Why does the Bigfoot myth persist

Some researchers suspect that Bigfoot - like the Yeti - are survivors of the giant ape Gigantopithecus. Not much is known about this species, which became extinct about 120,000 years ago, because the only fossil finds from Central Asia so far are limited to molars and remains of the jaw. And should Bigfoot actually be a Gigantopithecus, the question remains how the species could have spread to North America. It is more likely that it is a bear. Brown or grizzly bears can move on two legs - in the dark of the woods one of them could have looked like an eerie giant.

Successes in cryptozoology

For most scientists, Bigfoot belongs to the realm of mythical creatures along with its Asian relatives. There is no evidence to unequivocally support its existence. Nevertheless, belief in it is maintained - for example through cryptozoology. Representatives of this controversial scientific discipline consider creatures such as the Bigfoot, the Yeti, but also the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland to be previously undiscovered animal species - so-called cryptids.

Anthropologists and zoologists do not take cryptozoology research seriously. They consider them dubious because they believe that scientific methods are ignored. Nevertheless, the strictly traditional scientific community had to make some concessions to cryptozoology: for example, they considered the okapi, the Komodo dragon, the coelacanth and mountain gorillas to be pure fantasy stories by locals - until they were discovered in the twentieth century. Cryptozoologists feel that these discoveries confirm their research concerns. Whether one day they will be able to prove the existence of Bigfoot remains to be seen for the time being.