Does Sasquatch Manifest it self from Trees or does the forest Summon Sasquatch to heal and defend from the dangers of man? Many believe Sasquatch is seen only as a physical being when there here on earth, or present in this dimension. So where are they when they aren't here? Are trees inhabited by these Mythical Deities and does this explain tree knocking, and trees coming down in the woods when humans approach?
It turns out there are all kinds of information out there on "tree spirits". It is believed that spirits and ghosts use trees as a dwelling place when visiting the earth. This theory goes way back to the Old Testament where there are references to "sacred groves". The early Celts, Romans and Egyptians all believed in tree spirits. Even the Egyptians believed that it was deities who occupied their trees. In India, shrines have actually been built under trees to gain the favor of a revered spirit. The Celts believe that all trees have spirits.
Do Spirits Manifest in Trees?
The yew tree has been revered by mankind throughout the ages. This is a rather sturdy and resilient tree that has a unique way of growing new trunks from within the original root bole. Some of the English yews have been estimated to have been around 4,000 years old. Because of this, the yew is associated with immortality, regeneration, and rebirth.
The yew is also highly poisonous in all parts except for the fleshy part of the berries. So, throughout the ages, it has also been associated with death. Over the centuries in Europe, it was commonly planted around or in cemeteries, partly to represent eternal life, and partly to keep the dead in their graves. To this day, yew is used in magical working involving protection, especially against spirits of the dead, and exorcisms. The Yew is also said to wain in the night when it becomes agitated by forces around it. Do other trees also exhibit this same behavior? And what does the call of the these trees sound like?
The Tree of Souls
Through the ages and in all corners of the globe, people have looked to trees to make sense of our lives, honoring their transcendental qualities in a variety of ways. How has our interconnectedness with trees manifested itself? There is a wonderful book called “Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees” — of how trees meet our needs at every level of human experience.
Our strong connections with trees may be based, in part, on the fact that trees and humans share similar physical characteristics. But what if there is more to trees than meets the eye?
Most Sasquatch encounters (Not all) occur in the dusk until dawn hours, and in many cases eye-witnesses report eye-shine. Tonight discussion will be focused around Primates and the Tapetum Lucidum.
The tapetum lucidum is a layer of tissue in the eye of many vertebrates. Lying immediately behind the retina, it reflects visible light back through the retina, increasing the light available to the photoreceptors, though blurring the initial image of the light on focus.
The tapetum lucidum contributes to the superior night vision of some animals. Many of these animals are nocturnal, carnivores, or sub-terranian species and even deep sea ocean mammals.
Most primates, including humans however, lack a tapetum lucidum, as primates traded this ability long ago in the evolutionary path to gather and forage for berries and vegetation.
Have you ever seen reflection of camera flash from the tapetum lucidum?
Eyeshine is a visible effect of the tapetum lucidum. When light shines into the eye of an animal having a tapetum lucidum, the pupil appears to glow. Eyeshine can be seen in many animals, in nature and in flash photographs. In low light, a hand-held flashlight is sufficient to produce eyeshine that is highly visible to humans (despite our inferior night vision); this technique, spotlighting, is used by naturalists and hunters to search for animals at night.
Ok, so, what are we questioning you say? Why would Sasquatch have a large tapetum lucidum? Primates again have traded that along the evolutionary path to forage and it's been well documented.
Primates are also known to not see well at night, however Sasquatch reports flourish in the night.
Unless that is Sasquatch is not primate........
While this leads to many different theories the persistent trait of eye-shine is one to question, if Sasquatch is indeed a primate? How would that be possible.
Another question to ponder, is it possible Sasquatch is subterranean?
And if Sasquatch is a primate and has an evolved tapetum lucidum perhaps as it evolved, it adapted to life underground to avoid detection, as humans encroached on its territories and potentially turned it into an earth dweller by day v.s. a forager by day.
Would that explain the lack of finding them in the day time? Do they live beneath the earth in caves, or under trees?
What say ye? Stay tuned to upcoming episodes.
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Stories of Dogman continue to come up throughout our travels and research into the Sasquatch phenomenon. This summer as we crossed the Midwest, we sat down with various tribal members across the Sioux, Lakota, and Wendat tribes, and heard many right of passage stories of young hunters earning their stripes. While doing so these young hunters would then wear the pelts and skins as a status amongst the hunters and as a courage cloak so to speak. While this type of behavior is very common amongst tribes, would you think it could be possible the hunters within the Sasquatch Clan's also practice this same behavior?
