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CANADIAN HEROES IN FACT AND FICTION
CANADIAN HEROES IN FACT AND FICTION -
Heroes of Lore and Yore -
Human-like monsters were a part of native folklore long before being adopted by Anglo-Canadian settlers. The name "Sasquatch" itself likely derives from "sesqec", a Coast Salish1 word which translates roughly as "wild man of the woods". Stories of these enormous humanoid creatures figured most prominently in western Canada, where local lore reflected a fearful relationship with an untamed land. With more than 300 eye-witness reports in Canada and the United States, Sasquatch continues to fascinate.
1The language of a Northwest Coast Indian tribe who lived near present-day Seattle, Washington.
Monsters and Extraordinary Beings
- The primacy of the wilderness is a common theme in Canadian folklore. Its mystery and harsh power inspired a highly developed pantheon of supernatural beings in Native mythology.
In Western Canada, pioneers were more isolated, not only from each other but from their own cultural sources. In these conditions, the settlers adopted local monster lore to supplement their own distant native myths, as they tried to overcome their fear of the unfamiliar land. One of the best-known monsters they adopted was Sasquatch. Aboriginals, explorers, settlers, and tourists have recorded sightings of hairy mountain men for hundreds of years.
This illustration of Bigfoot was created in pen and ink and Photoshop for The Atlas of the Mysterious in North America.
Cave fossils are early Europeans -
Muierii 1 skull Image: PNAS
The bones are said to display modern and Neanderthal
Archaeologists have identified fossils belonging
to some of the earliest modern humans
to settle in Europe.
Ape To Man -
The research team has dated six bones found
in the Pestera Muierii cave,
Romania, to 30,000 years ago.
The finds also raise questions about
the possible place of Neanderthals
in modern human ancestry.
Details of the discoveries appear in the US journal
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
We've known for some time that the earliest
modern humans in Europe are a funny-looking bunch
Professor Clive Gamble
The human bones were first identified at
the Pestera Muierii
(Cave of the Old Woman) cave in 1952,
but have now been reassessed.
Only a handful of modern human remains
older than 28,000 years old are known
Erik Trinkaus from Washington University
in St Louis and colleagues obtained
radiocarbon dates directly from the fossils
and analysed their anatomical form.
The results showed that the fossils
were 30,000 years old and had the diagnostic
features of modern humans (Homo sapiens).
But Professor Trinkaus and his colleagues argue,
controversially, that the bones also display
features that were characteristic of our
evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals
Neanderthals appear in the European
fossil record about 400,000 years ago.
At their peak, these squat, physically
powerful hunters dominated a wide range,
spanning Britain and Iberia in the west
to Israel in the south and Uzbekistan
in the east.
Modern humans are thought to have entered
Europe about 40,000 years ago, and
within 10,000 years, the Neanderthals
had largely disappeared from the continent.
By 24,000 years ago, the last survivors
vanished from their refuge in
the Iberian Peninsula.
Ice Age liaisons?
While many researchers think Neanderthals
were simply driven to extinction -
either by climate change or competition
with the moderns - a handful of scientists
believe they interbred with the incomers
and contributed to the modern human gene pool.
TV reconstruction of a Neanderthal man Image:
The Neanderthals occupied Europe for hundreds
of thousands of years
Ebola 'kills over 5,000 gorillas' -
Some of the great apes -
chimps, gorillas, and orangutans -
could be extinct in the wild within a human generation -
a new assessment concludes -
Wild gorillas seen to use tools -
Pygmies' bushmeat trade woe -
......GOD, help us all....!.....
Dr. Jane Goodall discusses Bigfoot and Yeti -
Great Apes Survival Project -
Great Ape Societies
American Zoologist, Sep 1997 by Lofstrom, Irene
Great Ape Societies stems from a 1994 WennerGren sponsored
conference convened to synthesize current knowledge about the
behavior and socioecology of African and Asian great apes, with
an emphasis on natural behavior in natural settings.
Famous Monkeys Through History -
BUSHMEAT PROJECT -
Slave Ships’ Apes -
Scientific Names for Bigfoot -
The Soul of the Ape -
Figure 1. Seemingly doleful gaze of a baby gorilla inspires -
questioning about whether such great apes are self-aware.
A chimpanzee uses a stick as a fishing rod at Arnhem Zoo in the Netherlands. Apes' use of tools has suggested to some researchers that certain human mental capabilities trace back 14 million years to common ancestors of apes and humans.
Frans de Waal
Undisturbed by Humans -
Video: Bonobo Ape Moms Call the Shots -
A kiss for the woman who saved a lion -
Cavemen facts -
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