I recently was interviewed for a podcast called “On the Odd.” Here is the result!
I recently was interviewed for a podcast called “On the Odd.” Here is the result!
A new book has hit the shelves specifically dealing with a man’s personal experiences with bigfoot in the state of Ohio entitled The Ohio Monster: My Personal Encounters with Bigfoot. I have not read this book yet (a review copy could be in the mail any day), but I love regional books on the subject because of the patterns that can be gleaned from them, along with the locations they provide.
The back cover of this book suggests that there are some paranormal aspects to Mr. Walker’s search for bigfoot. While I don’t subscribe to a paranormal explanation for bigfoot, many people do based on their own experiences. This book might be up their alley in that regard, and would be useful to pick up to see if Walker’s experiences match others’ experiences.
To order the book from Amazon, you can click this link. For full disclosure, if you use this link, I’ll get a small commission on the sale. However, I wouldn’t even offer the link if I didn’t think some of you would want it for your collection.
I recently ran across this amazing art by an equally amazing artist who goes by the name Viergacht. The caption for the photo reads, “A young male North American ape, Anthropoidipes ameriborealis, patrolling his territory. ” Note the nod to Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s 2007 paper, “Ichnotaxonomy of Giant Hominoid Tracks in North America,” which attempted to name the species that left the footprints detailed in the paper. The PDF of that paper is available by clicking this link. I love well-read bigfoot enthusiasts.
Viergacht is a fantastically creative and talented artist. He has a presence on the art collective website, Deviant Art, and specializes in realistic animal-esque fantasy stuff, as far as I can put into words. And I love that I have a hard time categorizing this person’s art.
For us bigfooters, it’s important and practical to know about realistic bigfoot art in case they are used in a hoax. This goes for photographs, fur suits, digital art (like the one above), animations, and more. For sheer enjoyment, these art pieces are just fun.
Viergacht’s art can be seen by clicking this link. He is available for commissions as well. Start by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, something for people who love to sleep and love bigfoots at the same time! Bigfoot pajamas! The fantastic thing about these pajamas is that you can wear them whether you are mostly nocturnal, like sasquatches, or diurnal, like most people.
Click this link to check them out on Amazon, and to zoom in closely to the bigfoots. They’re adorable.
Legal disclosure: I will get a very small commission on these if you buy them. I wouldn’t even bother if they weren’t squatchtastically adorable, though.
A well-rounded bigfoot researcher usually holds an interest in various aspects of anthropology and paleoanthropology. After all, it is these disciplines that will eventually tell us how sasquatches fit into the larger scheme of human evolution. Through these interests, I have found a number of noteworthy blogs and news sources that bring up interesting tidbits that directly tie into the search for relict hominoid populations, though even the authors of these blogs may not realize it.
The article below is from an paleoanthropologist named John Hawks and details interesting discoveries from Indonesia and the Philippines. Recently, stone tools were found in the northern Philippines that date back over 700,000 years. Homo sapiens (your species) only arrived on the island about 100,000 years ago, but somebody was making tools long before that. The thought was that it had to be from a Homo erectus, well-known from the Indonesian area from a number of fossils, including the type specimen commonly referred to as “Java Man.”
The certainty of this claim has now been called into question. In 2007 a metatarsal bone was unearthed from Callao Cave in the Philippines that was remarkably small, but a near-perfect match for a metatarsal from Homo floresiensis, popularly known as the Hobbit species, found on the nearby island of Flores. Could the metatarsals belong to a far-flung population of Homo floresiensis? If so, could the stone tools that predate Homo sapiens‘ arrival by half a million years also belong to Homo floresiensis?
This all ties back into sasquatch in a roundabout way. Bigfoots are not the only unknown hairy hominoid reported in the world. There are a couple different types in Indonesia alone, one of which, called the Ebu Gogo, is reported right from the same island where Homo floresiensis fossils were found. This would strongly suggest that Ebu Gogo, if real, are in fact just relict forms of Homo floresiensis. If fossils of Homo floresiensis are verified from the Philippines, they could be found elsewhere, depending on how widely dispersed the species was. Could it be that the commonly reported “Brown Jacks” of Australia (short, hairy bipeds that are distinctly different than Yowie, according to the aboriginal people living there) are just more relict Homo floresiensis?
This kind of thing keeps me up at night. Read the article so you can lose some sleep too.
Great archaeological detective stories start with unexpected discoveries in unusual places.
In May, an international team of scientists led by Thomas Ingicco revealed new archaeological findings from Kalinga, in the northernmost part of Luzon, Philippines. Until now, scientists have mostly assumed that the Philippines were first inhabited by modern humans, only after 100,000 years ago. But the artifacts unearthed by Ingicco and coworkers were much older, more than 700,000 years old.
They didn’t find any hominin fossil skeletons, but the stone tools and the butchered remains of a rhinoceros show that somebody lived on this island long before modern people evolved in Africa.
