Thursday, January 3, 2008


Q: "Why aren't there any Sasquatch bones found?"

Why had no bones been found for any of the recently discovered species in the mountains between Laos and Vietnam? In addition to the rarity of these animals, the regions in question are often sparsely populated and a handful of hunters or loggers aren't going to cover every inch. If they do stumble across bones, are they going to immediately recognize them once they've been disarticulated, broken, scattered by scavengers and ultimately buried beneath the accumulated debris of the forest? Will they possess the training to discern the differences between the femur of one species and that of another? Will they even care?

Or perhaps they bury their dead. We know nothing of any social organization or rituals they may have. Perhaps the elderly, infirmed or injured stay close to a troop that cares for them and, if necessary, buries their remains to either honor or, at the very least, protect them from scavengers. Even early humans buried their dead beneath rock cairns and loose soil. Perhaps like elephants, these creatures have collective "cemeteries." A necropolis of sasquatch remains may lie hidden somewhere beyond the reach of man - perhaps at higher, inaccesible elevations or beneath us in uncharted caverns.

The best answer though might just be that some do claim to have found the bones of Sasquatch.* However, these often end up being identified as something else. But at least a few remain "unknown." Albeit, they aren't usually given more than a cursory visual examination. However, if under further analysis any specimen remains unidentified, we may find ourselves with a significant piece of evidence.

Until such a time when physical remains or compelling DNA is collected, we will be left solely with the trace evidence that has, up to this point, been wholly inadequate at drawing the interest of the greater scientific community. It is a problem we can attribute as much to hoaxes as to any dogma on the part of scientists.
*I tend to use Sasquatch and Bigfoot much like the word Sheep, in that it is both singular and plural. Since Webster doesn't weigh in on the plural and no standard has been established, I feel confident in using the word in this manner. Sue me. :-D

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