Black, gray, and white illustration of Bigfoot. Gray text on bottom.
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Big Foot is often described, and reported, as being a large ape-like creature between seven and ten feet tall, weighing approximately 500 pounds. The creature is a biped and is thought to mainly reside in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Most scientists believe that Bigfoot is a combination of hoax, folklore, and misidentification. Those that have witnessed Bigfoot claim that the creature has a strong and unpleasant odor and large eyes and brow ridge. There, to this day, as not been any scientific evidence presented that Big Foot actually exists. There have been some speculations about Big Foot’s ties to prehistoric populations called Gigantopithecus. Although no fossils of this species have been found in North America it is possible that the species migrated across the Bering Straight like other populations. Nonetheless, the Gigantopithecus theory is, for all intents and purposes, extremely speculative as well. Although there have been instances of proposed “evidence” concerning the existence of Big Foot, there is still no scientific evidence. For example, the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, which is so well known, still provides no solid data or evidence that Big Foot exists. Regardless of the lack of scientific evidence, Big Foot definitely exists as a popular culture phenomenon. Big Foot has existed in American popular culture for over forty-five years and will continue to be a recognizable icon.