Is it possible that Sasquatch isn't an Ape, or a Relic Hominid and it's a lab experiment gone wrong? Sure we have all heard this before but how is that even possible? Has it really ever been attempted? Let's sample a little of the history of lab and DNA experiments that lend some credence to this possibility and how it could be possible to create such a creature.
First let's assume for the sake of argument that Sasquatch is a hybrid, a cross breed between a Tall Human Mother of with a history of Taller Genetics running through their family, and let's also assume that the Mother was bred with a Chimpanzee or a Mountain Gorilla. We first have to ask ourselves, has this even ever been tried? Well sadly the answer is YES-
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was a gifted scientist, a dedicated conservationist, and a practical, grounded man who expanded everyone's understanding of animal husbandry. He also, for years, tried to make human-ape hybrids.
The post-revolution USSR was a nation that wanted to wholly embrace new technology and progressive science while reinforcing traditional nationalistic pride. It's no wonder that Ilya Ivanovic Ivanov fit right in. He was a biologist who wanted to split his talents evenly between innovation and preservation. Ivanov got a lot of Soviet and international support because he'd been doing useful work for well over a decade when the revolutions came. In 1901, he'd set up a zoological station that examined exactly how animals, especially farm animals, reproduced. It's true that people had gotten the mechanics of the act down, but Ivanov studied the many hormones, processes, and secretions that went along with sex in order to see what exactly was necessary for conception. When he determined that all anyone really needed was a sperm and an egg, he found ways to extract, disinfect, and store animal semen. This might seem like a small thing, but much of the farming industry now runs using artificial insemination. Even during Ivanov's lifetime, millions of animals were selectively bred using these techniques.
Ivanov wasn't just breeding farm animals. Ivanov used selective breeding and artificial insemination as techniques to preserve endangered species, such as the wisent - a kind of bison - and a local subspecies of horse. So when he did an occasional loony thing, like cross-species breeding solely to see what the results would be, he wasn't criticized. People just noted that zebras, donkeys, and horses could all interbreed. When, in 1910, at the World Congress of Zoologists, Ivanov described the idea of using artificial insemination to create human-chimpanzee hybrids to an auditorium full of what must have been some very uncomfortable scientists, some people actually were supportive. However before he could start his research human rights activists stepped in and shut him down, but that doesn't mean he didn't get started.
Fortunately due to human ethics Ivanov was never successful, but what if in some lab somewhere someone did pull it off? I mean honestly there have been many hybrid creatures, far more uncommon from a DNA perspective cross bred than that of a human and a chimp. We know it isn't a stretch to hypothesize and fast forward a half a century, and certainly humans are far more advanced in DNA Studies, Cloning, genetic manipulation to complete such an experiment somewhere in the world. But assuming we could create a Man Ape, or She Ape, how would one, manipulate the size manipulation of the muscle mass of Sasquatch?
The Myostatin Inhibitor
Myostatin is a protein that prevents your muscles from growing too large. However Myostatin Inhibitors have been created. Researchers have shown that if the myostatin gene doesn’t work, then no myostatin protein gets produced, and your muscles grow twice as large.
So labs have produced Myostatin Inhibitor, but what if this isn't a new discovery.
It was imagined that this could be used to create a gene therapy for people whose muscle tissue was atrophying from disease, or for expanding and creating larger food sources.
It could even become a choice in creating designer babies that could be stronger and faster than any known humans today, making the Olympics and other athletic contests more a measure of how well you designed your child’s genes than how hard you trained. Or it could be used to create an army of super soldiers, what if you applied this Myostatin Inhibitor to a hybrid experiment of an Ape/Human? It's interesting to wonder, but is it possible with today's science? To create such a creature? and what if one did get loose from the lab, or was field tested and was smart enough to escape?
Interesting to think about - Please submit your thoughts below on the Hybrid Theory.
Gigantopithecus was pretty darn big. Fossils indicate it stood as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and weighed up to 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms)
If you’re an animal, there are advantages to being gigantic. You’re less vulnerable to predators, and you’re able to cover a lot of territory when looking for food. Gigantopithecus thrived in the tropical forests of what is now southern China for six to nine million years.
But around 100,000 years ago, at the beginning of the last of the Pleistocene ice ages, it went extinct—because in the changed climate its size had become a fatal handicap, a new study suggests.
“Due to its size, Gigantopithecus presumably depended on a large amount of food,” explained Herve Bocherens, a researcher at Tübingen University in Germany, in a press statement. “When, during the Pleistocene, more and more forested areas turned into savanna landscapes, there was simply an insufficient food supply for the giant ape."
Gigantopithecus, a fruit-eater, failed to adapt to the grass, roots, and leaves that became the dominant food sources in its new environment. Had it been less gigantic, it might have endured somehow. "Relatives of the giant ape, such as the orangutan, have been able to survive despite their specialization on a certain habitat,” said Bocherens, because they have “a slow metabolism and are able to survive on limited food.”
A Rule … With a Giant Exception
The rise and fall of Gigantopithecus illustrates why, over time, size can yield diminishing returns. “There are short-term advantages that come with being bigger, but it also brings long-term risk,” says Aaron Clauset, a computer scientist at the University of Boulder, who has studied the body sizes of thousands of species spanning two million years of the fossil record.
It’s not just that a bigger body requires more food, says Clauset. It’s that “as you get bigger, you tend to have fewer children. That means your population tends to be smaller and more sensitive to fluctuations.”
As a result, changes in weather or climate that threaten a food source can reduce a large-bodied species’ numbers to the point of “demographic death.”
In fact, Clauset found that extinction rates increase as a species gets larger in size. That’s why goliaths such as Gigantopithecus and the giant sloth no longer roam the Earth. Every animal species has an effective upper limit on how big it can become; how close it can get to the edge of the precipice before toppling off into oblivion.
At least that’s the case for mammals—dinosaurs were a different story, Clauset acknowledges. Until an asteroid plunged them into armageddon, they were both enormous and successful for tens of millions of years. Why couldn’t Gigantopithecus do that? “It may be that mammals have higher metabolic needs, converting more of their energy intake into heat, because they’re warm-blooded,” Clauset says.
The Gigantopithecus Theory and Sasquatch
It has been proven that Gigantopithecus Blacki, was a real creature, and this lends to the credibility that Sasquatch is more ape than man and could’ve evolved from a species of ape over time. Further since Gigantopithecus Blacki was found in Asia this lends credence to the fact that the creature could’ve crossed the Bering Land Bridge thousands of years ago with early humans.
The subject of Gigantopithecus has attracted an increasing amount of interest anthropologists and primatologitsts over the past few decades. The Sasquatch-Giganto hypothesis suggests that Sasquatchs are surving relatives of the genus Gigantopithecus. Gigantopithecus (the Latin word for "Giant Ape") was a giant cousin of the orangutan. It was presumed to be extinct.
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