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Other names: See below
Scientific names: Paranthropus eldurrelli (Strasenburgh, 1971), Gigantopithecus canadensis (Krantz, 1985), Australopithecus canadensis (Krantz, 1985), Gigantanthropus canadensis (Krantz, 1985)
Country reported: Canada, United States

Bigfoot or the sasquatch (Halkomelen: "timber giant"[1]) is a cryptid hominid reported primarily from the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the United States, as well as much of the rest of the North American continent.[1][2][3]

Bigfoot is perhaps the world's most famous cryptid, and is certainly one of the best-documented and most regularly sighted, due to its fairly close proximity to well-developed areas.

Bigfoot-like animals are reported from across North America, and have been given various names such as wood apes, North American apes, and hairy bipeds.[1] Notable examples of these cryptids, which may or may not be simply regional bigfoot populations, include the skunk ape, the Ohio grassman, and the Fouke monster.[2]

EtymologyEdit

The name "Bigfoot" was coined by Humboldt Times columnist Andrew Genzoli on 5 October 1958, after the discovery of a series of large tracks near Bluff Creek in northern California.[1] "Sasquatch" is an anglicization of the Halkomelen word "sokqueatl" or "sossq'tal", meaning "timber giant", and was first used by J. W. Burns in the 1920's.[1]

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1771Edit

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1906Edit

Old Yellow Top was first reported in September 1906 by a group of men building the head frame of the Violet Mine, east of Cobalt.[4]

1907Edit

1923Edit

Another sighting of Old Yellow Top was reported in July 1923 from near Cobalt. He was allegedly seen by two prospectors who thought he was a bear, until they threw a stone and he stood up on two legs:

"Mr. J. A. MacAuley and Mr. Lorno Wilson claim they have seen the "Pre-Cambrian shield man"; while working on their mining claims North and East of the Wettlaufer Mine, near Cobalt. This is the second time in seventeen years that a hairy ape-like creature nicknamed "Old Yellow Top"; because of a light colored mane has been seen in the district. The two prospectors said they were taking test samples from their claim property when they spotted what looked like a bear picking in a blueberry patch. Mr. Wilson said he threw a stone at the creature. He said, "It kind of stood up and growled at us, then ran away. It sure was like no bear I have ever seen. Its head was kind of yellow and the rest of it was black, like a bear, all covered with hair.""[4]

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A third sighting of Old Yellow Top occured in April 1947:

""Old Yellow-Top", the half-man, half beast that is supposed to be roaming the wilds around the Cobalt Mining Camp, was supposedly seen again by a woman and her son who live near Gillies Depot, while they were walking the tracks into Cobalt. The woman, who did not want her name made public, said she noticed a dark hairy animal with a "light" head ambling off the tracks into the bush near Gillies Lake. She said she did not get a clear look at the thing, but said it walked very much like a man. The sighting is the third such report to be made since 1906, or 1947. A search party was formed to try to find "Old Yellow-Top"."[5]

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See also: Patterson-Gimlin film

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The fourth and final sighting of Old Yellow Top occured in August 1970:

"Twenty seven miners on their way to work the graveyard shift at Cobalt Lode could have lost their lives when the bus in which they were riding went out of control and almost plunged down a nearby rock cut. Bus driver Amos Latreille, who has been driving the route for the last four months, said a dark form, which walked across the road in front of him, startled him. "At first, I thought it was a big bear. But then it turned to face the headlights, and I could see some light hair almost down to its shoulders. It couldn't have been a bear." Although no one was hurt, Mr. Latreille said he did not know if he would continue to drive the bus. "I have heard of this thing before, but never believed it. Now I am not so sure." One of the miners at the front of the bus said he caught a brief glimpse of the creature. Larry Cormack said it "looked like a bear to me at first, but it didn't walk like one. It was kind of all stooped over. Maybe it was a wounded bear, I don't know." Mr. Cormack added that he did not believe that "Pre-Cambrian Shield Man" existed anyway. "My father used to talk about it, but I've seen it close up," he pointed out."[6]

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Further cryptozoological readingEdit

  • Redfern, Nick (2015) The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. 2.0 2.1 Coleman, Loren & Clark, Jerome (1999) Cryptozoology A to Z
  3. Redfern, Nick (2015) The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Pre Cambrian Shield Man Seen by Two Prospectors" North Bay Nugget, 27 July 1923
  5. "'Old Yellow-Top' Reported Seen in Coleman Township" North Bay Nugget, 16 April 1947
  6. "Third Appearance by Pre Cambrian Shield Man" North Bay Nugget, 5 August 1970