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