Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, is the name given to a hominid-like creature that inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Sasquatch is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid, aking to the Yeti of the Hymalaias. The term sasquatch is an anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq'ets.
Genus - Possibly Gigantopithecus or Paranthropus
Common Names - Sasquatch, Bigfoot
A large hominid, covered in red or brown fur, of about eight feet in height and weighing as much as 500 pounds, the Sasquatch is thought to be somehow related to the Yeti. Both are described as emitting a foul odor.
Sasquatch has a very pronounced eyebrow ridge similar to chimpanzees or gorillas, and a crest running along the top of its head. It can reasonably be assumed that this sagittal crest serves as the attachment of powerful jaw muscles.
Footprint castings taken from Sasquatch prints show that its feet can be as long as 24 inches and as wide as eight inches.
Multiple Native tribes from the Pacific Northwest have stories and names for large “Wild-men” from before European contact. It is assumed that Sasquatch have lived in North America, especially the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, for centuries, if not millennia.
Modern interest was piqued in the 1950s, following an increase in interest in the Yeti and a 1958 photograph of a Sasquatch footprint taken by Eric Shipton.
No living or dead specimen have been caught in the last 100 years, but the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization regularly sends expeditions and provides resources for individual explorers.
"Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization." Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2014.http://www.bfro.net/
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