|Entire animal constructed from some teeth and bottom jaw fragments|
BIGFOOT, GIGANTIOPITHECUS, SASQUATCH, ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
Hi guys! What is going on with you all this week? Are you preparing/enjoying for the spring weather in the southern hemisphere or the winter weather in the northern hemisphere? My husband and I are preparing for cooler weather here in North America. Chopping wood, putting up window covers, raking leaves, turning off outside waters etc. One thing we don’t have to do, praise the Lord, is store up food.
But not so for all the wild animals. Many of them do store up for the colder months. Some creatures actually store food in caches they make, others eat tremendous amounts of food and store it as fat within their bodies. Yet others somehow survive the cold winter months hunting for food.
So what does this have to do with Bigfoot, Gigantiopithecus, Sasquatch, or the abominable snowman, you may ask? Well, let’s start with the abominable snowman…
The abominable snowman is also known as Yeti. It is listed in the Encyclopedia Britannica as a “mythical monster supposed to inhabit the Himalayan Mountains at about the level of the snow line. Though reports of actual sightings of such a creature are rare, certain mysterious markings in the snow have traditionally been attributed to it. Those not caused by lumps of snow or stones falling from higher regions and bouncing across the lower slopes have probably been produced by bears. At certain gaits bears place the hindfoot partly over the imprint of the forefoot, thus making a very large imprint that looks deceptively like an enormous
human footprint positioned in the opposite direction.” But people still look for these supposed “animals”. Recently a team of Japanese climbers attempted to track down the Yeti. “Although the climbers spent more than 40 days on Dhaulagiri IV - a 7,661 metre (25,135-foot) peak where they say they have seen traces of yetis in the past - they could not furnish the press with a single photograph of the Yeti.”1 They did however photograph three tracks they claim are the Yeti’s. “In July Yeti hairs were supposedly found in north east India. Upon testing they turned out to belong to a species of Himalayan goat. In August, two men in the US claimed they had found the remains of a half-man-half-ape Bigfoot, which actually turned out to be a rubber gorilla suit.”2
|Supposed “Yeti” footprint on left, human footprint on right|
“One of the most famous of the cryptids is North America’s “bigfoot” or “sasquatch.” These creatures are said to be a population of large, hairy, bipedal primates that inhabit the coniferous wilderness of the United States and Canada. They are thought to range in height from 6.6–9.8 feet and weigh over 500 pounds. They are reported to be extremely muscular and capable of using their ‘hands’ to twist saplings in two. Bigfoots are also believed to be nomadic, active mostly at night, largely solitary, and very shy.
While few in the scientific community give any credit to the existence of giant apes dwelling in North American forests, organizations such as the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization insist that Bigfoot is a real, living creature. This group, run by volunteers, adamantly claims that there is plenty of evidence for bigfoot in the form of hair, stool, footprints, and, of course, sightings. They argue that sightings of bigfoot are a historical phenomenon dating from indigenous peoples of North America until present day. These reported sightings are spread across North America with the majority occurring along the western coast. It is proposed that if Bigfoot is indeed a real—though highly elusive—creature, it is a type of ape.”3
Which brings us to Gigantopithecus. “The literal 1,000-pound gorilla sitting in the corner of a natural history museum, the appropriately named Gigantopithecus was the largest ape that ever lived, not quite King Kong-sized but, at up to half a ton or so, much bigger than your average lowland gorilla. Or, at least, that's the way this prehistoric primate has been reconstructed; frustratingly, practically everything we know about Gigantopithecus is based on its scattered, fossilized teeth and jaws.”4
“Most scientists chalk bigfoot sightings up to misidentifications because of the hype or simply as hoaxes by sensationalists. It does seem highly unlikely that such a
large creature could have managed to remain so elusive when so much effort has been spent over the last 50 years trying to prove its existence. But ultimately, if hard, irrevocable evidence of bigfoot were ever produced, would it be a problem for the biblical worldview? Of course not. “Bigfoot”—like any other animal—would just be another example of a unique creature that is well-designed for its environment.”5
|Bigfoot hoax made CNN news. It turned out to be a halloween costume.|
Most if not all of these Bigfoot/Yeti/Gigantopthecus hunters have been influenced by evolution. Such indoctrination brings about the belief that there may be a half-ape/half-human creature running around out there. If indeed such a discovery did happen, it would not be half human-half ape (because animals can only reproduce after their own kind) but what was believed to be an extinct type of ape. “Such a discovery would be a big surprise to the evolutionary community but would not shock creationists. These creatures would simply showcase the glory of God’s creation and the incredible complexity that He has built into everything that He has made.”6
Until next time, God bless and take care,