Editor’s Note: Jonathan Poulsen has been researching the Sasquatch since 2008, but really involved himself heavily in 2011. He has since devoted his life to the near impossible challenge of verifying the existence of the Sasquatch. Shawn refers to him as the Bigfoot encyclopedia.
In an interview with the Discovery channel, Matt Moneymaker made the following statement: "They (Sasquatch sightings) do not radiate out of Africa, as you would expect for an African primate line, like Hominids. There are no sightings in Africa or Europe, for example".
Nothing could be further from the truth. Even in recent years activity in Europe, although not as defined as in North America, has occurred with a 2009 video of a Yeti in Poland and a 2011 video from Ukraine. Turn back the clock about 500 years and you'll discover folkloric traces of the infamous Wildman; a primitive human that dwells on the fringes of civilization. It's unclear whether the Wildman is supposed to be a singular figure or a tribe of individuals, although some drawings do depict multiple Wildmen (usually it's referred to as just the Wildman, not a Wildman). Also note that some Almas sightings allegedly take place within countries of Europe.
It's possible that these Wildmen are descendants of Neandertal man, whose prominent stomping grounds were at one point Europe. In Africa, the place of origin for our species and ancestors, tall hair-covered giants have been reported many a time. Now, in North America many shove Sasquatch sightings aside claiming that the witness simply mistook a bear standing on it's hind legs for a bipedal ape. So in Africa, it would make even more sense for a witness to make the mistake that a gorilla standing erect is an unknown hominid, right? Nope, you see most Africans are greatly in touch with their local fauna, more so than North Americans. Multiple versions of what we call 'Bigfoot' are reported to inhabit the jungles of Africa, among these are the Agogwe (a 3 ft. tall hairy dwarf), Tano Giants (12 ft. tall scantly clad animals), and Koolookambas (the latter of these three is thought to be a chimpanzee-gorilla hybrid).
So could these animals exist in modern day Europe? Seems unlikely, but there still exist some mountainous regions on the continent. What about Africa? This is far more probable. The genus Australopithecus originated in Africa about 4 million years ago, and although at one time it was thought that there was only one type of hominid living at a time, science generally accepts that several species (or maybe even genera) of hominid co-existed. So why would we be the only surviving member of this line? In all probability, we're most likely not.