time) has been reprinted this year with a new chapter!  The butterfly specialist and wordsmith, Dr. Robert Pyle, has updated his classic tome, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.  

This isn’t your average bigfoot book in that it isn’t full of sighting reports and evidence supporting the existence of an undiscovered hominoid species.  This book is from the perspective of an educated, open-minded skeptic who takes a personal journey into the mystery (which is more than most skeptics do).  His knowledge of the terrain and environment of the Dark Divide, an area deep in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, comes forth in his writing, as does his appreciation of the natural beauty of the area.  

This book doesn’t necessarily persuade the reader that bigfoot is real, but it does something equally important.  It persuades the reader that the possibility exists, and this is often the first step into a larger world for the uninformed on the subject.  Dr. Pyle takes you on his journey with him, and shows that the mystery itself is a valuable thing for us all.  The quest is worth the journey, though the final destination of that quest is uncertain.  

And, as an added bonus, the newest edition includes a few words from yours truly as well.  

I will be making an appearance in White Salmon, WA with Dr. Pyle on October 28th where he will be doing a reading from his book.  If you haven’t had a chance to meet Dr. Pyle, you really should make an effort to do so.  His thoughtful perspective on the subject is a delight to hear, to say the very least. 

Click on the link above to pick up your copy.

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1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint Casts

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Jul 112017
 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprints – Pair

One of the best documented footprint finds was in Grays Harbor County, WA in 1982.  Over a period of a few months, at least nine footprints were found and cast by witnesses, the local police, and a small number of bigfooters including Dr. Grover Krantz and Cliff Crook.  

However, it has come to my attention that two very good quality replicas are being commercially and legally sold.  The two casts in question come from the original molds made by Dr. Grover Krantz and licensed to Skulls Unlimited, a commercial fossil supplier.  

The casts can be bought as a pair (click the picture or link above), or as individuals (click the picture or links below).  There are other casts from this individual occasionally available from reputable sources at various bigfoot conferences across the country.  

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Right

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Left

This track line also produced two half-casts from when the creature was running.  One half-cast was taken back in 1982 and is well-documented in the literature, but the other and its recent discovery is documented on the DVD, Bigfoot Road Trip.  Both half-casts are shown below.  

A page in my bigfoot track database is long overdue for the footprint finds during this time, and one will eventually be added.  For now, you can enjoy reading the report filed by the sheriff witness himself, Dennis Heryford, in the BFRO database by clicking this link.  

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The Paranormal Outlet

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Jul 022017
 

Casts donated by Cliff Barackman are on display in the Paranormal Outlet.

Today, July 1, 2017, is the grand opening of the Paranormal Outlet in Avon, NY.  They currently have a brick and mortar storefront, a website, and a Facebook page.  They describe themselves as follows:

The Paranormal Outlet is New York’s one and only Paranormal Outlet. It is a place for the Paranormal Investigator, Ghost Hunter, Bigfoot enthusiast and Spiritualist. We aren’t just a store of gadgets, we are a hub for All Things Paranormal! Come browse, shop and learn. Sign up for lectures and more….

As the business continues to grow, they will offer not only paranormal-themed merchandise, but will host special events including guest speakers from far flung corners of the globe, and overnight ghost hunting trips to creepy places.  For more about their upcoming events, click this link.  

I look forward to seeing this store grow in the coming years.  To help them along, I donated two casts to them, which are on display in the store.  Please drop the store and check it out.  Send me photos from the store, and please tell them I sent you!

Click here for a media story on the opening.

 

Let’s do Lunch

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Jun 292017
 

Bigfoot Metal Lunchbox

I must be a nerd, because I love stuff like this.  I had a similar lunchbox in elementary school, but it had a Scooby-Doo design.  Nowadays, I can’t think of a better design than to have a bigfoot metal lunchbox.  

The design on the back isn’t so bad, either.  There’s even a lake monster in the scene.  The bigfoot pose reminds me of that scene from Letters From the Big Man.  (See below.)

Whether it’s for you, or a student who brings a lunch to school every day, perhaps this item could be a squatchy addition to what would be a normally bigfoot-free lunch.  

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