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Jane Goodall won't rule out existence of Bigfoot

By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2021 · Comment icon 51 comments

Does Bigfoot lurk in the rainforests of South America ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Jlwad
Being the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall certainly knows a thing or two about primates.
The 87-year-old, who first studied chimps at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania all the way back in 1960, has spent six decades of her life attempting to learn more about them.

When it comes to Bigfoot, therefore, there are few people as qualified to comment on the possibility that there is a mysterious, undiscovered species of primate roaming the forests of North America.

It is certainly interesting to note, then, that she has publicly stated on multiple occasions that she does not rule out the possible existence of such a creature.

During a recent interview with GQ Magazine, she also recalled an experience of her own that seemed to further reinforce this possibility in her mind.

It happened during a trip to Ecuador and occurred following a flight to a small village in an area of rainforest so vast that it took hours of solid flying over nothing but trees to reach the settlement.
Once there, she recalled speaking to a town crier - someone who travels from one village to another with news (there were no roads, telephones or any other way to communicate over distances.)

Through an interpreter, she requested that he ask the village's hunters if they had ever seen a "monkey without a tail" during their travels in the deep forest.

Incredibly, three hunters later got back to her to claim that they had indeed seen such a thing.

"They walk upright and they're about six foot tall," they told her.

What makes this so interesting, Goodall argues, is that these men had no idea about the modern Bigfoot phenomenon - they were simply recalling something they'd experienced first-hand.

As far as what it was they actually did see, however, we can only speculate.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #42 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 2 years ago
Does "astral planes" come under jabberwocky, pseudoscientific, bull**** explanation? Asking for a friend.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
Pretty much. 
Comment icon #44 Posted by ChrLzs 2 years ago
D. All of the above.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
Some are quite passionate and sincere. However, 272 kilo, 2 .4 meter  tall animals usually don't require a belief system to justify their existence......
Comment icon #46 Posted by Nobu 2 years ago
I dont  believe many of us are idiots here. Even the most outlandish of posts deserves respect in my opinion.   im not going to lay it out here in great detail mainly because I’m tired and the OMG is next to me at 2:26am elbowing me. guys… Jane Goodall has been reviewed something of 200 times (including papers not published) now. The interesting battles you guys have here may not be interesting. I would advise to take her viewpoint and decide what is possible. I have mmmmaaaaaybe 7 regions possible for a bigfoot in existence. And I do t believe they do. I just believe in science. I always will... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Nobu 2 years ago
Omg means old Mexican gal…. She doesn’t like me much saying that or even not saying that
Comment icon #48 Posted by Hyperionxvii 2 years ago
"Jane Goodall" Who? I don't totally rule out the existence of Jane Goodall. Should anyone care?
Comment icon #49 Posted by Tia 2 years ago
Just on the premise of many areas where sightings have been, with the heat with summer a creature covered in fur would most likely rest in a cooler spot during daylight hours.  
Comment icon #50 Posted by simplybill 2 years ago
This quote from the article is puzzling to me: ”So I had an interpreter and I said to him, "When you next meet one of these hunters, could you ask if they've ever seen a monkey without a tail?" Three of the hunters came back and said, "Oh yes. We've seen monkeys without tails. They walk upright and they're about six foot tall." The reason for my puzzlement is that Jane Goodall has devoted her entire adult life to the study of primates. Hearing a statement like that from a group of secluded forest-dwellers, I think I would’ve  dropped everything else on my schedule and spent a few weeks investi... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
Sounds like they were making fun.   They were describing a person.  

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