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Monday, January 6, 2014

Rick Dyer's Alleged Bigfoot Body Is An Outrageous Fraud, Not An Unrecognized Ape

Illustration of a hypothetical sasquatch skull by Thomas Finley. The discovery of such a cranium in North America would seal the deal on this cryptozoological enigma, but such conclusive evidence has been significantly lacking.
Self-proclaimed 'bigfoot tracker' Rick Dyer has recently claimed to have shot a sasquatch after baiting it with ribs, and he has just released images of the supposed body. I was extremely hesitant to give these ludicrous claims any attention, but the mainstream media coverage which they have been receiving has urged me to issue a statement on this blog. Please note that this is not meant to be a personal attack on Rick Dyer, but rather is a brief analysis of his claims. From the photographs of the alleged 'bigfoot body', it is inferrable that this is nothing more than a poorly constructed mannequin. In comparison to the facial anatomy of the extant great apes, as seen below, the face of Dyer's alleged bigfoot carcass is vastly different and does not appear to be composed of actual flesh. It lacks the pronounced supraorbital ridges which would be expected on a large nonhuman primate or primitive member of Homo, and cracks like those on dry ceramics can be seen on the nose. The 'hair' is also highly irregular in comparison to that of modern hominids, and looks to be made of a fibrous material like that of costume fur. Thus, this is certainly not the body of an actual member of Hominidae and is a clear fraud in my opinion.
Please click to enlarge image.
In case you have forgotten, Rick Dyer attempted the same antics in 2008. Such hoaxes are extremely detrimental to any serious zoological consideration of reported unrecognized primate species, and it is important to know that cryptozoological researchers such as myself and countless others are not taking Dyer's claims with a grain of serious interest. Let us not pay any attention to this rubbish and carry on with serious and critical-minded research into claims of alleged mystery primates.


38 comments:

  1. Well said Jay, yes Ricks antics really hurt the subject as in its mainstream appeal.

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    1. You clearly haven't read the notice that this blog does not allow swearing. So what are Bigfoot then if they aren't apes?

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  3. Great post Jay. The end is near.....

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  4. Thanks for trying to educate people who might be on the fence about this obvious hoaxer.
    He has profited financially and scammed good people. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Well said, the sooner this joke of a hoax is put to rest the better!

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  6. Didn't Bob Lindsay say in the "Bigfoot News of the Century" post on his blot from 2 days ago that he was 100% certain that Dyer's squatch was genuine?

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    1. Robert Lindsay hasn't proven to be the most reliable person.

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    2. I'm not saying he's a liar or anything, he just has made claims which have proven to be false in the past.

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  7. Also, didn't Dyer name his bigfoot "Hank?"

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  8. Awesome article. It's very sad that the mainstream media is paying so much attention to this man, when he is obviously just a pathological liar who is seeking money and attention.

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    1. Thank you, but indeed, it's rather ridiculous.

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  9. Well its interesting that his so called fake has a face of a man, in every description I have ever heard of bigfoot describes it as having the face of a man, not an ape but the face of a man, but this thing looks like something out of a fairy tale, but maybe we all have an image in out heads of what we think the creature should or would look like if this is a hoax and a creature is not found by the end of 2014 then I say the heck with it, they are not real, there are so many people searching these day and all the technology at disposal in this day and age, one should be found sooner or later.

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    1. Well first of all humans are a apes :). It does seem to most certainly be a hoax, but I hope that we find a real one soon as well.

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  10. I want to make it clear that I have strong skepticism against Dyer's claim of shooting a bigfoot, mainly because of the reasons stated in this article, but I would also like to point out that there have been other, I dare say less dubious incidents where possible bigfoot skeletons have been found and often not investigated because they were found near Native American burial grounds, and you know how the Native Americans are about their burial grounds.

    If you want to read more about it, Bob Lindsay talked about it in his Bigfoot News post for January 8.

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  11. Also, just to make it clear, I am not against the Native Americans having rights to their ancient burial grounds.

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    1. They buried on top of the much,older originol caucasian,north african,Mediterranean,oriental,egyptian inhabitants whose land they displaced with genicide and assimilation.kenniwick man anyone.
      Reference,ancient american magazine,tribal spiritual elders oral histories,my mayan friends,and the thousands of skeletons,hidden away,but documented.

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  12. What do you think of the possible bigfoot skeleton reports noted by Lindsay, Jay?