Native American Hunters Sneaking up in Wolf Skins
The practice of hunters wearing, pelts, skins, and masks are not uncommon to tribes, and for those that subscribe to the native tales that Sasquatch is just another form of tribe or human, it seems plausible that Sasquatch could've taken on this same behavior - wearing the mask of a dead coyote, wolf, or other prey as a badge of courage and or status amongst the clan. Could this explain these odd encounters of Dogman? Is it really just a Sasquatch in wolves clothing? Let's consider.
African Hunter sporting Cheetah Pelt
The practice of a hunter wearing one's kill as a "status symbol "amongst a social group is very common and this practice has existed across the world, and still exists in many cultures today. The more powerful the creature killed the more powerful the hunter is amongst his or her peer group. Across the world the practice of conquering the most ferocious of beasts in one region brings immediate respect amongst the tribes.
So is it probable Sasquatch wears it's prey to show off and display it's level of courage, and if so is man the ultimate target? Across the world, from Alaska, to Australia to Africa, the tribes continue these types of cultural behaviors, so it is not all that far fetched that Sasquatch could be doing the same. could it? After all Sasquatch has been purported to operate in the same fashion as many native american tribes,. If this type of behavior is consistent, then it only stands to reason that yes it is indeed possible, So are Dogman sightings are really Sasquatch wearing Wolf mask or skins from it's conquered prey? and wouldn't it make more anatomical sense? Thanks for reading and please post your comments below.
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.
While this creature is considered by many to be the creation of horror writer Algernon Blackwood in his classic terror tale, "The Wendigo", this woods spirit was, and is, very real to many in the northern woods and prairies of the state. Many legends and stories have circulated over the years about a mysterious creature who was encountered by hunters and campers in the shadowy forests of the upper regions of Minnesota. In one variation of the story, the creature could only be seen if it faced the witness head-on, because it was so thin that it could not be seen from the side. The spirit was said to have a voracious appetite for human flesh and the many forest dwellers who disappeared over the years were said to be victims of the monster.
The American Indians had their own tales of the Wendigo, dating back so many years that most who were interviewed could not remember when the story had not been told. The Inuit Indians of the region called the creature by various names, including Wendigo, Witigo, Witiko and Wee-Tee-Go but each of them was roughly translated to mean "the evil spirit that devours mankind". Around 1860, a German explorer translated Wendigo to mean "cannibal" among the tribes along the Great Lakes.
Native American versions of the creature spoke of a gigantic spirit, over fifteen feet tall, that had once been human but had been transformed into a creature by the use of magic. Though all of the descriptions of the creature vary slightly, the Wendigo is generally said to have glowing eyes, long yellowed fangs and overly long tongues. Most have a sallow, yellowish skin but others are said to be matted with hair. They are tall and lanky and are driven by a horrible hunger. But how would a person grow to become one of this strange creatures?
According to the lore, the Wendigo is created whenever a human resorts to cannibalism to survive. In years past, such a practice was possible, although still rare, as many of the tribes and settlers in the region were cut off by the bitter snows and ice of the north woods. Unfortunately, eating another person to survive was sometimes resorted to and thus, the legend of the Wendigo was created.
But how real were (or are) these creatures? Could the legend of the Wendigo have been created merely as a "warning" against cannibalism? Or could sightings of Bigfoot-type creatures have created the stories. While this is unknown, it is believed that white settlers to the region took the stories seriously. At times, they even took the sightings and reports quite seriously and made it enough of the local culture that stories like those of Algernon Blackwood were penned. Real-life stories were told as well and according to the settlers' version of the legend, the Wendigo would often be seen (banshee-like) to signal a death in the community. A Wendigo allegedly made a number of appearances near a town called Rosesu in Northern Minnesota from the late 1800's through the 1920's. Each time that it was reported, an unexpected death followed and finally, it was seen no more.
