According to widely accepted theory, roughly six million years ago the human ancestor looked like this...
Most of us have seen the famous 'ascent of man' illustration, apparently depicting how humans evolved over this immense time period to now.
However this image is over simplistic at best, and at worst deceitful.
Most scientists agree that the range of sizes, shapes and physical attributes amongst early hominids was extremely diverse...
... Perhaps even as diverse as today's Canid familiarus... the dog.
In the last couple of decades new discoveries have shown this diversity ranged from tiny hominids pushing only three feet tall, like Homo floriensis (the 'Hobbit')...
... to giants that would have towered high above them like the Denisovans, estimated by some at well over 6 feet and perhaps even up to 8 feet tall.
Around 23 million years ago the first ape-like primates appeared during the Oligocene epoch and by the following Miocene epoch had spread to Europe and Africa.
An approaching Ice Age in the later Miocene forced some of these primates into extinction while others moved south into Africa's warmer climes where they would eventually become the ancestors of today's Great Apes... and us.
As the climate warmed again they made their way back into Europe and Asia, some learning to walk bipedally and evolving larger brains.
Quickly diverging and evolving characteristics to suit various ecosystems, from thick jungles to high mountain valleys, from river banks to ocean shores, the early hominids rapidly spread across the surface of the earth. As they evolved and adapted, they travelled, far across the planet to new ranges, new rivers and mountains... new food sources, new territories and environments.
These successful bi-pedal primates soon filled every available niche, from the frozen north to the sunburnt plains, from the lush valleys to the rich waterways.
Some increased their chances of survival by adapting to Nature's edges. Life on this planet is concentrated around such edges, places where land meets water, from frozen glacial rivers to warm sandy beaches, edges are where food can always be found.
Some scientists even argue it was these waterways that contributed to bipedalism, our ancestors wading on their rear legs in order to better move about in their watery domains. Is this why some evolved a hooded nose and became excellent swimmers... making excellent use of the plentiful resources concentrated around and in the oceans, rivers and lakes of this world?
Perhaps sometime during this period what eventually became Homo sapiens split from what popular culture today calls Sasquatch... the environmental differences in the different ecosystems they inhabited being the basic contributing factors to this divergence?
Could it be the Swamp Apes, Orang Pandek, and similar may have evolved in the swamps and wet rainforests of the world?
While possibly the long-snouted Gugwe may have evolved for the river flats and more open forests? The 'Patty' type perhaps evolved for the high mountain valleys and the dreaded apex carnivore, the Wendigo, could have evolved for the conditions deep in the frozen north?
Going from the reports it appears all these Sasquatch types and varieties are mostly nocturnal...
... Perhaps humans evolved in the sun on the beaches, feasting in the light on what the tides exposed and diving for the plentiful reef fish during the daylight hours, thereby losing the need, indeed the handicap, of hairy bodies in the process?
It is indeed interesting to note humans kept the tops of their heads protected... some of them... from the sun.
Was it the brain food in the fish that led to humanity figuring out how to thrive in ALL of the environments?
... Aided by the lack of diurnal competition for resources?
The Prima facie evidence for the great intellect of humans is our technology.
Reportedly Sasquatch use none... or very little and when they do they fashion it for single, time-of-need use.
The human brain evolved as our technology evolved, but does that mean Sasquatch did not evolve? Of course not, they evolved to adapt to their chosen path... the natural world... perfectly tuned in and adapted to their environments... is it any wonder they are the All-time Hide and Seek champions of the world? Seemingly able to appear and disappear at will? The masters of their environments?
Even then they are today seen in such numbers... tens of thousands of reports in the US alone and as most do not report their ,sighting for fear of ridicule the real numbers of sightings could be ten times that...
Why so many? With so few in preceding centuries? (At least in Europe)
What studies there are indicates Sasquatch breeding rates could be slow compared to humans... perhaps capable of only three or four per couple compared to humans easily reaching double figures.
As humans spread further and further into the wild places, taming them as they went, Sasquatch were pushed back. Then the Black Death hit Europe. The human population was halved, then halved again. Already smaller in number, what happened to the Wild Men of Europe, called Trolls in the cold north?
I propose their numbers declined to the point of near extinction. Being relatives of us, they would be equally as susceptible to human diseases. The few reports today coming out of Europe suggests they are perhaps finally making somewhat of a comeback... as are the American Sasquatch, after suffering almost extinction level plague along with the First Nations people not long after Europeans waded ashore on the New World's beaches.
Now, going by the increasing volume of reports they are seemingly everywhere... on the fringes of our farms, suburbs and cities, in the darkness just out of sight, and for most humans, out of mind.
As their numbers continue to expand and humans turn more and more within... into our artificial, virtual world view, what does the future hold? ... For both ourselves and our nocturnal cousins?
I suppose that depends on whether the human evolutionary path is destined to be a gateway to the stars?
... or an evolutionary dead end.
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