Bigfoot: The Truth Behind the Urban Myth

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| LAST UPDATE 11/18/2022

By Daria Appleby
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The giant ape-like creature has been the main character in fictional stories for generations. Most people are certain Bigfoot came from imagination and continued to be a tease to the younger mind wonders. However, others have endured a long-lasting manhunt, truly believing in the animal. For those included, we might have some physical and exciting evidence.

Alleged sightings of Bigfoot usually occur in the Northwest and are believed to be associated with "indigenous myths and legends," says LiveScience. Although the name 'Bigfoot' is more commonly used, and known, the name Sasquatch has also raised a few eyebrows, providing a lead to further evidence. The term is derived from 'Sasq'ets,' a word from the Halq'emeylem language used in southwestern British Columbia. This translates to 'wild man' or 'hairy man,' which is highly coordinated with the sketches drawn up over many years. Sources have been providing supposed evidence of the creature as early as 1884 when the British Colonist newspaper in Canada published an article about a 'gorilla type' sighting. Although it was perceived as a hoax, does this mean the other 1,340 sightings throughout the 19th and 20th centuries are false? 

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In 2019, LiveScience reported there had been over 10,000 eyewitness accounts of the fictional animal around the U.S. in the last 50 years. Typically, the animal is around 8 to 10 feet tall and covered in hair. However, these alleged sightings are not valid enough for evidence. For example, eyewitnesses used in criminal cases "overestimate their ability to remember things" due to over-amped emotions and distortion of d important details. In 1967, a short film with Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin went viral when they caught a "large and hairy bipedal ape, or Bigfoot, striding through a clearing." Still, this is highly up for debate, considering the quality of cameras at that time. When it comes to detail, Bigfoot hunters tend to look out for "shrieks, howls, growls, screams, or other vocalizations... also wood-knocking," according to Scientific American. The tendency multiple hoaxes have is that they further complicate the findings of authentic and determined investigators. Fake news has gone to the extent of costumes, counterfeit photographs, prints, and any other evidence sought after. Not to mention, the annual Bigfoot festival that takes place in Oklahoma not only brings in tourists but only attracts more deceitful sightings. 

Regarding modern-day Bigfoot, there is scientific evidence of a giant, "bipedal ape" that once walked this earth, named 'Gigantopithecus black.' It is about 10 feet tall and weighs up to 595 lbs, based on fossil evidence. However, if you're adventurous enough to scout for evidence, we suggest a trek to Southeast Asia. Nonetheless, the urban myth will continue to be regarded as an unsolved mystery.

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