Even into the last century, Native Americans actively believed in, and searched for, the Wendigo. One of the most famous Wendigo hunters was a Cree Indian named Jack Fiddler. He claimed to kill at least 14 of the creatures in his lifetime, although the last murder resulted in his imprisonment at the age of 87. In October 1907, Fiddler and his son, Joseph, were tried for the murder of a Cree Indian woman. They both pleaded guilty to the crime but defended themselves by stating that the woman had been possessed by the spirit of a Wendigo and was on the verge of transforming into one entirely. According to their defense, she had to be killed before she murdered other members of the tribe.
There are still many stories told of Wendigo's that have been seen in northern Ontario, near the Cave of the Wendigo, and around the town of Kenora, where a creature has been spotted by traders, trackers and trappers for decades.
A festival at Veteran's Park in Willow Creek is being hosted by Animal Planet's hit TV Series "Finding Bigfoot" in cooperation with the Willow Creek Chamber of Commerce on April 29th. This event is open to the public and free.
The "Finding Bigfoot" cast -- Cliff Barackman, James "Bobo" Fay, Matt Moneymaker and Ranae Holland -- will be in attendance as will special guest Bob Gimlin from the Patterson-Gimlin Film (PGF) fame. The group will speak with guests and review the PGF footage in the VFW Hall adjacent to the festival and discuss the historical film that made Willow Creek the "Bigfoot Capital of the World."
Bigfoot enthusiasts and locals are expected to flock to this one-time-only event, which is modeled after the town's annual Bigfoot Daze event in the fall. Complete with parade launching from the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, which holds the largest collection of Bigfoot artifacts in the world, the festival will migrate to Veteran's Park and the VFW where festivities include local vendor booths, a massive Kids Zone, live entertainment from local original artists, food, beer, cider, and more food!
Whether you love the show, or hate the show, these four folks helped shape and mold a subculture, attracting new people to the phenomenon, while inspiring thousands across the world to pic up a book, read on line, or venture outdoors to create an entirely new generation of Sasquatch Enthusiasts. Over the course of a decade Finding Bigfoot has traveled the world 5x over, and inspired many others to follow - Congratulations to Matt, Cliff, Ranae and our dearly beloved James "Bobo" Fay - We will miss you!
Sasquatch Syndicate will be in Willow Creek on 4/29 if you see the guys, please stop and say hello!
Anthropologists agree that humans have shared their world with a 10 foot tall, 1200 pound ape creature called Gigantopithecus Blacki. Giganto coexisted with humans for tens of thousands of years in Asia. Many believe that a remnant population of these apes may be behind the Sasquatch and Bigfoot sightings of the modern era. In the episode entitled “Giganto:The Real King Kong”, the Monster Quest team takes a look at Gigantopithecus Blacki as it relates to the search for Bigfoot.
Ralph von Koenigswald discovered the first evidence of Gigantopithecus Blacki in 1935 at an apothecary shop in China. Chinese apothecary shops would grind up what they called dragon bones into different medicines. Koenigswald discovered that these dragon bones were actually fossils of different animals. He was able to obtain and identify some fossilized teeth of what he later named Gigantopithecus. University of Iowa paleoanthropologist Dr. Russell Ciochon explains that only three jaws and 1,100 isolated teeth have been found from Gigantopithecus Blacki. From that minimal evidence, they are able to determine that Giganto was the largest ape to ever live and the only one to go extinct in the Pleistocene era (2.5 million years ago to 10,000 years ago).Giganto was so big that it would come up to the eves on a one story house. It is believed that this ape was a relative to the orangutan and could be almost 10 feet tall and weigh up to 1200 pounds.
Gigantopithecus Blacki was believed to have roamed the jungles of southeastern Asia for around a million years. Most scientists believe that it suddenly died out around 300,000 years ago. The only fossilized evidence is some jaws and teeth that have been found in cave sites. It is not believed that Giganto lived or died in the caves, but that they were brought there by porcupine that eat bones for calcium. The rest of the bones would have been consumed but the top parts of the teeth and the thick jawbones would have escaped consumption. Dr. Jack Rink is a geochronologist at McMaster University. He wonders about the possibility of Gigantopithecus being related to any of the reported Bigfoot sightings in North America. Wildlife Consultant John Mionczynski points out that there is an abundance of evidence that shows Asian animals migrating over land bridges to North America. Mionczynski believes that a remnant Gigantopithecus Blacki population may be responsible for the tremendous number of Bigfoot and Yeti sightings. Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology Dr. Jeff Meldrum finds the modern day sightings of giant apes in North America and Asia to be very interesting. He believes that there are some similar environmental aspects of the sighting areas of Asia and North America. Dr. Russell Ciochon believes that there is no connection between Gigantopithecus Blacki and the Sasquatch, Bigfoot or Yeti. He states that Gigantopithecus was a real ape form the Pleistocene era with evidence of its existence.
