4.7 – ALIENS & BIGFOOT (3.23.12)

MYSTERY TRACKS [8b]

Mount Everest. November 9, 1951. On the Menlung Glacier at an altitude of 18,000 feet, British explorers Eric Shipton and Michael Ward came across a mile-long trail of unusual footprints. Not expecting to find humans in this remote corner of the mountain, the climbers examined the prints to determine what made them. To their surprise, the footprints were in the shape of a large human-like-foot – one roughly twice the normal size.

“The footprints suggest that we’re dealing with a large primate – one that shares with us not only they have been walking on two legs – but has some superficial resemblance in its foot to our footprints, only much larger scale, but different from the other great apes in the lack of a divergent big toe, suggesting they’re adapted to a wholly terrestrial environment, living on the ground.”

    – Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anatomy & Anthropology, Idaho State Univ.)

Photographs brought back from the expedition launched a media sensation and marked the beginning of the Bigfoot phenomena. But where do these giant footprints come from? Could they be a hoax? Or is there some mysterious unknown creature living in the remote wilderness? According to the histories and myths of the Himalayan region, one such ape-like creature is the yeti, more commonly known as the Abominable Snowman.

“The notorious Himalayan yeti, it’s often described as being less than six feet in height, much more aggressive when encountered.”

– Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anatomy & Anthropology, Idaho State Univ.)

“All of these sightings really make for a creature which seems to be hiding from us, a creature which is hiding in plain sight, and obviously the direct evidence comes in the form of its footprint, hence why it’s quite often referred to as Bigfoot.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“People often ask: why don’t we catch Bigfoot? Bigfoot could be some sort of supernatural creature like a phantom, you know. If Bigfoot is, however, a flesh and blood animal, then I would have to say their numbers would have to be few and far in-between.”

– Nick Redfern (Author, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter),
(The Real Men in Black), (Final Events),
(The World’s Weirdest Places),
(Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind),
(Bloodline of the Gods), (The NASA Conspiracies),
(On the Trail of the Saucer Spies:
UFOs and Government Surveillance)

Since the Mount Everest discovery, there have been numerous sightings of large ape-like creatures on every continent, many clustered in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States, including Mount Shasta, in Northern California.

“In 1979, I was up on the side of Mount Shasta, on the foothills, trying to get to the base of the mountain. It was so dense and so tough. As we’re standing there, we heard this crashing sound. Simultaneously, we smelt this awful smell, I mean, it was foul but what was horrifying was, whatever it was coming at us through this impenetrable hedge, and then we heard the most bloodcurdling combination of an elephant trumpeting, a lion roaring. And it was so loud, it had bounced off the foothills two miles away. That was probably the most terrified I’ve been in my life, and the next thing I knew, we were heading down the mountain almost skidding off corners.”

– Christopher O’Brien
(UFO Investigator / Author, Stalking the Trickster)

“I had heard from sheriffs about a rancher in Montana who had gone out to go hunting, comes around a ridge, has an eight-foot-tall, reddish brown, primate-looking, long-haired creature standing right in front of him. Picks up a 30-06 and just fires. And the creature disappeared in a flash of light. If the Sasquatch, when a bullet is shot at it, disappears in a flash of light, then what in the world are we dealing with and what do they want?”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

Why is the creature known as Bigfoot so difficult to capture or kill? Could it be, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists contend, that the creature’s ghost-like abilities are the result of its otherworldly origin?

“Many Sasquatch researchers have noted that there’s a connection between UFO activity and Bigfoot activity. In fact, Bigfoot has been seen coming out of some UFO flying saucer craft. You have to wonder if, somehow, Bigfoot himself isn’t some kind of extraterrestrial.”

– David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods),
(Yetis, Sasquatch & Hairy Giants)

“Many of the North American Indian tribes have legends and mythological tales about these Sasquatch. The Anasazi and various other Indian cultures look at these as a ghost creature or something that it’s impossible to capture, close to impossible to see. But they do know that they exist.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Although mainstream scientists consider the mysterious beast as no more than a modern-day myth, the number of Bigfoot sightings reported and photographed continues to steadily increase.

“Specifically, what you get is always the big feet, you get a hairy creature, you get a very specific smell, very harsh smell, and it is also said that the sound which Bigfoot makes is kind of whistling. So, all of these components really make for a typical Bigfoot sighting, and they are concise across the board.”

      – Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“They seem to be very elusive, very retiring and retreating. Aggressive behaviors are very rarely reported. The witness sees the creature, and both go in opposite directions with no interaction whatsoever.”

– Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anatomy & Anthropology, Idaho State Univ.)

“They range in size from perhaps six feet to ten feet tall. Coloration the most common description is of a dark brown fur, their names vary from location, but you have, of course, in America, Bigfoot, otherwise known as Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest. Down in Florida, he’s known as the skunk ape. Down in Australia, we have the Yowie.”

Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. (Theoretical Physicist / Cryptozoologist)

But if a Bigfoot creature really does exist, how has it remained so elusive? Researchers point out that accounts of giant, human like beasts date back thousands of years.

“Throughout ancient history, we have a number of legends about giants, about wild men, about hairy beasts that live at the edge of civilization. These were humans, you know, people who were, however, wild, they were hairy, they didn’t wear clothes, they lived in the woods. And yet, in other ways, they had special powers.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

Is it possible that the supernatural creatures of Native American myths are in fact descriptions of encounters with Bigfoot in the remote past? And are such creatures extraterrestrial in nature? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answers can be found in numerous ancient texts.

“In the Book of Enoch, we have a category called the Nephilim or “The Watchers,” people who are said to have come down from heaven to Earth and basically lived ever after amongst us. Now, the Bible gives very little discussion as to really what they looked like, except the fact that they were giants, that they were big, and clearly they are deemed to be less worthy. And I think this is of interest because when you start looking on the Bigfoot, you really are confronted with a creature which, even we, today, would classify more as an animal rather than as a human being.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“In the Old Testament, we can read stories where the gods saw the Earth women and thought they were extremely beautiful. And so they made babies with them, and upon giving birth, according to the texts, they created a race of giants. What they witnessed had absolutely nothing to do with the divine or with the spiritual because those gods were not gods at all. They were misinterpreted flesh and-blood extraterrestrials.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Might Bigfoot, and the Himalayan Yeti, really be creatures of alien origin, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists contend? Perhaps further evidence can be found in ancient tales of giant beings with supernatural powers.

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