If you were shown this photo with absolutely no explanation given, chances are you would think that this is a picture of some crazy cryptozoologist who has made a model of Sasquatch based on eye-witness accounts he has compiled over years of piling regret over his life choices. You'd be wrong. This is Bill Munns and he is standing next to a model he constructed by studying the remains of an actual ape that would have been able to stand erect. It also lived side by side humans until it's extinction...about 100,000 years ago.
Of course the film Harry and the Hendersons challenges the belief that Gigantopithecus went extinct.
Gigantopithecus was a great ape not unlike the modern-day gorilla. It made its home in what is now eastern Asia around the same time our anscestors made their way to the same location. The beast stood as tall as 9 feet when standing on its two legs. To give you a better idea of how gigantic this beast was, here is a picture of the jaw of a Gigantopithecus compared to that of a modern human's.
Yikes. Can you imagine the size of this thing's footprints? I mean it had to have some seriously big feet. Also, can you imagaine the size of the poop it hurled?
It Would be like this, but over twice as big, and therefore twice as hilarious.
If you're like me, then you are probably speculating how this creature could be the basis of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti/Wampa legends. There is very little verifiable, reliable evidence that giant apes still roam the earth. But then again, Sasquatch sightings are most common in the Northwest, and there was a land bridge that connected what is now Asia and North America...and all of the Yeti myths are popular in areas surrounding what was once Gigantopithecus' old stomping grounds. I'm not saying that's compelling enough on its own to confirm that Bigfoot is real, especially since an actual body has never been officially recovered (at least not one that the scientific community has deemed authentic) but it does make you think, right?
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Header Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFSCbptrJk