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Carnoferox

The BFRO and Gigantopithecus

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Carnoferox
1 hour ago, Hammerclaw said:

All New World primates seem to have diverged and radiated from a single species that rafted over from Africa about 26 million years ago, it's as good a starting point as any. The skelectal morphology is remarkably similar in all species.

Then the question would be what ecological pressures would drive the emergence of bipedal locomotion and the loss of the tail in this lineage?

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Just now, Carnoferox said:

Then the question would be what ecological pressures would drive the emergence of bipedal locomotion and the loss of the tail in this lineage?

 

1 minute ago, Carnoferox said:

Then the question would be what ecological pressures would drive the emergence of bipedal locomotion and the loss of the tail in this lineage?

Some of the same posited and unsatisfactory reasons often cited in reference to it in hominids, man in particular. Perhaps bipedalism and great size were necessary to deal with and overcome such adversaries as the giant terrestrial terror birds that stalked the continent.

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Alien Origins
8 hours ago, Carnoferox said:

Then the question would be what ecological pressures would drive the emergence of bipedal locomotion and the loss of the tail in this lineage?

You seem to be well educated in this. Is it something you do for a living or what? Just curious is all.

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Carnoferox
13 hours ago, Hammerclaw said:

 

Some of the same posited and unsatisfactory reasons often cited in reference to it in hominids, man in particular. Perhaps bipedalism and great size were necessary to deal with and overcome such adversaries as the giant terrestrial terror birds that stalked the continent.

Sabretooth cats like Smilodon would be major predators as well, similar to how Dinofelis preyed on early hominins in Africa. Communication between individuals would be key for survival, hence the vocalizations commonly reported in Bigfoot sightings. A howler monkey-like ancestor with an enlarged hyoid would be most plausible in this case.

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5 hours ago, Alien Origins said:

You seem to be well educated in this. Is it something you do for a living or what? Just curious is all.

It is not something I currently do for a living but it will be in the near future. I just read a lot of scientific literature.

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