|The Tennessee alleged Sasquatch sketch, based off of eyewitness reports|
Paranthropus reconstruction and skulls. All exhibit large supraorbital ridges, prominent sagittal crests, and wide cheekbones.
The alleged body of evidence which has been collected and analyzed by proponents of the existence of sasquatch seems to point to their being nonhuman apes, in the view of this author at least. These primates generally possess projecting canines, but Paranthropus exhibited a lack of this anatomical feature. As noted above, the teeth of the alleged Tennessee sasquatch do not exhibit projection of canines which is seen in the modern nonhuman apes, but rather have a similarity to the heavy chewing teeth of Paranthropus and the large Asian primate Gigantopithecus. The diagram below illustrates the contrasting canine structure between these prehistoric primates and the extant nonhuman apes. Paranthropus and Gigantopithecus developed this characteristic as an adaptation to durophagy: a diet consisting of tough food items. Possible anecdotal and photographic data appears to be consistent in suggesting a lack of projecting canines in sasquatch, giving merit to the idea that these alleged animals may have followed a similar course of evolution, although some may view this as unfounded speculation to a degree.
|A comparison between two skulls of durophagous apes (Gigantopithecus and Paranthropus) compared to the skull of a modern gorilla. Notice the projection of canines on the gorilla skull.|
|A close up of the sketched face from the Tennessee sasquatch sketch referenced earlier.|
|A comparison between a Paranthropus boisei skull and the face of the Patterson Film wood ape|
This overlay by Bill Munns shows that a Paranthropus boisei skull is similar to the cranial proportions of the Patterson -Gimlin Film subject. Also notice that the subject's face is flat and that it possesses a sloping cranium with proportions drastically different than those of a human.
Wood ape hand and kuckle prints show a thumb which is less mobile than a human's and much more similar to a nonhuman ape's thumb. Could Paranthropus boisei have also had this thumb anatomy?
|A map diagram depicting the possibile dispersal of Paranthropus into North America. Please click to enlarge.|
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