H. Heidelbergensis and Sasquatch
Editor’s Note: Michael Higgins is 28 years old, Texas born, Oklahoman. He is an advocate and a firm believer of the Squatch. He has witnessed one of the big guys or gals near a powerline trail in Honobia, Oklahoma. Michael is a realism artist interested in doing sasquatch sketches for eyewitnesses. You can visit his blog at okiesquatchartist.blogspot.com.
I'm no expert in the study of human evolution, nor do I pretend to be. I have done a small amount of research and theorized as to which of our ancestors the Squatch is a shoot-off of or possibly even could be. While conducting my research I found that one of our ancestors, at times, was just a tad bit bigger than everybody else. According to Dr. Lee Berger, a professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, some populations of Homo heidelbergensis grew to heights in excess of 7 feet. H. heidelbergensis, it seems, was also more robust than modern humans and had a cranial capacity similar to that of modern humans. Their bodies were made for hunting the large animals of the Middle Pleistocene at close range, possibly even wrestling down their prey.
Our rather large ancestors are said to possibly be the species that modern humans evolved from. From what I understand, H. heidelbergensis originated in Africa. Some populations migrated to Europe and developed shorter, stockier bodies, eventually evolving into Homo neanderthalensis. The Neanderthals eventually became extinct. H. heidelbergensis in Africa eventually evolved into Homo sapiens. Now, lets theorize for a moment. This particular ancestor evolved into not one, but two separate species of the genus Homo. Could they have evolved into another? Anything is possible. What if, this species of man not only evolved into yet another species, but also developed traits that it took to survive the Middle Pleistocene? What if, instead of losing the traits, such as large body sizes, hairy bodies, nocturnal lives, etc., they kept the traits because they worked? These traits, allowed this species of man to elude the destructive nature of their cousins, H. sapiens.
Its possible. This is only theoretical. And I wouldn't be surprised if I was completely wrong. However, I put my artistic skills to use on this one. Using the famous Atapuerca 5 H. heidelbergensis skull as a reference, I drew a partial side profile of a sasquatch face. To me, it fits perfect. There is a sagittal crest. There is a large cranial capacity. The top of brow ridge immediately recedes instead of forming a forehead. The large orbital bones house large eyes. Throw on some squatchy hair and you have something similar to eyewitness descriptions.