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Ancient snowman found in Asia

Bigfoot or Bigfoot - Mysteriousa humanoid creature, pseudoscientific evidence of whose existence periodically emerges in modern media. In order to try to discover an incredible creation from Nepalese legends, even a whole science was invented - cryptozoology, which studies the possibility of the existence of creatures from myths or from the words of “eyewitnesses”. Despite the fact that traces of yetis are found everywhere in the Himalayan mountainous regions, a group of scientists from the University of Copenhagen managed to “see” the giant primate for the first time by analyzing ancient proteins from the fossils of the giant monkey they found that lived millions of years ago in the forests of Southeast Asia.

Reconstruction of an extinct humanoid giant-monkey

What did the snowman look like?

According to the portal livescience.com, the elusive Bigfoot who is often compared to twice the size of a modern two-legged monkey, really roamed the forests of Southeast Asia for a long time before becoming extinct several hundred thousand years ago. After conducting an innovative analysis of the enamel proteins of a giant animal, scientists were able to reconstruct the approximate appearance of a prehistoric creature and learn more about his lifestyle.

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As it turned out, a giant drink called by scientistsBlackie, had a three-meter height and weight, reaching 270 kilograms. In addition, an analysis of the teeth of an ancient animal showed that the extinct “Bigfoot” is not a close relative of man, but rather resembles a modern orangutan, having separated from it as a subspecies about 12 million years ago. It is believed that huge primates fed mainly on bamboo due to the unique structure of their teeth, adapted to thoroughly chewing solid plant foods. In addition, giant-feeding animals could coexist with people of the species Homo erectus, which began to penetrate into South Asia at the end of the Pleistocene era. Despite the fact that the reasons for the extinction of these animals are still unknown to official science, there is an opinion that the “Bigfoot” simply could not stand the competition for food sources with a more adapted look - upright man.

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Yeti as an artist

Summing up, we can confidently say thatthanks to modern reconstructions, the Gigantopithecus blacki or “yeti” really looks more like an orangutan, which is currently threatened with extinction due to poaching. Even despite the fact that new data confirm the evolutionary relationship between gigantopithecus and orangutans, scientists are unlikely to ever be able to completely reconstruct the appearance of an extinct monkey because of the small amount of information obtained from the analysis of the “snowman” tooth enamel protein.