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Jane Goodall 'fascinated' by Bigfoot

Posted on Wednesday, 3 October, 2012 | Comment icon 62 comments

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The world's foremost expert on chimpanzees has expressed an interest in the Bigfoot phenomenon.

With over 45 years of experience studying primates, Jane Goodall is perhaps the best person to ask about the possibility of a new undiscovered species of bipedal hominid living in some of the world's most secluded woodland. "I'm not going to flat-out deny its existence," she said during a recent fundraiser in California. "I'm fascinated and would actually love them to exist."

Goodall did however express reservations over the lack of conclusive evidence. "Of course, it's strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I've read all the accounts," she said.

"The scientist and activist has spent her fair share of time with apes: in the early 1960s, her research in Africa showed that chimpanzees could use tools, were not vegetarian, and had distinct personalities."

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Comment icon #53 Posted by justcalmebubba on 8 October, 2012, 12:27
oh and yes i do think there is "big foot" out there some place.. when i was growing up i spent a lot of every weekend out in the woods with my grand father who did his best to teach me the old school ways of surviveing and knowing different signs so it could be said i have close to 40 years wondering around under the pine trees and walking through southern red clay muck and hop scotching rocks on the side of the mountains and i still dont know all thats out there to know and im not claiming to but once down on the arkansas river just south of clark county theres a strech of woods alo... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Rafterman on 8 October, 2012, 12:29
I, like Dr. Goodall, am fascinated by the idea of Bigfoot. I don't believe for one minute that they exist, but I am fascinated by them.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Neognosis on 8 October, 2012, 15:07
None of these things are evidence. Also, anytime you hear the claim that "no other creature could have made such a screech," you should take the whole thing with a whole tablespoon of grains of salt.
Comment icon #56 Posted by keninsc on 8 October, 2012, 15:25
On this I have to agree with you, none of this is real evidence. However, to a believer, it's enough. To a skeptic it's nothing. Fact is until we have a body, skeleton or possibly capture one, we don't have any evidence. I hope for capture or the skeleton, but if given the chance to shoot one, I will then get it to a reputable primate research facility who can do the proper work to determine what it is and it's place on the primate tree. Short of that, then a grain of salk or an entire box is required. Nothing personal EoT, we'll just have to disagree "the evidence&q... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by Rafterman on 8 October, 2012, 15:28
And given that these things allegedly range the world over and seem especially concentrated in high population areas, the fact that bodies and skeletons haven't turned up over the past several hundred years is quite damning.
Comment icon #58 Posted by Neognosis on 8 October, 2012, 15:30
But that's the issue... this will ALWAYS be about nothing more than belief. Belief is an acceptance of something as true without evidence. And "evidence" isn't subjective. There are certain criteria for actual evidence. The term "evidence" gets thrown around a lot in bigfoot discussions, but there actually isn't any evidence as accepted by science.
Comment icon #59 Posted by OverSword on 8 October, 2012, 15:43
Although I do believe in sasquatch, neognosis is correct. There is no real evidence which can be said to conclusively prove bigfoot exists. Much like aliens in flying saucers, sure there is no doubt that many people have seen strange craft in the sky, but that does not prove aliens exist or are visiting us. Since it would take a corpse or a captured speciman to prove the existence of bigfoot, I personally hope they remain mythical.
Comment icon #60 Posted by keninsc on 8 October, 2012, 23:58
Thank you for confirming what I typed.
Comment icon #61 Posted by Magiclass on 11 October, 2012, 12:14
The various naturalists and biologists have been finding new fantastic species et al, in remote areas of the world, and they all have strange stories from the indigenous people they are in contact with in these remote areas. The people who live in and around these remote areas would be fequently catching sights of these creatures because man is forever encroaching on the wild and remote areas as over population rears it's head! So the scientists hear all these stories, and I bet they have had evidence given to them! But they know if they want to continue at the top of their field o... [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by Magiclass on 11 October, 2012, 12:18
I like what Rafterman says about this topic

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