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    1. I'm skeptical about the claims of "giant human skeletons", but I don't doubt that (if these animals exist) some wood ape bodies may have been buried in Native American burial grounds. I have personally had an alleged incident relayed to me which involved a member of a Native American tribe shooting a Sasquatch and being banished. The animal was buried on Native American grounds. I think that there may possibly have been Sasquatch shot in the past but the bodies were lost due to fear caused by killing a human-like animal or the animal having ran away wounded or taken away by other Sasquatch. It sounds far-fetched, but I have personally spoken to serious people (as in avid hunters and trappers who venture deep into wildernesses of the Pacific Northwest) who have relayed such tales and find them truthful.

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  13. Any particular reason you're skeptical of those giant "human" skeleton claims, Jay?

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  14. If Dyer's find proves real, you're going to have some serious apologizing to do. Pretty strong opinion young man.

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    1. please see this hoax from 2008 for background on Mr. Dyer http://www.bfro.net/hoax.asp

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  15. If R.Dyers claim was real he would have taken the body to Spikes 10 Million dollar show to collect his money.Since it appears that , this is the reason he is taking it on the road, for money.

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  16. Does nobody remember the 2 guys that pulled off the hoax with Biscardi a few years ago? Wasn't one of them named Rick Dyer?

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    1. Yes it is the same Rick Dyer, and as the previous poster put, if he had a real body he would be able to make a hell of a lot more money than take it around on the road like the Minnesota Iceman.

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  17. No official autopsy report. No confirmed DNA results. No affidavits, interviews, or signed examination results from known, credentialed pathologists, anthropologists, or university officials = HOAX.

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  18. An undertaker would have to have been hired to embalm the thing also.

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  19. I don’t have expertise in the field of Cryptozoology, Zoology or Biology.

    But, I do have 30+ years of experience as an Engineer specializing in failure analysis. So looking at data and forming an opinion based upon facts, is what I do for a living.

    The claims by RD are absurd on so many levels. The only one’s that appear to buy his line of horse manure are “his people” and the terminally gullible.

    I could spend a lot of time tearing apart his story. But let’s just hit the major points.

    By RD’s own admission he’s in it for the money. Seems a bit strange that he won’t present evidence that would enable him to collect the $10,000,000 reward for proving BF’s existence. And $10,000,000 is really chump change. Universities and research facilities would stand in line to pay big bucks for a sample of a real BF. Then there are the documentaries, movies, commercials, speaking engagements, world tours (real tours not out of the back of your trailer type tours). Not too mention every textbook would have to be revised in order to list RD as the discoverer of a new species of hominid.

    A world renound DNA scientist offers to test the alleged BF samples. For some reason RD does not take up the offer.

    The BF body according to RD has already been taxidermied. Why on earth would someone destroy the most important biological specimen of the 21st century?

    Why after having shot the BF would you not have presented the body immediately to the world’s most prestigious institute(s) in order to validate your claim? And if you did it sure wouldn’t take 16 months and counting to know a previously unidentified species of hominid does in fact exist.

    There is only one reasonable explanation. He does NOT have a BF body to present to
    the scientific world.

    Anyone who thinks there is even a remote chance that he has a BF is either one of his “people”, or have such a strongly held belief in BF that anyone making a BF claim must be telling the truth since it validates their way of thinking, or your just dumb as a box of hammers.

    Do I think BF exists anywhere on the planet? Extremely unlikely, but can’t exclude the possibility. Did RD shoot one? Not a chance based upon his crude unsophisticated attempt to present supposed incontrovertible evidence. And oh BTW, he’s already admitted to perpetrating a BF hoax back in 2008.

    So here’s my prediction for how this plays out. The 2/9/2014 date where RD is supposed to prove to the world that he really did kill a BF will come and go, with no more proof (I use the word proof in this instance very loosely) than we have today. He will continue the stalling technique while doing the flea market tour with BF in tow, while charging the dimwitted a few bucks to gawk at a plexiglass encased latex fake.

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  20. "A world renound DNA scientist offers to test the alleged BF samples."

    Bryan Sykes?

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    1. Yes I believe that's his name. But really at the end of the day just present the body.
      Never will happen, because then his hoax totally implodes. Then the whole flea market tour goes down the drain. But, I got give RD credit. He know's how stupid and gulluble some people are and isn't afraid to capitalize on their ignorance.

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  21. You're a little a bunch of hippy bong toting fruit loops.

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    1. Thanks for your mature input.

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