Bigfoot Foot Found? Mysterious Limb Baffles Massachusetts Police; Five-Toed Foot ‘Not Human’ [PHOTO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 22, 2013 11:59 AM EDT

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This foot, found by Lakeville, Mass. police, is "not human" according to the local medical examiner. (Photo: Lakeville Police Dept.)

Has a Bigfoot foot been found in Massachusetts? According to various news sources, police are baffled by a decomposing foot found by a pair of boys playing in the woods near Quincy, Mass. The alleged Bigfoot foot found in the woods has five toes, but the Lakeville PD medical examiner confirmed it is definitely not human. While this doesn't automatically make it Bigfoot's foot, the only other possibility if it's not a human foot is the paw of a bear.  The suspected Bigfoot foot was found on March 29 by Sgt. Steven Leanues after being notified by the boys who made the grisly discovery. Police Chief Frank Alvilhiera said it might be a bear paw or might have belonged to an unknown animal, although it appears to be human. Until the medical examiner does further testing, its identity remains uncertain.

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"It will take some time before we hear any official results," Alvilhiera said.

The Bigfoot foot might be the missing link that confirms the existence of the elusive creature. The term Bigfoot is a colloquialism that refers to the large, ape-like creature known as the Sasquatch. According to the Bigfoot Field Research Organization, the majority of Sasquatch sightings come from the Pacific Northwest; however, the New England area is also no stranger to reports of the mysterious Bigfoot. Massachusetts is home to 20 reported Bigfoot sightings, with the majority occurring in the western portion of the state.

The existence of Bigfoot is one of the great conspiracy theories of the 20th Century. It all began in 1958, with the release of the Patterson-Gimlin film:

That film clip has been debated for decades now. But in the 50+ years since its release, there have been dozens of amateur videos alleging to have captured a Sasquatch on tape, as well as thousands of eyewitness reports. Is it possible that so many people could be wrong? That's the argument made by Bigfoot advocates nationwide: even if the original 1958 footage is a hoax, it doesn't account for numerous subsequent reports of the mythical Sasquatch.

Bigfoot sightings are not native to North America. In fact, every continent on Earth is home to its own Sasquatch-esque creature myth. In Australia, there are reports of a beast known as the Yowie. In Brazil there are tales of a giant sloth known as the Mapinguari.  Finally, and famously, there are numerous reports of a creature known as the Yeti living in the Himalayas.

So, thousands of eyewitness sightings across every inhabited continent on Earth? Are they all a hoax? Scientists says that, yes, frequently these sightings are a hoax. A report released in February of this year claimed to have DNA proof that the Sasquatch was real. Unfortunately the report came out in a journal specifically created to publish the report, which damages its credibility.

Hopefully, we find out more about the Bigfoot foot found in Mass. in the next few weeks. If it turns out to be from an undiscovered species, it will certainly validate all the Bigfoot researchers out there who have been dealing with rampant skepticism on a daily basis.

If it doesn't, well, something tells us the Bigfoot hunters aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

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