Encounters with hairy hominids or "wild men" like the Yeti, Sasquatch, and Nguoi Rung go back to antiquity and appear in legends throughout the world. One of the earliest literary compositions in the world, the Epic of Gilgamesh, contains a hairy wildman named Enkidu. North America's representative is usually called the Sasquatch, one of its Native American names, or Bigfoot.
One hypothesis is that some reports represent encounters with surviving representatives of supposedly extinct hominoid or hominid species. A popular choice for Bigfoot is Gigantopithecus blacki, a giant ape commonly assumed to have died out several hundred thousand years ago. Other suggested candidates include Homo neandertalensis (Neanderthal Man), Homo erectus, and Australopithecus (Paranthropus) robustus.
See the Bigfoot section of my cryptozoology links page for more sites offering information about Bigfoot.
This Bigfoot stamp is one of a set of four stamps commemorating legendary Canadian animals. The others are the Kraken, the loup garou (werewolf), and Ogopogo. You can also see the Bigfoot first day cover as well as the legendary animals first day cover.
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Last modified by pib on July 6, 2003.