If you find the idea of an ancient, undocumented cryptid hiding in the swamps and forests of North America laughable, you’ve clearly never been to the Pacific Northwest. The Internet makes this seem like a small world and people have used Google Earth to find supposed proof of the Loch Ness Monster, but there are airplanes that crashed in Washington and Oregon back in the 1970s that still haven’t been found. Just think about that for a minute.
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Archeologists in New Mexico recently uncovered fossil evidence proving that our ancient human ancestors hunted giant, 9’ tall land sloths 11,000 years ago. Now, this isn’t one of those cutie-pies we see all the time on Twitter: These we sizable, bipedal beasts with claws and teeth more powerful than a wolverine!
So where did all the giant sloths all go? Humans hunted them to extinction. Check out the video below for a fascinating overview.
Per USA Today:
For the first time, scientists have uncovered fossilized footprints of ancient humans at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, a new study reports. And at the same site, those newly discovered human footprints were actually inside footprints of giant ground sloths — tall, fearsome creatures with sharp claws.
Scientists say this is evidence that the humans followed closely behind, or even “stalked” the sloths during the hunt.
Straight up: I’m not an anthropologist or an archeologist or even an amateur crypto-zoologist. I’m just a guy who gets ideas in his head that demand to be expressed on paper. I’m not going to make side-by-side comparisons to the Patterson video; I can’t show you graphs or refer to published scientific studies. But I can make some thought-provoking postulations, like:
What if the Native American Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, isn’t a missing link or even a primate? What if Sasquatch is a relative of the giant sloth?
It wouldn’t be the first time an animal previously believed to be extinct as turned up, alive and well, in the ocean depths, the impenetrable Congo, or the Amazonia rainforests for example.
What if the giant sloths, on the verge of extinction on the New Mexican playa, fled into the dense forests of North America and the swamps of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida? This would explain why Sasquatch has such an innate fear of humans, despite having a sizable physical advantage over us.
It could also explain the phenomenon of tree-scratching. Crypto-zoologists have often noticed deep claw marks on trees in Bigfoot hot spots, a detail that jives with the idea that Sasquatch has digits like a primate. A giant sloth, however, could leave these gashes in trees without even intending to.
It’s just a theory, but as a California Boy, I’ve always been a huge Bigfoot fan! What do you think of my hypothesis that what we’ve been calling Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Swamp Ape, etc. is actually a giant land sloth? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!