This thread is born out of a discussion about Neandertals and Bigfoot that can be found at the following link:
Rather than continue to discuss the subject in the Neandertal story comments I've decided to start a thread on the forum in hopes that the conversation will continue. Many people have contributed to the discussion offering their own ideas about just what the alleged Bigfoot could be or could not be. This creature is also known as Yeti, Sasquatch, the Forest People, and various other names. Some believe the creature is some sort of prehistoric human or human hybrid. Others of us believe the creature is likely some species of Gigantopithecus such as G. blacki as I myself believe along with Idaho State University anthropologist Dr Jeff Meldrum et al.
We have also discussed the Ketchum Bigfoot DNA Study conducted by Dr Melba Ketchum not long ago. That study involved the DNA sequencing of alleged hair, feces, and other samples reported to be from the creature. The results were inconclusive because there is nothing to compare them to but Ketchum and her team did arrive at some conclusions about Bigfoot. First, they concluded that Bigfoot is real and that we have an unknown creature living in North America that is elusive and very large. They also concluded that the DNA shows the creatures lineage is from a "human mother and unkown hominid father." Expanding on this discovery Dr Ketchum has stated that the "unknown hominid father" could have been a prehistoric giant ground sloth which interbred with human women at some point in the past. I myself do not agree with her expanison comment about humans interbreeding with prehistoric sloths. This study has been met with much controversy in the academic community.
I myself believe that Bigfoot is some North American species of Gigantopithecus blacki or some other ape. I do not believe it is a proto-human. I tend to follow the same lines of thinking on the creature as Dr Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University. I have observed Bigfoot on two occasions and from what I've seen with my own eyes and investigations along with speaking to credible witnesses I believe the creature displays a lot of ape-;like behavior more than anything else. Further, the creature is very ape-like in appearance and behavior in my opinion.
We have also discussed misidentification in our discussion and the general opinion is that many so called "sightings" of Bigfoot are, in fact, misidentification of common animals such as bears. I, like Dr Meldrum, believe that Bigfoot is a RARE creature and that many of the sightings are simply matters of misidentification. We've also discussed hybrids and how inbreeding between species has limits which is absolutely true. We've also discussed the hoaxsters who go about making Bigfoot tracks with plywood cutouts, filing false sighting reports, and people on YouTube claiming to have filmed the creature (most of which are either bears or people in gorilla suits).
We have had some intelligent and respectful conversation on this subject and I hope that will continue because EVERYONES opinions and insights matter. At this point in time we really don't know what this creature is so anyone could be right about it. I wish to express my gratitude to everyone who has involved themselves in the discussion under the Neandertal story and hope you will help keep the discussion going here on the forum. Thank you.