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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Skunk Apes Part 2

Skunk Ape 2   There are more humanlike and more apelike "Skunk Ape" reports. The more humanlike ones are more readily distinguished if you simply call them "Florida Bigfoot" instead because they are really only the local populations of the same "Eastern Bigfoot" common over the rest of this part of the continent. Or you really should call them Shaawanoki (Shah-Wa-No-Kee) in parallel use to the name of "Sasquatch" for the West Coast Bigfoot (Something that is entirely different again). In the book cover illustration at the top left, the Florida Bigfoot ("Skunk Apes 2") are showing the red juvenile phase and darker adults as noted by Sanderson for the Almas=Kaptar category in the book Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life in 1961. To quote from that book on the bottom of page 290 :
In the Caucasian region, the males seem to be encountered alone in the upper fastnesses whereas the females, which are readily recognizable it is said by the great and sometimes positively enormous development of their breasts (which, unlike any pongids, are pendant or hanging), show up at lower levels. Then, a Dwarf Kaptar is also spoken of, particularly on the southern face of the mountains, but as one Prof. V. K. Leontiev, who studied this business locally, with consummate discipline, observes, nothing is stated about these beings that obviates their being the young ones or "teen-agers," who also tend to band together and go off on their own. They are said to be smaller than the average man and to be clothed in reddish brown wool as opposed to the other two types—one of which, be it noted, is said always to be a male, while the other is always female; from which one may draw a rather obvious assumption one would have supposed—which are variously described as having dark gray, black, or silvered hair. This change of coat color, from gingery to gray-brown, to gray-black, and finally to white with age, is just as consistent with what is found among other Primates as is the change from shiny black in youth, as displayed by the sad little Jacko of the Fraser River, to brown and then grizzly. One must note that, with increasing age, those of us whose head-hair turns white will find that our axillary and pubic hairs do the same while those who have profuse chest hair will see that it also follows the head-hair in this respect. Thus a venerable male ABSM might be as white as the old chap who paced the truck in Oregon ...and then popped into a lake. If Neanderthalers were hairy, they may well have had a fluffy wool, like that of a baby One-humped Camel as is so repeatedly stated by almost all the Eurasians who say they have met their local small ABSMs, and an "overcoat" of darker hairs like a muskrat and most other mammals of cooler climates, which develops with age, becomes profuse and dominant in the prime of life, and then goes silvery to pure white with age.[Emphasis added by Dale D]

With Skull Comparisons. The brow ridges on this "Skunk Ape" are not so pronounced but the shape and position of the eye sockets is striking. Skull illustrations not precisely at the needed angles, unfortunately

Comparison for limb and body proportions. In particular the long thick thigh and short shins are like Neanderthalers. Original art is by Zdenek Burian, but I have combined two different pieces for the position

Most of the following artwork is from the Skunk Ape Files website, which has a wealth of information, photographs and reports, and most of the material actually describes the more human "Skunk Ape 2" as illustrated here. Most of these works of art were made by Ann-Marie, Emma Carrolls and Melissa. I find there is a strong resemblance to the "Minnesota Iceman" in several. 

 A human type Florida Bigfoot track-this one is a little long and narrow: others are shorter and wider, all look pretty close to standard human. The "Ape" tracks have an offset big toe and look very different when you have complete prints to compare

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