One of the most famous cryptids has to be Bigfoot, or Sasquatch. A giant humanoid creature, walking upright like a human but covered in hair from head to toe. Footprints have been found, hair samples that defy analysis, sound recordings that don’t seem to come from known animals, even pictures and videos. Evidence is piling up, but so far it’s all circumstantial.
If all the tales were all coming from one region, maybe it could be dismissed as local legend, or genetic aberrations such as gigantism and hypertrichosis. But stories of this creature are told around the world: Sasquatch in Canada, Bigfoot and the Skunk Ape in the USA, Yowie in Australia, Yeti or Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas, Almas in Mongolia, the Yeren in China, the list goes on. People from all around the world are seeing something, so what is it?
A giant ape species known as Gigantopithecus Blacki existed in the Pleistocene era, and may have still been around as little as 100 000 years ago. We know very little of this species, the fossil record consists mainly of partial mandibles and teeth. Researchers have determined that this ape stood up to 10 feet tall and seems to be of the same family as the orangutan, but whether it walked on all fours or was bipedal is unknown since there haven’t been any hip or leg bones discovered. Is G. Blacki an evolutionary ancestor of Sasquatch?
Or does Sasquatch belong to the human species group? Though clearly not Homo Sapiens, he may belong to one of the many branches of our own family tree. Our earliest known ancestor was Sahelanthropus tchadensis, existing 6 million years ago. There have been so many evolutionary advances and offshoots, who’s to say that Sasquatch isn’t a long lost cousin of our own?
Another cryptid vying for top billing on the most famous list is the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie for short. Hailing from Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, Nessie has been sighted over a thousand times since the first recorded sighting in 565 AD. Even earlier, the ancient Picts were carving the image of a strange beast in standing stones across the Scottish countryside.
Possibly a giant sturgeon? These are bottom feeding fish that haven’t changed much since the Triassic period. These are big fish, most averaging 7-12 feet in length with the largest on record measuring an incredible 24 feet long! The reptilian look of the bony plates on their backs match some of the descriptions that have been recorded.
How about an eel? Some of these creatures are known to grow over 10 feet long and many sightings clearly mention a serpentine shape or movement. Eels are definitely very serpentine! Or an oarfish? Rarely seen but found in most oceans, this eel like fish grows up to 36 feet long,