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  1. Technically, a scientist is anyone who applies the scientific method when investigating a hypothesis. There were scientists long before there were scientific organizations, degrees, and scientific awards. Is an amateur astronomer who discovers an asteroid barreling toward Earth any less an astronomer than someone with a PhD in the science? The amateur is probably using a better telescope than Galileo had. On the other hand, is Bill Nye, the "Science Guy", really a climate scientist? After all, he only has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. The real question is: "What does society currently accept as reasonable qualifications for a "Scientist"? And the answer may vary from field to field, subject to subject, and political viewpoint to political viewpoint. Unfortunately; advanced degrees, experience, and resources are accompanied by a healthy portion of hubris.
  2. So who did this before ocean levels rose? http://www.academia.edu/3779666/Ancient_Canal_Builders_-_Overview
  3. Or it's political. For so long anthropology has defined tool creation as a primary characteristic of Homo OnMyWaytoSapiens, that they have to in some way downplay tool creation by species that they don't or don't want to consider human. They should make a movie about apes getting smart and becoming a problem.
  4. I'd take Joe Sixpack over the city boy any day, and if Joe Sixpack hunts regularly, I'd give him the same credibility as the biologist. No one is prepared for a first encounter, and people who live on the land generally have better knowledge of it than someone who does not, no matter what their education level. It is a bias to consider rural people to be less intelligent or reliable than any other group of people.
  5. Anything that ends in ology is open to interpretation and revision. Ology does not mean "the science of...", it means "the study of..." Includes Anthropology.
  6. I'd think that the vegetation along the roadside would get more sunlight later into the fall season and earlier in the spring. Better eating along the road then.
  7. I don't think they venerate animals. They certainly consume all of a bite-sized animal, I would assume in one gulp. Dogs, cats, possums, etc, they probably leave the bigger bones. It's been repeatedly reported that they will kill deer for a few choice bits, such as the liver.
  8. A squatch using a car to kill a deer for it is interesting and reminded me of something I shared a while back. My mother relayed to me a first hand story from a relative in Colorado about three years ago. He works as high end electronics installer out of Denver and had a job to perform an installation in Kremmling one morning. He got up well before dawn to make the drive up the mountain. As he got to the outskirts of Kremmling he was early and pulled his van over to idle on the side of the road and eat something while the sun came up. He'd been sitting there about five minutes, and as the light improved he could make out about a dozen mounds lying on both sides of the road around him. He realized that they were all dead deer. It was at a point where there was a curve as the road came down a steep hill out of Kremmling and his first thought was that a semi had been coming down the hill just as the herd was crossing the road and hit a bunch of them. Right about then he saw something large in his right side mirror as it moved up and slammed the side of his van so hard that the vehicle's weight shifted almost completely to the left wheels. He'd encountered a squatch before and it scared the heck out of him. He dropped his sandwich, shifted into drive, and took off.
  9. A male observer, perhaps, isn't as likely to notice male genitalia on a squatch, unless it is, for some transient reason, "prominent". It was the last thing I would have thought to look for. That said, I've found that adult males and females are readily distinguishable within 100 yards. The males I've encountered had triangular upper bodies, with broad chests and shoulders and comparatively narrow waists. Their abdominal musculature was also very clear underneath their hair. The females were more barrel shaped with their chests, hips, and waists about the same width. The adult female I got the closest look at had unmistakable human shaped, and very large, breasts. She was clearly much younger than Patty, and based on the unrelieved fullness and lack of sagging of her anatomy, it appeared that she was very near delivery. Her abdomen was only about as distended, though, as that of a human female in her second trimester. This leads me to speculate that newborn squatch aren't as proportionately larger than newborn humans as adult squatch are proportionally larger to adult humans. If so, childbirth would pose less of a risk to a female squatch than it does to a female human, and this makes sense to me from a natural selection perspective.
  10. I'm not saying deer, or squatch, can't see UV, but natural UV at night is fairly sparse, about as sparse as visible light. It can only come from sunlight reflected by the moon, starlight, or artificial sources.
  11. Hmmm.... Seems they pharmacological sophistication of the Neanderthals as described in Clan of the Cave Bear (the book, not the movie) has some truth in it.
  12. I recall something to the effect that she claimed some sort of prurient interaction with Squatch at a habituation site after her article was published.
  13. with regard to the OP, didn't Ketchum suggest that she had some experience with this?
  14. One thing to consider is that body odors and pheromones would be easier to smell without clothing - assuming that the clothing hasn't been worn for a few weeks straight.