Luzon was never connected to the Asian mainland, even when sea level was at its lowest during the Ice Ages. To get there, ancient hominins had to float. Who were they, and how did they get there?
Luzon isn’t the first deepwater island to produce such ancient evidence. In 2003, Indonesian and Australian archaeologists uncovered skeletal remains and ancient tools on the island of Flores. The bones were so strange, so primitive, that scientists named a new species, Homo floresiensis.
Most people know them by their nickname, the “hobbits.”
The best-known fossil specimens from Flores come from Liang Bua cave, where they are between around 100,000 and 60,000 years old. Those bones include LB1, a skeleton which had a tiny brain, a small body, elongated feet and toes, and apelike wrist bones.
Scientists called her “Flo”, and she was like nothing they had ever seen. The discovery gave rise to debates that are still raging, 15 years later. Who were the ancestors of the hobbits, and how did they reach Flores? We still don’t know for sure, and the mystery has only deepened since 2004.
To read the rest of the article, click this link.
An interesting article popped up in my news feed regarding the discovery of an extinct gibbon species being discovered in a Chinese noblewoman’s tomb. (The noblewoman is thought to be the grandmother of the first emperor of China.) The gibbon, or its skeleton, was buried over 2000 years ago presumably with its owner along with a smattering of her possessions.
The discovery of a new ape species is always a spectacular find, but there is an interesting twist to the story. This discovery is the first confirmed example of an ape species going extinct since the last ice age. This would likely mean that the gibbon population was directly affected by humans in some way, whether it was from habitat loss, or perhaps even from the collection of individuals for use as pets. This latter cause was common among nobles in ancient China.
No matter what the cause, this discovery should highlight the precarious nature of apes’ foothold in nature. Let’s hope that sasquatches are more resilient.
Before reading the article below, please enjoy listening to the calls of wild gibbons recorded in Sumatra:
The discovery was made by scientists led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), while studying the contents of a burial chamber dating from around 2,300 years ago that possibly belonged to Lady Xia – grandmother to China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, the leader who ordered the building of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.
The tomb, first excavated in 2004, was found to contain 12 burial pits with animal remains, which included gibbon bones. Sophisticated computer modelling reveals that these ancient bones represent an entirely new genus and species of gibbon, which the team has named Junzi imperialis. Historical records reveal that Junzi probably survived until less than 300 years ago.
All of the world’s apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons – are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of historic hunting or habitat loss. However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzichanges this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular.
To read the rest of this article, click this link.
Here’s a squatchpunk song for you! I do love squatchpunk.
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This is a delightful children’s picture book about a girl named Xylina (from the Greek for “Woodland Dweller”) who lives with her grandfather in the woods while her parents are overseas. During this time she learns about the plants and animals that inhabit the woods around her grandfather’s property. Curiously, her grandfather has a metal cut-out of a sasquatch on the property that was given to him by a neighbor.
One night, Xylina is awakened by a sound from outside. The sound turns out to be a sasquatch holding a baby of the same species in its arms who had a leg injury, which the girl and her grandfather set about trying to heal.
Over the next eight weeks, Xylina learns about “Squatchette” and her larger mother bigfoot as they spend time together. Eventually Squatchette heals up and disappears, though Xylina has a sneaking suspicion they will cross paths again.
The story is simple and sweet, but has an underlying message that we can all learn from: our relationship with the wild needs to be nurtured and taken care of. I also appreciate the depiction of the sasquatches as a non-threatening and natural presence in the woods that benefit from big-hearted humans with whom they share their environment.
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On Saturday, March 31, 2018 a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were going door to door in the Beavercreek area inviting residents to a local church function. They approached one house in the vicinity of South Beavercreek Road and South Highland Road and knocked on the door. Dogs inside the home starting barking, but nobody answered. While waiting for an answer, the daughter heard rustling in the brush to her left. She looked over and saw a “big, dark, furry hand moving” by a tree.
At that point, her mother noticed a change in the daughter’s body language and asked what was wrong. The daughter turned around, eyes wide with distress, and told her mother what she had seen. Her mother looked to where the figure was seen and saw for herself a large, dark figure moving back into the woods.
The two decided to immediately leave, so they got into their car and started driving away. At this point, the daughter looked back and saw the figure standing back further in the woods halfway stepping out from behind a tree and watching the car leave. She described the figure as “big, tall, and thick” and that it was covered in hair. She clearly saw its shoulder and head, along with half an arm. The head was conical in shape, and the figure was “a couple feet taller” than a 6 foot-tall man.
The encounter stirred an interesting emotion in the girl. She felt anger that “they don’t tell us about these things,” but they’re really there.
