Saggital Crest : so what ?

An answer to Grover Krantz and others, who consider that Bigfoot's attribute such as saggital crest "depart from those of erectus or neanderthal to a high enough degree to not consider them as source for the Pacific Nortwest bigfoot/sasquatch" (Keith Foster, Bigfoot Co-op, April 2001).

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This very attribute has been reported even in sapiens. The most famous was Attila, the king of the Huns. The Huns, and other peoples, used to compress the skull of their chiefs' children, just after the birth, in order to obtain a pointed shape.

Some erectus skulls do show this shape, as the Tautavel one (right).

Another interesting exemple at Kow Swamp, Coobool, Talgai and many other in Australia. Here, dozens of skeletons have been found, showing both sapiens and erectus features, at various degrees. Some Kow Swamp skulls are cone-shaped, some are not, in a same population (same graves).

For more precisions, see Jim Vanhollebeke's page.


Tautavel (France)

A significant point : there is no correlation between the degree of deformation and the ratio of sapiens/erectus features in the Kow Swamp/Coobool population, according to Milford H. Wolpoff, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Harbor (in Fossil Man - New Facts, new ideas, Anthropos (Brno), Vol 23, 1986).

There is also a great variability in gorillas for that matter (the first one is short of a jaw) :

(In Coolidge, 1929, and Heuvelmans, 1980)

My conclusion : these differences are not specifical ones, but most likely the result of different treatments of the skull just after birth, either intentionally or not.

A comparison of Patty and H erectus from Dmitri Bayanov's America's Bigfoot :

Gigantopithecus has never been found in America. Erectus has been discovered in America, at least at Santa Barbara. 

Jean Roche