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Bigfoot - It always stays just outside the range of scientific proof

One of the most widespread and controversial creatures of dubious existence is Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, in reference to a hairy, bipedal hominid being. This being is usually described as 8' to 10' tall, sighted in remote wilderness areas of the United States and Canada, the Great Lakes, the Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountains, mainly over the last 300 years. It is said, that this humanoid creature has been seen in the forests of northeastern New England and the southern United States. Contrary to other monsters, this being is not a single specimen, but researchers have found at least a few thousand of them reported in different places during all the time, including nearby military areas.

There is a slight misconceptions between Bigfoot or Sasquatch, and Yeti, who lives in the Himalayas, and the Abominable Snowman, a Tibetan primate-like popularized by the Western press in 1921 after a visit of the reporter Henry Newman to the Himalayas. However, there is a controversy related to Bigfoot, with some researchers and witnesses claiming that this creature can be found in most countries around the world, but known regionally under various names, otherwise, it is believed that creatures like Yeti, are closely related species.

There are many reports describing a Sasquatch as the American being, but seen in China, Russia, Malaysia, Hawaii., Australia, and even in the mountains of South America. Like the other creatures of cryptozoology studies, scientists reject the possibility of the creature's existence. Unsubstantiated folklore and hoax is usually the verdict given for skeptics, due to the lack of bones, body or other evidence, in addition to the widely divergent descriptions by witnesses. They describe the monster as a 7 to 10 feet tall bipedal creature; this is 2 to 3 meters, but looking like an ape, and sometimes like a man.

It is said that Bigfoot is of a strong build and broad-shouldered, whose body is covered with short shaggy fur or well defined black or dark brown hair, although some other witnesses report the creature having rust, reddish, sandy or silver fur, with large eyes and a pronounced brow.

Recently, some cryptologists claim to have found evidence of the Yeti in the Himalayas, after the bones of a hand were discovered in a Tibetan temple, preserved as relics. This discovery brings back the alleged relationship between Yeti and Bigfoot, in which case if the Yeti exists, Bigfoot should exist as well. In fact, scientists say there is no evidence of such a creature in the United States, but various Native American artifacts has been presented as circumstantial evidence for the existence of Sasquatch, including some dated between 1500 BC to 200 AD, as described in a text from 1877.

Sasquatch is the American Indian name for the “Big Foot” creature that so many people throughout the United States have seen. All scientific data put aside, mostly everyone that has seen a glimpse of Big Foot remembers an odor some described as the smell of rotten eggs or sulphur.

By Robert W. Benjamin.  Unknown-creatures.com. 2006.

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