While conspiracy theorists and those generally assumed to be crazy argue about Bigfoot, Sasquatch or some other giant, hairy beast they might have seen, there is actually an organization working to get to the bottom of the Bigfoot mystery. Called BFRO, which stands for the Bigfoot Field Research Organization, they describe themselves as “the only scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery.” While they put in time and energy looking to get to the bottom of this mystery, some other scientists more grounded in reality are suggesting a plausible answer for Bigfoot. Perhaps “Bigfoot” did exist at one time and the myth is what has sparked people to believe they could catch a glimpse of the creature.
Of course, while organizations like BFRO spend time on this conspiracy, others have a more plausible answer for Bigfoot. Perhaps he did exist, but not like people see him today. Instead, scientists point towards gigantopithecus, a 10 foot tall, 1,200 lb. giant, hairy ape that went extinct many hundred thousand years ago. In fact, the images that scientists have of this species very closely resemble the description that people have for Bigfoot. But, how exactly does this scientific finding lead people to see him today?
While this extinct species might explain what Bigfoot was, how does it deal with the sighting claims? The best answer to this is perhaps the power of suggestion. When people hear a story enough times, it starts to blur the line between fantasy and reality. If they believe something enough, they can start to think they see it. For instance, you and a few friends might pull a prank by pointing to the water and insist that something strange is moving off in the distance. The victim of the prank can’t see anything at first, but as you describe it and he concentrates on where you are pointing, all of a sudden he sees a glimpse of movement. Now, he believes he saw exactly what you were pointing to when in reality there was nothing to see. In other words, these people believe Bigfoot is out there to find, so they start to see him.
For arguments sake, one could possibly claim that perhaps not all gigantopithecus actually went extinct. After all, there are still species of ocean-life that are being discovered that were previously thought to be extinct, so why not land animals too? Unfortunately, this logic is notably weak for a couple of reasons. First, there are still large parts of the ocean that are completely unexplored, whereas these sightings of Bigfoot typically take place in areas that are quite well-explored. Second, the gigantopithecus is believed to have been extinct for hundreds of thousands of years (that’s 100,00’s), which would make a single surviving member (or even just a handful of surviving members) very unlikely. Still, however improbably this answer for Bigfoot may seem, perhaps there is a tiny chance…