Whether or not a remnant population of Gigantopithecus Blacki is still among us, the fear of large apes is a common fear.Psychiatrist Gregory Bambeneck believes that great apes are scary to humans because they are so similar to us. He states that with the number of Bigfoot sightings, there should be some sort of investigation. If it is some type of mass hysteria, that should be investigated as well. The fear of large apes was immortalized in the 1933 King Kong movie. Movie historian Robert Burns says that King Kong was truly frightening as he might not just kill you right away. Kong might carry you off or your girlfriend off and hold you captive.
According to anthropologist Dr. Esteban Sarmiento, gorillas are known to carry off humans. While studying gorillas in 1994, he was charged by three gorillas that started to drag him off. He did make his escape and says that he was never worried because gorillas do no eat meat. If North America does not have any great ape population, it is hard to explain the Native American Bigfoot stories. They would not have had interaction with the large ape populations of Africa. According to U.S. Forest Service archeologist Kathy Moskowitz Strain, Native Americans had over 100 names for a Bigfoot like creature. Common traits of this animal included shyness, human like face, five toed feet, foul musty smell, fear of humans and rock throwing.
Washington State wildlife science veterinarian Dr. Briggs Hall believes that the forest of Washington could be home to a mystery ape. Many sightings have occurred in the Cascade Mountain area and Hall believes a clever nocturnal animal could remain undiscovered for a long time. Historian Chris Murphy points out that up until the 20th century, Europeans thought that the mountain gorilla of Africa was a myth. Many credible eyewitnesses report Bigfoot sightings that could be a remnant Gigantopithecus Blacki population. In 1982, police officer Daniel M. Gordon encountered one of these creatures near Whitehall, New York. He came around a corner and saw a Bigfoot type creature walk in front of the cruiser. He got out of the cruiser but could not locate the creature again.
In 1988, a retired National Forest Ranger named Roger Blain had a Bigfoot sighting. He was driving down a road that had been closed for an extended period due to a washed out bridge.He observed a very large manlike figure step out into the road.When he stopped to look, the creature grabbed a tree and was able to clear a six to eight foot embankment. President Theodore Roosevelt may have had an encounter in 1890. He was visiting the Cascade Mountains on a hunting trip and had heard a lot of the Native American stories of the Bigfoot type creatures. As he went to bed one evening, his hunting party was startled by the low rumbling roar of some creature. He described the noise as not being from any bear or beast that he had heard before. As an avid hunter, Roosevelt was familiar with most animals but this was some creature unknown to him.
Wildlife consultant John Mienczyski had a Bigfoot sighting in 1972 while on a research trip. While sleeping in his tent, he thought that a bear was pushing his nose against the outside of his tent. Mienczyski attempted to frighten the bear off by slapping at the nose of the bear. He found the object that he struck to seem much harder then a bear nose but the creature did seem to go away.
Soon after the creature came back to his tent and this time he could tell it was not a bear. When the shadow moved over the tent, he could see the shadow of a hand that looked two to three times bigger than his own. He grabbed his gun and got out of his tent but could not see the creature. He built a fire and could hear something moving in the trees. The creature did not come back to the campsite but it did begin to throw pine cones towards Mienczyski. The pine cone throwing continued for about 45 minutes and then stopped.
The MonsterQuest team follows two investigations related to these great apes. The first one starts out in China trying to gain more information on the relationship of Gigantopithecus Blacki to other primates and the dates of its existence. The second investigation is to the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.This search for Bigfoot will try to obtain evidence of a Bigfoot or a modern day Giganto.
The Washington State Expedition
Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology Dr. Jeff Meldrum leads an expedition searching for Bigfoot to the Northern Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Meldrum is the head of the North American Ape Project and he is looking for photographic or DNA evidence (hair, scat, etc…) of a Bigfoot type creature that may be related to Gigantopithecus. He believes that most Bigfoot sightings are seasonal in nature and occur in areas that could sustain an ape population. Joining Meldrum is wildlife consultant John Mienczynski. Mienczynski believes that he and other scientists have a responsibility to research the Bigfoot sightings and try to determine what is behind them. He believes that some relative of Gigantopithecus may have made it to North America.