  15. It's been over thirty years since I've been to the place in Northern California where I had regular encounters, but that location hasn't changed. No building or other development. I think it is probably still a prime location and plan to return there, assuming I ever get time. The locations in Lemmon Valley, Nevada may no longer qualify. The valley has seen significant development and is very highly, as opposed to sparsely populated, now. The undeveloped areas moving Northeast along the Western side of Pyramid Lake, through the Pah Rum Mountain Cluster, and on into Southern Idaho are probably still used as a travel route. The common theme to these areas is that they would qualify as oases within their broader environment. Lemmon Valley was a seasonal travel route (mid-summer) through arid high desert. This means that areas along the route with easy access to water were stop-over points. Where there was water, there was also food in the form of more succulent vegetation for direct consumption and to support prey animals like deer and jack rabbits. There was also an abundance of "snack food" in these areas like lizards, snakes, cicadas, rodents, and small birds. The human communities around these developed water sources also provided gardens, pets, and other food sources. The family group that used to come through would stay for up to six weeks so long as food was plentiful, apparently staying in the hills just above the community. The spot in Northern California was a high forested plateau bounded by three peaks. Within this high plateau there were about two dozen small lakes, one developed campsite, and two or three hiking or jeep trails. The lakes along the trails were stocked with fish every couple of years and still are. There was a lot of activity there and the family group, again, appeared to hang out one hill away from the campsite and trail with the stocked lakes. We had encounters there from May through September, but those were just the months that we were in the area. The family group may be there year round for all I know. Point is, though, that the high forested plateau provided plenty of water, food, secure areas with multiple easy infiltration and exfiltration routes, hills providing vantage points to observe human activity, and a pleasant summer climate. It was an ideal spot within what is generally considered Squatch habitat. I think that an experienced operative like yourself, FarArcher, could identify potential oases in areas where there is a history of encounters through simple map reconnaissance. That narrows things down considerably.
  16. Some believe that Homo Heidelbergensis could be closely related to bigfoot.
  17. You have to consider human activity cycles as well. If a Squatch knocks a tree over in the forest and no one is there to see it, is there a sighting? The cycles are a combination of human and Squatch variables.
  18. There's no doubt in my mind that the giant Indians and bigfoot are different species. The Mark Twain Museum in Virginia City, Nevada had three partially mummified Si-Te-Cah skeletons in display in the '60s and '70s. Distinctly different. That said, suppose your local law enforcement agency gets notified of a partially exposed skeleton of a very large man in the woods. How are they going to treat it? Most likely a bigfoot skeleton will be treated as an unusually large John Doe. I recall one such report in the paper a couple of decades ago. The article specifically mentioned certain deformities that the coroner wrote off as gigantism. The presumed unfortunate hunter had no belongings to facilitate identification and there were no missing person reports of someone of that stature in the region.
  19. And amidst all this doom and gloom deer are overpopulating and bears, coyotes, wolves, cougars are expanding their ranges, moving back into states where they were once eradicated. Even wolverines and the rare fisher are being spotted again. In the U.S. either the die off folks are wrong or the resurgent animals are wrong. Seems to me that there are always species dying off and there are always species resurging. Nothing to sound an alarm over. I'll put my money on an intelligent, adaptable, mobile hominid to be doing just fine. They don't seem to be constrained by habitat since they are sighted in most types. Clear cut a hill and they move to the next. Then they come back to the clear cut to hunt ungulates feeding on the grass. They're too opportunistic to curl up into a fetal position and wait for the end.
  20. When people start reporting mangy, emaciated bigfoot I'll start to worry about their future. Aside from the occasional individual with an orthopedic injury or an aged bigfoot, reports are generally about healthy, viable members of the species.
  21. Plenty of jurisdictions out there claiming they don't have cougars, in spite of the evidence. And I'm talking the furry kind. There are also a number of reports of bodies or injured bigfoot being policed up by the government. Someone posted a list or chronology a while back. I think it came from the Bigfoot Encounters website.
  22. Does anyone seriously believe that the Government would not try to confiscate a body? If you accept that they exist, then you must accept the probability that the Government is aware of them. And yet, the Government, with the exception of an Army Corps of Engineers publication in the early '70s, has never even acknowledged the possibility of their existence. Why is this? Even the most environmentally friendly administrations have not taken the opportunity to publicly claim the existence of bigfoot as justification for environmental agendas. The general conclusion that I come to from this is that disclosure of the existence of bigfoot has more downside from the Government's perspective than upside.
  23. I don't recall any reports of people becoming ill from being in close proximity to a bigfoot or items that a bigfoot has handled. That said, ticks alone, carrying blood-borne pathogens from a related species would be a risk. The government would do the most expedient thing regarding the disposition of a privately held body. First consideration would be how public the incident has become before they take action. Then, where any laws are in question, you can expect them to argue either side of them, going with the position that best favors them. Perhaps even confiscating the body simply because it might be a biohazard. Also keep the following in mind: Though most encounters with bigfoot are benign, there are reports of aggression, and plenty of wilderness disappearances. Enough that predation upon us cannot be ruled out. Couple this with the probability that the government is not so incompetent that it is oblivious to them, yet chooses not to disclose their existence despite potential predation on humans. This indicates a possible willingness to sacrifice a citizen to maintain the status quo. Should one actually locate a body, one would have to maintain total security and secrecy in extracting, transporting, storing, and studying it until one is prepared to go public. Then one would have to go public suddenly and in a manner that would preclude any attempts by the government to put the genie back in the bottle. By then one should already have a lawyer working proactively on one's defense.
  24. I did come across once a Native American history (1980s modern descendant interviewing her grandfather, who was born in the 1800s), and she asked him about bigfoot. His matter of fact account was that when European diseases were introduced, they impacted the bigfoot population even harder than the Native American population. He commented that for over a couple of generations the Native Americans believed that the bigfoot had been completely wiped out. I haven't been able to relocate the account since. This account suggests that bigfoot are very similar to sapiens sapiens and that their populations have probably taken a long time to recover. Personally, I think that there are more of them every year, which will inevitably lead to their "discovery" by science. Now, Bigfoot: The Walking Dead might be appropriate and breathe a new level of horror back into the franchise.