One of my pet peeves in the Bigfoot community is the proclamation, “We don’t know anything about these creatures.”

For the people usually exclaiming this they are generally referring to themselves rather than people who have put in time to do their homework from a scientific basis.

For those that are scientific minded and have reality based research it is farthest from the truth provided these creatures exist, which I believe they do.

Unless you tend to throw out all the things we know about animals out the window when it comes to Bigfoot, then you aren’t being so scientific are you?

The fact is we know A LOT about these creatures if we look to what we know about similar animals. What do we know? Well let’s look at some of them.

Mammals

Mammals are vertebrate animals constituting the class Mammalia and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in females produce milk for feeding (nursing) their young, a neocortex (a region of the brain), fur or hair, and three middle ear bones. These characteristics distinguish them from reptiles and birds, from which they diverged in the late Triassic, 201–227 million years ago.

Features of Mammals:

      • Jaw joint – The dentary (the lower jaw bone, which carries the teeth) and the squamosal (a small cranial bone) meet to form the joint.
      • Middle ear – In crown-group mammals, sound is carried from the eardrum by a chain of three bones, the malleus, the incus and the stapes.
      • Tooth replacementTeeth can be replaced once (diphyodonty).
      • Prismatic enamelThe enamel coating on the surface of a tooth consists of prisms, solid, rod-like structures extending from the dentin to the tooth’s surface
      • Occipital condylesTwo knobs at the base of the skull fit into the topmost neck vertebra.

Primates

Primates are defined as  having characteristics that represent adaptations to life in this challenging environment, including large brains, visual acuity, color vision, altered shoulder girdle, and dexterous hands.

Anatomy and Physiological traits of Primates:

    • The primate skull has a large, domed cranium, which is particularly prominent in anthropoids. The cranium protects the large brain, a distinguishing characteristic of this group. The primary evolutionary trend of primates has been the elaboration of the brain, in particular the neocortex (a part of the cerebral cortex), which is involved with sensory perception, generation of motor commands, spatial reasoning, conscious thought and, in humans, language.
    • Primates generally have five digits on each limb (pentadactyly), with a characteristic type of keratin fingernail on the end of each finger and toe. The bottom sides of the hands and feet have sensitive pads on the fingertips. Most have opposable thumbs, a characteristic primate feature most developed in humans, though not limited to this order.
    • Primate species move by brachiation, bipedalism, leaping, arboreal and terrestrial quadrupedalism, climbing, knuckle-walking or by a combination of these methods.
    • The evolution of color vision in primates is unique among most eutherian mammals.

Behavior Traits of Primates:

    • Having Social Systems
    • Interspecific Associations – Some primates associate with other primates in the wild.
    • Primates have advanced cognitive abilities: some make tools and use them to acquire food and for social displays; some can perform tasks requiring cooperation, influence and rank;  they are status conscious, manipulative and capable of deception; they can recognize kin and conspecifics; and they can learn to use symbols and understand aspects of human language including some relational syntax and concepts of number and numerical sequence. Research in primate cognition explores problem solving, memory, social interaction, a theory of mind, and numerical, spatial, and abstract concepts
    • Non-human primates and humans have been observed to be very similar in terms of personality, such as chimpanzees having "’Big Five’ personality factors found in humans, i.e. neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness". Primates seem to possess a sixth personality trait, dominance. Both humans and nonhuman primates, such as chimpanzees, exhibit proactive aggression, a type of preplanned aggression with a reward. This aggression is expressed between neighboring groups. Proactive aggression ultimately increases the fitness of the community as a whole as the size of the community increases. Unlike proactive aggression, reactive aggression is low in humans but high in chimpanzees. Reactive aggression is a result of anger in order to cease a stressful stimulus. Low reactive aggression in humans can be attributed to tolerance and cooperation. Wrangham found "evolution of within-group tolerance, such as individual selection for cooperative breeding, group selection for parochial altruism, and cultural group selection for prosocial norms". Ranking in nonhuman primates stems from the most aggressive male, while nomadic hunter-gatherers are respected for their prestige and ability to form alliances and negotiations.
    • Primates have slower rates of development than other mammals. All primate infants are breastfed by their mothers.
    • There are many reports of non-human primates using tools, both in the wild or when captive. The use of tools by primates is varied and includes hunting (mammals, invertebrates, fish), collecting honey, processing food (nuts, fruits, vegetables and seeds), collecting water, weapons and shelter. Tool manufacture is much rarer than simple tool use and probably represents higher cognitive functioning. Soon after her initial discovery of tool use, Goodall observed other chimpanzees picking up leafy twigs, stripping off the leaves and using the stems to fish for insects. This change of a leafy twig into a tool was a major discovery. Prior to this, scientists thought that only humans manufactured and used tools, and that this ability was what separated humans from other animals. Both bonobos and chimpanzees have also been observed making "sponges" out of leaves and moss that suck up water and are used as grooming tools. Sumatran orangutans have been observed making and using tools.

Virus Transmissions

Close interactions between humans and non-human primates (NHPs) can create pathways for the transmission of zoonotic diseases. Viruses such as Herpesviridae (most notably Herpes B Virus), Poxviridae, measles, Ebola, rabies, the Marburg virus and viral hepatitis can be transmitted to humans; in some cases the viruses produce potentially fatal diseases in both humans and non-human primates.

The above sources were from Wikipedia

This may answer someone’s question of can a Sasquatch catch Covid-19?  It is very indeed possible and should not be ruled out.

Life Spans

    • Humans* – 79 years
    • Chimpanzee – 39 years
    • Bonobo – 40 years
    • Orangutan – 35-45 years
    • Baboon – 35-45 years
    • Gorilla – 35-40 years

*However due to the “Age of Enlightenment”, human life expectancy has doubled. Before this the average human life expectancy was about 40 years. So this should give us a scientifically educated guess of about 40-45 years for the life expectancy of a Sasquatch.

And so people who think that Sasquatch are an ancient race of people (homo sapien)…

A hominid is a member of the family Hominidae, the great apes: orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and humans. A hominine is a member of the subfamily Homininae: gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans (excludes orangutans). A hominin is a member of the tribe Hominini: chimpanzees and humans.

We have to remember science and knowledge are the parameters we work within. To say we know nothing about these creatures, is a a slap in the face to the folks that came before you and to science itself. Although many believe science is the enemy. Maybe many scientists are to the idea of the existence of a Sasquatch, but science itself is a tool just like anything other tool it is there for us to use.

If you read the behavior accounts from reports coming out of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s where did you see all this so called supernatural behavior? You didn’t.

It wasn’t suppressed, it just rarely existed. But the behavior you saw was consistent with primate behavior and habitation models we now know of today. Coincidence? No.

That are just some of the notes and thoughts for the day and am wishing everyone well and safe in the Pandemic lockdown!!

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D