The team concentrates on an area that has been cut off from human influence for several years due to bridge washouts. Prior to this time, the area was the location of numerous Bigfoot sightings by loggers and hikers. The team sets up snag traps that are hidden in lichen and set above the height of known animals. If a tall bipedal animal was to walk through and brush up against one of these traps, it should gather hair evidence. Mienczynski believes that lichen may be a possible food source for any great ape in North America.
The team also sets several camera traps along rock strewn river areas in hopes of capturing photo evidence. Many Bigfoot sightings have occurred near river beds. The cameras are set in fake rocks to be inconspicuous. This search for Bigfoot is unable to obtain any photographic or DNA evidence but they do find some useful information. The team conducted a survey of food sources in the area and they believe that this area is capable of supporting the diet of a great ape population.
The China expedition
Dr. Russell Ciochon leads an expedition to the Guangxi region in China. He hopes to find additional fossil records that may yield ancient DNA or protein structures. He would utilize this evidence to pinpoint the position of Gigantopithecus Blacki on the evolutionary tree and gain insight on how this creature lived. This area is the home to many of the caves that have yielded Gigantopithecus evidence. One cave that he searches was the location of the 1965 discovery of 12 Gigantopithecus Blacki teeth. These teeth were the largest Giganto teeth ever found. Ciochon explains that Giganto did not live in these caves. The fossils were either washed in or dragged in by porcupines.
Joining Ciochon in China is geochronologist Jack Rink. Rink has developed a method of measuring the radiation that the teeth would have received during their burial. He hopes to use this to better determine the age of the teeth. He also uses an electron spin resonance meter to try to date what he believes to be the youngest of the Gigantopithecus caves. He will also use the teeth of other mammals found in the same level of sediment where Gigantopithecus teeth were found. The age classification of these teeth will help determine the age of the Gigantopithecus fossil remains. Unable to locate any new samples, Ciochon travels to Frankfurt, Germany. This is where the only Gigantopithecus tooth samples are kept outside of China. He would like to extract DNA from one of the tooth samples. The sample would need to be less than 100,000 years old if it was to have any hope of providing DNA. The chance of DNA extraction will depend on the results of Rinks experiments.
Rink returned to Canada with the fossils found in the same sediment layer as Gigantopithecus teeth. He grinds the fossils in order to measure the magnetic resonance signal inside the fossil. He is able to determine results for five sites with the oldest being around 1,000,000 years old and the newest being 300,000 years old. This means that the known Gigantopithecus teeth would be too old for DNA testing. Ciochon is still able to obtain a Gigantopithecus tooth for a micro CT scan. Paleoanthropologist Anthony Olejniczak of the Max Plank Institute conducts the micro CT scan. The process involves putting multiple images together in order to obtain a three dimensional image of the tooth. The images of the tooth show that it has the thickest enamel of any primate tooth. The Gigantopithecus tooth is similar in construction to modern apes and may have had a similar diet. Ciochon believes that he tooth is most similar to an orangutan indicating an herbivore. Dr. Meldrum disagrees and believes that the tooth is more similar to a generalist omnivore like the chimpanzee.
The fossil records of Gigantopithecus show that this was "indeed" a real creature that lived for sure as little as 100,000 years ago. While the existence of this extremely large ape shows that a 10 foot tall ape could exist even in the relatively speaking "recent past". Why would we have fossil evidence of Gigantopithecus and no physical proof of its more recent relatives? Could the early human contact with this type of fearsome creature leave a primal fear that leads to modern Sasquatch sightings? The Washington State expedition gave some evidence that a Sasquatch population could've crossed the Bearing Land Bridge, and still survive in the Cascade Mountains so there is still a slim possibility that can make us sometimes think “what if?”.
Many of you have may have seen the History Channel Special "Bigfoot Captured" - during this episode Dr. Jeff Meldrum works on bringing hypothetical concepts to life and create a 3D Printed Skeleton frame of what a Sasquatch could possibly look like.
While we won't share all the details from this month's interview, for those that were unaware of this undertaking we will get into more detail during the March episode.
So stay tuned and listen in on the February 2017 Podcast for details about this project.
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