The proof we need to finally convince the world ONCE AND FOR ALL that those of us who spend way too much time in the woods thinking about what could be lurking behind every tree we pass-by, have in fact been engaged in the valid pursuit of an extremely large but unknown creature. A creature who walks upright and is frighteningly similar to us, yet so completely different that they haunt our dreams, both waking and sleeping, for a greater majority of our lives than almost anything else??
Do we finally have what it takes to bring this topic MAINSTREAM?
I was handed the above sample while up in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range a few days ago. My friend said here you go, I just found some of what I know has been submitted for DNA analysis to at least one study currently under way. I looked at what was in my hand, and then back at him, and incredulously asked "Black Moss"? There are people who think Black Moss is Bigfoot hair?"
Yep he said, I have witnessed this myself. This was hard for me to comprehend, as anyone who has spent much time at all in the forests of North America will have quickly come across at least one variety of this common lichen of the Genus Bryoria. It grows in trees and bushes and when it falls is found laying around in clumps or tangles amidst other debris. Yes it is usually greenish, grayish, or brownish in color, but can come in a wide variety including yellow and black, as in the variety found in this picture, Bryoria nadvornikiana, which is also found in lighter colors here:
|Close-up of Sierra Lichen Sample|
|Further close-up of my sample|
|And closer still|
All I needed was my cell phone camera set on it's maximum 4X close-up setting.
For more information on mammalian hair growth please follow this link: Structural Characteristics of the Hair of Mammals
So for me this lichen is a great example of why it is so important to do the proper follow up work when we are out in the woods trying to collect evidence and calling ourselves "Field Researchers". Even as amateurs, without scientific training or access to laboratories and collections of known specimens to use for comparison, everyone now has the great resources available on the internet, which can allow for the proper due diligence when determining if something is or is not related to Bigfoot. Did you take a picture of something you think was a Bigfoot? Then it is of utmost importance to go back at a later time and investigate what is still present where that picture was taken, so you can show that what you are claiming is a creature is in fact no longer there, and so you can take measurements of the surroundings to determine the size of the object in your picture. Did you find something you think could be a biological sample from a Bigfoot and which could provide DNA for a definitive analysis and proof of an unknown species? Then please do your best to rule out any other more probable explanations before jumping to the conclusion that what you have found must be from Bigfoot.
Remember the Principal of Occum's Razor, which in a nut shell states that the theory with the fewest assumptions should be used first. In other words, don't automatically assume you have something from a Bigfoot, just because you don't know what it is in your hand. Use the Scientific Method and first try to prove to yourself that what you have is NOT Bigfoot in origin, then if you have ruled out all other explanations you can proceed with the analysis needed to show that it is!
|Possible explanations can become needlessly complex. It is coherent, for instance, to add the involvement of Leprechauns to any explanation, but Occam's razor would prevent such additions, unless they were necessary.|