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Evidence of the existence of Bigfoot -- the bipedal human-monkey creature -- is "implausible," according to science.
That was based on the presentation given by College of Wooster professor Mark Wilson at the Ohio Theatre in Loudonville Monday night, April 17, for a presentation titled, "A Scientific Perspective on Bigfoot."
Wilson worked through various ways evidence of a Bigfoot has been presented, but scientists have not yet concluded on the existence of such a creature.
"Scientists don't think it is likely, yet it is not impossible," Wilson said.
Wilson is a professor of natural sciences at The College of Wooster and has previously been featured on the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" series.
Video evidence of the monster captured the public imagination when a film created and shot by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in 1967 appears to show a "female Bigfoot." Wilson said it would have been simple for a person to wear a costume with extended arms and fingers to appear as the creature captured in the film. He showed photos of the filmmakers walking with the same strides as the Bigfoot in their infamous short film.
Physical evidence such as the massive three-toed footprints would be easy to fake, he said, and can't be accepted as scientific evidence.
Even eyewitness accounts also are difficult to accept as scientific evidence because they rely on people's memories, Wilson said.
"I'll see something that I'm sure is present but is not there," Wilson said of his own work, which means he has to apply rigorous scientific methods to prove any hypothesis he may come up with.
"They make good stories but not good science." Wilson said of eyewitness accounts.
The gold standard, he said, would be to find remains of a Bigfoot. None of which have been found, yet.
After his presentation, he took questions from the crowd of more than 300 attendees. Several spoke of their own experiences of seeing a Bigfoot or their own evidence of the creature.
"I don't want to take your own story from you," Wilson said.
One audience member asked how many people believed Bigfoot might exist -- more than half of the attendees raised their hands.
The presentation was part of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum's programming. Originally scheduled to take place in the museum, it was moved to the Ohio Theatre after a large amount of interest was displayed in the event. Ultimately, more than 300 people showed up to the event. A previous record of about 150 was for a professor who lived in Antarctica, said museum director Kenny Libben.
Jerry Cline of Knox County made the trip to see what Wilson had to say. He said he had a Bigfoot sighting in Knox County, and has found footprints that have been verified by a famed Bigfoot scientist. Cline has his own group, the Knox County Bigfoot Organization, and has been studying the creature since his encounter.
"There's a scientific side I do take," Cline said of his research. "I'm not one of those big groups; I'll talk to people about it."
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