The Paradox of Neanderthals And Bigfoot
Is Bigfoot More Human Than Neanderthals Were?
By Dorraine Fisher -TCC Team Member
From what I’ve read lately, it may be time to scrap most of our old beliefs about human evolution and open our minds to MANY new ones. As rumors swirl of Bigfoot being a primate that is more human than ape, new ideas develop about the human story every day. But I found none more interesting than theater and film director Danny Vendramini’s theories about Neanderthals that challenge some of the greatest minds in the scientific and anthropological communities in their traditional views of what Neanderthals must have looked like.
Vendramini claims humans use anthropomorphism (the tendency to attribute human features to other animals) as the reason science has “humanized” the appearance of Neanderthals so much over the years. Neanderthals are usually depicted in magazines and on TV as hairless like us, light skinned, and often fairly attractive from a human perspective. They’re shown to look mostly like us outside of a few prominent facial features such as flat, short foreheads and heavy brow ridges.
But Vendramini, in his book, Them and Us, in his background and working with movie makeup artists, has taken a new look at neanderthal skulls from a more theatrical point of view and has come to some interesting conclusions by using an old-fashioned human super-power: imagination. And an open mind.
According to Vendramini, science has no basis to believe that Neanderthals looked much like humans at all. Neanderthals skulls have very large eye sockets, so they’re eyes had to, he says, have been much larger than a humans, possibly for the purpose of hunting in the dark of night. And like other primates, their eyes may have been completely dark with no whites, since there is no evidence to prove they had whites in their eyes. And he maintains we have no reason to believe they had light, smooth skin like humans either. With only fossil records to go by, we’re only assuming they had skin like ours.
And Neanderthals are believed to have evolved in the colder northern climates of Europe and Asia, so complete hair loss like that of humans, believed to have evolved in the hot climate of Africa, would have been a huge mistake of nature...which doesn’t generally happen. There’s a very good chance Neanderthals were completely covered in hair just like any other primate except humans. And when we look at a side view of a Neanderthal skull vs. a human skull, we find the Neanderthal skull to look more like an ape than any human. So their profile would have looked much different than ours.
So when Vendramini revealed his version of what a Neanderthal likely looked like, the picture was very different and, in my opinion, much more menacing than the more humanized, National Geographic version. And I was shocked to see what looked to me like a shorter, more fearsome relative of what Bigfoot is believed to look like today. In fact, in photos of Bigfoot, I believe Bigfoot as we understand him, appears much more human in that context than Vendramini’s Neanderthal.
So in light of new DNA evidence of a sister species that lived alongside Neanderthals and humans tens of thousands of years ago, and all the interbreeding between theses species’ that is now believed to have taken place, it only gives us another idea to ponder as we wait for Dr. Ketchum’s DNA results. Is Bigfoot actually more human than Neanderthals were? There are so many questions that need to be answered here. And granted, Vendramini is NO man of science, but his theories do make a lot of sense. And all we can do is speculate anyway. ******
Here is Vendramini's Youtube video
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