|The Bigfoot Discovery Project (BDP) accepts the Patterson/Gimlin Film of Oct 20, 2020 as THE type specimen for the Northwestern Bigfoot or Sasquatch. The BDP will add to the dialogue on the implications of the impending "discovery of bigfoot" by Western science and the general public, while offering hypotheses as to bigfoot's place in the biological and social order.
If the anthropologists are right, the only thing separating us from the forest giants is our culture. So let's revel in our humanness while acknowledging the beauty of the bigfoot's minimalistic, yet ecologically sound interactions with Mother Earth.
The BDP will seek to facilitate the discovery of bigfoot by sharing information, and attempting to "flesh out" the hairy bipeds dossier. There is a large enough database of sightings and encounters now available to create a hypothetical "profile" of the bigfoot creatures. Accepting the P/G film as genuine, we have a model to compare with verbal descriptions in an effort to get a consensus on the bigfoot's physical characteristics as well.
This will be done against a backdrop of local history, as this area was once home to bigfoot, as were all the forests of the Pacific coast, and beyond. CapriTaurus has been an arts and crafts gallery, a folk music center and manufacturer of musical instruments. Now its the home of the Bigfoot Discovery Project.
The new CapriTaurus "complex," once complete, will include exhibits of local history, unidentified hairy bipeds, and folk music. It will house a research library of books, periodicals, and tapes on subjects ranging from ABSMs to UFOs alongside art, handcrafts and collectibles. We hope that a visit here will "edutain" you, and help to open your eyes and mind to things you may not have thought about before.
Comments from the Curator:
a.k.a. Homo floresiensis
by Michael Rugg
Bones of a gracile hominid were found September 2003 in a cave in Liang Bua, on the Indonesian island of Flores. The most complete skeleton was that of a 30 yr old female 3'3" tall and similar in build to the australopithecine "Lucy" but decidedly of the genus Homo. The skeleton was only 18,000 ya (but others went back as far as 95,000 ya) and had not yet fossilized. It could also be said that "Florrie" fit the physical description of the local Littlefoots, the ebu gogo.
Gregory Forth, an anthropologist from the University of Alberta in Canada says the stories of the ebu gogo have much in common with other "legendary" wildmen, such as the abom-inable snowman and bigfoot. The contemporary inhabitants of the island, the Nage of central Flores describe them as being diminutive hairy bipeds. Village elders say they exterminated the ebu gogo, all but a single pair that escaped into the deepest forest, and survive there to this day.
It has been suggested that the littlefoot people got small via "endemic dwarfing," an adaptive process wherein animals trapped on an island swap sizes over time (e.g. elephants get smaller while rats gets bigger). The implications are that unique and diverse species of humans might have evolved elsewhere in the archipelago of Indonesia, perhaps from sea faring Homo erectus that landed on the islands, much as birds and tortoises evolved in unique ways on the various Galapagos Islands. This would be a first for the genus Homo, whose adaptive devices thus far noted have been culture and technology, but apparently NOT morphology.
There is some controversy between anthropol-ogists over the makers of the stone tools found on the site. The discoverers say that Littlefoot was a Hobbit; a tool using mini human. Other anthropologists suggest the tools were more likely made by homo erectus. Forth points to the descriptions of the Nage, who characterized the ebu gogo as hairy wildmen, with no tools or apparent culture. Does that sound familiar?
The lesson here may be that local ethnic histories (sometimes referred to as myths or legends by non-experiencers) may offer more truths than previously suspected, for divining the complete picture of a fossil hominid's physiology and lifestyle. As Forth states, "Rather than simply assuming that these traditions are as fantastical as Tolkien's fiction, the challenge for social anthropologists is to discover the correct relationship between the paleontological and ethnographic images and the true source of their resemblance."
(see the article by Gregory Forth in Anthropology Today Vol21 No3 June 2005 pp. 13-17)
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Museum Newsletter Archive
Here are past issues of our Museum Newsletter. Become a member and receive the newsletter when it is first published, along with an overview of the activities of the Museum Study Group (meeting minutes). Non-Members will have access to past issues here, which will be posted monthly (with a delay of two months). Nonmembers will not have access to the meeting minutes.
Vol 1 No 1 May 2005 Premiere Issue (1 MB .pdf)
Vol 1 No 2 June 2005 Bellingham Conference (1.4 MB .pdf)
Vol 1 No 3 July 2005 Zayante Habitat (1.1 MB .pdf)
Vol 1 No 4 August 2005 School Visit (790 kb .pdf)
Vol 1 No 5 September 2005 Marx-Biscardi (788kb)
Vol 1 No 6 October 2005 Patterson-Gimlin (876kb .pdf)
Vol 1 No 7 November 2005 Bluff Creek (1.3 MB .pdf)
Vol 1 No 8 December 2005 Historical Archives (1.3 MB .pdf)
Vol 1 No 9 January 2006 John Green Trip (1.10 MB .pdf)
Vol 1 No 10 Febuary 2006 Pee Wee Herman (1.0 MB .pdf )
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