Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Smartest Man In The World

This has nothing whatever to do with Bigfoot. It is an old joke that I read recently and I still got a laugh out of it. Maybe some of the younger readers haven't heard it .

Kissinger, Nixon, the pope and a hippy are flying over the ocean when suddenly the pilot emerges from the cockpit announcing “The engines have conked out and we are going to crash. Unfortunately, there are only four parachutes and as the pilot, I’m taking one.” He puts on a chute, opens the door and jumps.

Nixon then declares: As President of the United States, I’m the most important man in the world and I have a responsibility to survive.”, grabs a chute and jumps.

Then Kissinger declares: “As the smartest man in the world, it would make no sense for me to die needlessly.”, grabs a chute and jumps.

Then the pope turns to the hippy and tells him “I’m a very old man. You are still young and have a long future ahead of you. Take the last chute, my son, and save yourself.”

The hippy turns to the pope: “It’s cool man. The smartest man in the world just jumped out with my backpack. Grab the other chute and let’s go!”
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William Mayes

Friday, January 22, 2010

Comparison Of Gigantopithecus And Bigfoot

The description of Bigfoot in most Bigfoot reports runs something like this:
Bigfoot is big and hairy, standing six to ten feet tall, broad and thick. He is quick and powerful, able to run deer down,and able to keep up with autos and cross a highway in three bounds. He can leap twenty feet from a standing position. He can jump off bluffs. There may be exaggerations and mistakes in some of these reports but not in all of them. The consensus is that bigfoot is vigorous and fast, and eats meat at least occasionally. Most people who have gotten a glimpse of his face, say he looks more human than ape-like. He walks upright on two feet almost exclusively.

The description of Gigantopithecus is taken from The Ape That was by Russel L. Ciochon:

The discovery of the jaws resolved, at least for most scientists, any doubts that the creature was apelike and not, as Weidenreich had argued, humanlike. Based on the fossils, Gigantopithecus is now placed among the Asian apes, a descendant, along with the orangutan, of the earlier ape ancestor Sivapithecus, best known from an 8-million-year-old skull discovered in Pakistan. Its size and ape affiliation suggest Gigantopithecus was a ground-dwelling, fist-walking creature.

While more teeth of the extinct ape have been found, no other bones have turned up. Based only on the jaws and teeth, however, an attempt can be made to reconstruct both the animal and its way of life. The jaws are deep (top to bottom) and very thick. The molars are low-crowned and flat, with very thick enamel caps suitable for heavy grinding. The premolars are broad and flat and resemble molars. The canine teeth are not sharp and pointed but shaped more like what one would expect premolars to look like, while the incisors are small, peglike, and closely packed. The canines and incisors together form a specialized cutting tool, most similar to what is found in some present-day tree sloths and in the extinct giant ground sloth. The features of the teeth, combined with the massive, robust jaws, lead to the inevitable conclusion that the animal was adapted to the consumption of tough, fibrous foods by cutting, crushing, and grinding them.

As a rule, large herbivores subsist on diets of coarse leaves and grasses, which are low in nutritional value but typically available in very large quantities. (Large animals succeed with this regime partly because their metabolic requirements are relatively low, in terms of energy required per unit of body mass.) One suggestion is that Gigantopithecus, or at least the larger species in China, was adapted, like the giant panda, to a diet of bamboo, the giant grass abundant in the region. The jaws of Gigantopithecus and the giant panda, if set side by side with the jawbones of, say, the gorilla and the grizzly bear, appear thicker, deeper, and more massive. These differences reflect the specialized diet of the panda (and, by inference, of Gigantopithecus) compared with the much more general diet of the gorilla and grizzly.

An outstanding characteristic of giant herbivores is their extreme slowness. They have no particular need of speed: their size and thick skins protect them from predators, and of course their feeding habits require no more of them than that they move from place to place as they systematically denude the landscape of vegetation.
Furthermore, they are usually stuffed full of bulky food to digest, which tends to produce inertia. Gigantopithecus probably followed this pattern.

That doesn't sound like bigfoot to me.

Here is another good article at Bigfoot Encounters which shows some images of what Gigantopithecus probably looked like.

I would like to point out that several Bigfoot witnesses have mentioned that the creature that they had sighted looked like the model of Bigfoot that Bill Munns created using Krantz's Gigantopithecus model. This should be no surprise since this model was designed to look like Bigfoot.
William Mayes

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Descriptions of Bigfoot

There is so much variation in the descriptions of Bigfoot that one wonders if they are all of the same creature. Many are described with hair on their forehead and many are described as having a forehead apparently clear of hair.
Roger Patterson drew some pictures of Bigfoot showing a forehead covered with hair. What is interesting about his drawings, is the manner in which the hair on the forehead curls back up. I don't know whether he drew this after or before he made his film of Patty at Bluff Creek. Obviously Patty has hair on her forehead.
In David Paulides book The Hoopa Project, Harvey Pratt, who is a forensic artist with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation and has had 40 years experience in that discipline has used his skills to extract the images of bigfoot from the descriptions of eyewitnesses. Most of the images have foreheads clear of hair. But one noticeably has his forehead covered with hair. According to Pratt's work, it appears that these creatures have a more humanlike appearance than has been previous believed. Some people believe that Pratt may have a bias to represent these creatures in a more humanlike way. I don't believe that. Harvey is too much of a professional to do that.
The nose is usually described as broad and flat with with large nostrils. Descriptions have varied from apelike to caucasian looking.
When people see these creatures it is usually for just a few seconds and they don't have time to focus on any details, so their descriptions are usually just a general perception which may be colored by preconceived notions.
The problem is compounded by the fact that there are people who get a kick out of making false reports. There is often no easy way to know if a description is false.
The idea that Bigfoot is a relative of Gigantopithecus started with Bernard Heuvelman. This was taken up by Grover Krantz, who fashioned an entire skull from a jawbone and some teeth using a gorilla skull as a model. He then decided that the creature was bipedal because of the width of the jaw. This then became the model for Bigfoot. I don't believe it.
Until I can see one for myself I will have to rely on the descriptions of witnesses, and there seems to be a lot of room for artistic license. I tend to draw my pictures of Bigfoot with the idea that these creatures are closely related to humans. That means I may be giving them a little too much likeness to humanity, but most drawings of bigfoot heretofore have taken the ape model which I think is wrong. Hopefully we'll live to see what Bigfoot really looks like.
William Mayes

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sure Looks Like a Bigfoot to Me

It seems that a documentary on Caribou and Reindeer called "Great North" has accidentally caught an image of a Bigfoot in the background. Apparently no one knew about it till some Bigfoot enthusiast spotted it and spread the word. See BFRO for the lowdown.
William Mayes

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I've lived in the woods and came to know and understand the creatures that inhabit it. I have compassion for all God's creatures, most especially the creature known whimsically as "bigfoot", since he is more like us than any other. I am now an old man and unable to run around in the woods. If I were able I would be out there right now trying to prove his existence. I started this blog to try to express some of the ideas and speculations I have had on bigfoot. I am not into bigfoot social events. I don't gossip about other bloggers. I try to keep myself informed of events. My ideas and opinions are my own and I make no apology for them. They are not written in stone and I welcome any and all civil comments. I am looking for the truth, not fame.