This is a story about an unwanted hominin, a forgotten cousin to the human race deemed to dim witted to have contributed to the homo line. Paranthropus was related to the australopithecines, often referred to as the robust australopithecines. This specie emerged about 2.7 years ago, with an official extinction date at around 1 million years ago. The more gracile australopithecines, such as the famous lucy, gave rise to the line that it time would become man. Paranthropus was forgotten, but in truth it may have had the last laugh, because Pranthropus may actually be the best candidate for a Bigfoot ancestor.
Paranthropus was 100% bipedal, short at under 5 feet in height, but extremely robust, had a sagital crest on top of the skull which gave the head a conical look, and had a very strong, flexible and stable foot. Essentially, many of the traits associated with Bigfoot, we have here 1 million years in an Hominin known from the fossil record. Much like the Homo line did, this specie grew in size, especially as it made its way into the colder climates. Northern species tend to be bigger, which is why near the arctic circle reports of Bigfoot appear to depict a much larger creature.
Bigfoot had to come from somewhere, and since Paranthropus was related to the Australopithecines that gave rise to man, in a way Bigfoot would be genetically close to man. This could explain the hair and blood samples collected in the field that are a close match to Homo sapien.
Paranthropus outlasted the more gracile australopithecines who made way for Homo habilis and friends. Fossils of Paranthropus in fact indicate that this specie was a contemporary of the Homo line, living alongside Homo habilis and then Homo erectus. Officially, Paranthropus never ventured out of Africa, but in light of the scarcity of the fossil record, and the yearly major rearrangement of our evolutionary history based on new finds, that assertion may not necessarily be true. It is also possible that Paranthropus isn’t recognized as Paranthropus outside of Africa, and was already changing.
This is where Meganthropus in, and becomes increasingly interesting in this story. We know very little about Meganthropus. All we have are various fragments of jaw and skull found in Java, Indonesia. Meganthropus is controversial because it appears to be robust like Paranthropus, and has some primitive features which has lead to the belief by some anthropologist that this specie is an asian extension of Paranthropus, but due to the fact that it resided in Asia and lived to at least 300,000 years ago, others place it within the Homo erectus paradigm. But here is where it gets interesting, Meganthropus was enormous comparable to Gigantopithecus, with some estimation at 8 feet.
You see where I’m going with this. Since we have no clear ancestor for Meganthropus, could Paranthropus be a candidate? Instead of having faced extinction in Africa could Pranthropus have continued to evolve in an even more robust direction? Is this Bigfoot’s evolutionary trail? We do not have sufficient proof from a fossil standpoint to make an official determination, but Bigfoot being certainly a primate, had ancestors in Africa which ultimetaly made their way into Asia and across the land bridge into North America. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Meganthropus, but the idea of the ancestor of Bigfoot walking out of Africa and evolving in Asia is a viable hypothesis.