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Stories about a giant ape-men living in the mountain and forest areas on the skirts of civilization seem to only be documented back to the beginning of this century.
In American they are called Sasquatch. The Sherpas of the Himalayas refer to him as the Yeti.The aboriginals in Australia have a number of names, including the Yowie or the Bunyip. In Russia he goes under the name Alma.
In the 1920's and 30's reports appeared of large, biped, hairy creatures seen at a distance, or huge humanoid tracks being found in remote areas. To this day nobody has been able to shoot one of the creatures and allowed scientists to examine it, so evidence of such a creature's existence is circumstantial at best.
Thus the question still remains. Do such an animals exist? It is always possible some of these sightings may be hoaxes or misidentifications of a known species. However, if these animals really exist, what are they? Others think it is an unidentified new species of gorilla. Others believe it is a primitive form of man. Indeed the Pleistocene Gigantopithecus might well be a dead ringer for Big Foot, Abominable Snowman or Russian Wildman.
It is important to note that the large hairy biped is a very common folklore motif. Just about all cultures have a myth about XXXXXX. Thus some consider these stories are XXXXX and
More whacky speculation xxxxx. There is some evidence that 'bigfoot' sightings are sometimes associated with other XXXXXXX such as UFO's and XXXXXXX. Perhaps John Keel is right with XXXXXXXXXXXXX
My bet - the wookie needed to go for a walk!