Without A Body Bigfoot Should Not Be Categorized As a Hominid
Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor, Damian Bravo, a Sasquatch believer. You can join Damian's group Sasquatch Lives? on Facebook and the group's official page at www.sasquatchlives.com.
Evolution of a species and its adaptation to its environment has been the most plausible answer to the way many species look today. At one time in the early beginnings of evolution the creatures we see today came from what I call, a genetically caused big bang evolution, which altered the gamma of the species we have found and know today. Yet what many of us do not realize is that the traces of that event and the connections the hominoid species has to the moment mammals successfully propagated themselves on Earth is at our fingers. If Bigfoot is a species that successfully adapted through mutations in its evolutionary path, then this creature’s survival, if it exists, would give us answers to how another species has adapted with similar traits as possibly another hominid species.
In my article “Bigfoot and the Sloth Connection”, I wrote about a fantastical hypothesis that Bigfoot may be an evolutionary descendent of the extinct giant Sloth and possible not another Hominid. Let’s take a look why I think this could be possible and that this species may not be what some think it should be.
Simple traces within us and other species can be found to connect us to that moment when millions of years ago the earth had few choices of life forms in its gene pool. Let’s take a look at one particular morphological aspect that many mammalians have, good old fingers and toes. Even horses had toes instead of hoofs at one time. Horses and other equids are called odd-toed ungulates of the order Perissodactyla, a group of mammals that was dominant during the Tertiary period, which occurred 45 to 55 million years ago. This order of mammalians contained 14 families, but only three have survived, the horse, tapir and the rhinoceros. If Bigfoot is a species yet to be discovered and its origins was part of this evolutionary big bang, then it is possible that he might indeed have certain hominid traits but actually be something else, and not an alien like some may think. Within all this, without a specimen we just cannot assume the exact mammalian order Bigfoot will belong to.
|The evolution of the horse hoof from bottom to top|
We may ask ourselves why we have for example 5 toes, no less or no more. If we take a look at the morphology of the human foot, we have big broad stable feet compared to other animals to accommodate our locomotion and bipedalism. This type of feature helps us balance, as opposed to a cats foot which is designed for running or a rabbits for jumping (Long and narrow). It is because our ancestors have never had to jump or run to survive that we have the feet we have today. This is the same with toes, 5 toes on each foot provides us with optimal balance. Think about it.... when you walk, what last touches the ground? Your toes. They go at the angle they go in and from big to small, to keep us from tripping and falling. Interestingly, if we did not have toes and just had the ball of the foot, we could actually walk yet our balance would be affected, so running would cause us to fall off balance every time.
If the supposed species of Bigfoot has been part of this mammalian evolution of what some species are today, then we must be careful to categorize this supposed species as a hominid. I disagree that automatically with must assume if we see certain physical traits on a creature, it must be from the primate order. The countless mammals known today are connected in an origin that diversified each specific know order to adapt to its particular ever changing environment.
Many Paleontologists believe that the ancestor of all mammals and reptiles was a fish that had bony fins (an example of such a "living fossil" is the coelacanth, discovered several decades ago). Certain species of fish, hundreds of millions of years ago, had an arrangement of eight bones in their fins. Our fishy ancestor that one day had the capability to breath above water and crawled up onto land, by chance happened to have five bones in their fins. Those mammals and reptiles that have less than five digits lost digits as an adaptation to their environment. Humans could probably have done just as well with a fishy ancestor that had four fin bones, or six bones.
If one day we do get the chance to examine the physical body of Bigfoot, I think we will be surprised to find what exactly this creature truly is. As of yet not one DNA study has proven empirically that Bigfoot is a hominid, it surprises me how many people already believe what some are seen in the wilderness of North America and other parts of the world is another species of undiscovered hominoid. Like in any theory many variables must be considered before a species is categorized in a specific order. Even today certain species have been re-categorized to other subspecies or orders as science learns more about the structure DNA and what exactly makes living things what they are.
Once (if and when) we acquire a specimen of Bigfoot, we can place this supposed species in its proper order in the evolutionary tree if it truly does exist. As I look for the truth and evidence of this creature’s existence, I learn something new every day in my quest for answers in the enigma of Bigfoot. Yet if we already assume that what some are seeing is possibly a hominid closely related to us, I would think it would be careless of us to make assumptions of certain physical aspects of what exactly a Bigfoot is, without a proper in-depth biological study of its anatomy to prove such conclusions.