The following anatomical profile or summary of bigfoot traits was in large part constructed by statistical analysis of John Green’s database (sasquatchdatabase.com) in conjunction with or supplemented by other evidence, like track finds and hominin fossil evidence in the case of bipedalism for example. More in-depth analysis, including possible limitations of some of the data sets is provided in Bigfoot in Evotionary Perspective. This is only an outline.
Summary of Bigfoot Traits:
- Height significantly beyond average adult male height (by a foot or more).
- Robust build
- Longer arms relative to leg length
- Short to no necked appearance
- Lack of a snout
- Humanlike hands
- Non-divergent big toe (taken directly from track find data)
- Opposable thumb (author (Wilson) analysis, Chapter 10, Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective)
The following traits were also included in the bigfoot anatomical profile, though I cautioned more statistically or scientifically conservative individuals that they may want to refrain from including these until more evidence is at hand. There were some limitations in these data sets (small sets, etc.), though other evidence may have been used to supplement inclusion:
- Brow ridge
- Receding forehead
- Non-protruding abdomen
- Cranium lacking a sagittal crest
The cranium lacking a sagittal crest would be the most controversial trait included in the anatomical profile. I only rated it as “reasonable” in the summary data table (Table 4. 24 book) in Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective as it was inferred from the statistical analysis of two data sets–eyewitness testimony of diet and eyewitness testimony of abdomen appearance.
I examined many other data sets in Green’s database. However, they were either too small, too subjective, contained too many statistically relevant responses, or, based on the psychological literature, were likely candidates for eyewitness error (ex. eyeshine color) so no useful conclusions could be drawn from them.
While some of these traits might seem anticlimatic to the well-versed layman, from an anthropological perspective they are profound. They can be used to fit bigfoot into the hominin historical timeline, and approximately illustrate when Homo sapiens and bigfoot last shared a common ancestor. (See hominin historical timelines)
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