Bigfoot (Sasquatch)


Bigfoot or Sasquatch, large apelike creature reportedly sighted hundreds of times in the United States and Canada (most often in the Pacific Northwest) since the mid-19th cent. Similar to Asia's abominable snowman, Bigfoot is variously described as standing 7–10 ft (2–3 m) tall and weighing over 500 lb (227 kg), with footprints 17 in. (43 cm) long. Sasquatch is a Native American name for the creature. Most scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot. Some supposed footprints of the animal are known to be hoaxes, such as those produced by Ray L. Wallace in Humboldt co., Calif., in 1958, and supposed hair samples that have had their DNA tested have been found to be from known animal species.

See R. M. Pyle, Where Bigfoot Walks (1995); J. B. Buhs, Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend (2009).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Bigfoot (Sasquatch): Selected full-text books and articles

Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot By Joe Gisondi University of Nebraska Press, 2015
Bigfoot: Part One: Dawn of the Sasquatch By Loxton, Daniel Skeptic (Altadena, CA), Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2004
Bigfoot: Part Two: The Case for the Sasquatch By Loxton, Daniel Skeptic (Altadena, CA), Vol. 11, No. 3, Winter 2005
Big Foot, Bigger Hoax. (News) By Loxton, Daniel Skeptic (Altadena, CA), Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 2003
From Wild Man to Monster: The Historical Evolution of Bigfoot in New York State By Bartholomew, Robert E.; Regal, Brian Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Vol. 35, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter 2009
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
The Yeti Goes International! By Loxton, Daniel Skeptic (Altadena, CA), Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 2003
Cryptozoologists Try to Separate Strange Fact from Science Fiction By Horvitz, Leslie Alan Insight on the News, Vol. 13, No. 3, January 27, 1997
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