I visited the sighting location on 4/6/18. With permission from property owners, I walked around the woodsfor about an hour in the general vicinity of where the sasquatch was seen hoping to find some trace of its presence. The ground is blanketed with a layer of salal (Gaultheria shallon) three or more feet tall in many places. There were small walking paths and animal trails zigzagging through the brush and among the trees. A swampy marsh straddles the border of several properties in the area, though I only had access to two.
One of the property owners notified me that his girlfriend had recently noticed a large number of mice in the woods outside. Several reports I have taken over the years indicate that when there are too many of a certain animal in an area, whether it is mice, fish, rabbits, deer, or whatever, there are sometimes sasquatches in the vicinity exploiting the feast. This might be what was going on in this location.
I found no sign of any passing animal, but it had been six days and it had rained several times since, and quite hard. I invited the property owner of one home to contact me with any further information.
The Beavercreek area is promising for sighting reports, and certainly many more happen there than are shared publicly. The most recent flap of reports from that vicinity was from December of 2015 when two sighting reports surfaced within a month of each other. Numerous reports, and even some casts, have come from the outlying areas of Colton, Molalla, and Dodge as well. One can only hope that the local residents report their encounters with sasquatches so more can be learned about the habits of the sasquatches that live in the area.
If you are aware of sasquatch encounters in this area, or any area near you, please let me know by filling out a report form to be added to my internal database. Your private information will not be shared.
While driving through the area this past week, the reporting witness noticed that the property owner has put up a sign on the road. I love witnesses with a great sense of humor!
Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot
by Michael McLeod
Many bigfooters, being certain that bigfoot exists, don’t bother reading the skeptical literature. I feel this is a mistake, especially when the books get traction in the skeptical world. As bigfooters, I feel it is our duty to be aware of the skeptical arguments and to grapple with them. After all, many of the points made are valid, and since bigfoots are real animals, these points can and should be dealt with. It was with that spirit in mind that I dove into Michael McLeod’s Anatomy of a Beast.
There are many good things about this book. McLeod did some real footwork putting this book together. He interviewed many people in the bigfoot world, he attended some bigfoot lectures, and he even read some of the pro-bigfoot literature. McLeod dug into the history of some of the people in the early days of bigfooting, which I found quite interesting. I knew little of Ivan Sanderson, for example, and I enjoyed reading McLeod’s version of Sanderson’s life.
What I found most interesting were the anecdotal stories that arose from the interviews. Talking to the likes of Ivan Marx, Patricia Patterson, Rene Dahinden, and Peter Byrne is bound to bring some interesting stories to light, and McLeod included many of them in his book. I sincerely enjoyed reading about their perspectives and insights into the history of bigfooting. He also spoke to some minor players, such as Jay Rowland who was in Bluff Creek back in 1967 when Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin got the PG Film.
These interviews, though insightful, have a downside as well. He puts great importance on minor discrepancies in memory and perspective. These discrepancies are touted as strong suggestions that the PG Film, and indeed all bigfoot encounters and footprint finds, are a well-orchestrated hoax.
It was obvious from the beginning of the book that McLeod is a man setting out to prove the Patterson/Gimlin Film is a hoax. On pg. 14, he muses about how convincing the PG Film is “if one is not predisposed to reject Bigfoot out of hand.” It is obvious from his writing that McLeod is in fact predisposed to do just that, not giving the evidence more than a quick thought before rejecting it.
One of many dead ends for McLeod was his analysis of the timeline after the filming. He assumes that Roger and Bob went through Willow Creek before mailing the film on the coast, and then heading back to Willow Creek to speak to Al Hodgson and Syl McCoy. Since that path didn’t make sense with the allotted time, therefore somebody is lying and the film is a hoax. We now know that Roger and Bob went over Bald Hills Road into Orick before heading down the coast to mail the film. They only later went to Willow Creek. It tends to be small assumptions or gaps in McLeod’s knowledge that support his claim that the film is an “obvious hoax.”
To investigate the film, it seems more productive to enter the study of it from a neutral standpoint and see where the evidence leads. McLeod does the opposite. He “knows” the film is a hoax, so he explores the people in the field and finds out their eccentricities, minor memory inconsistencies, and personal flaws to hold these up as evidence that the film is a hoax. He doesn’t examine the film subject, he examines Ray Wallace’s long record as a hoaxer. He doesn’t look at the creature’s anatomy, he talks to Dahinden about who he doesn’t get along with. He doesn’t look at the footprint evidence retrieved from the film site, he looks at the dissonant personalities involved in the Pacific Northwest Expeditions of the early 1960’s. These things, along with many more examples in the book, seem more like a sleight-of-hand trick to cast doubt on the film by putting shade on the many people tangentially involved in some aspect of the film, location, or events of that time period.
Overall, the book is worth a read. The history told by the many interviewed players gives us glimpses, albeit biased ones, into the perspective of the time. It is the assumption from the get-go that the film is a hoax that does this book in from my perspective. Ad hominin attacks on the players do not make the film a hoax.
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