Jean-Paul Debenat, PhD, presents an interpretive and insightful perspective on Bigfoot that draws on the “wild man” lore widespread throughout history. A professor of comparative literature at the University of Nantes, France, he became intrigued with Sasquatch through his acquaintance with Bernard Heuvelmans. He furthered his research during a visit to the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s.
Debenat favors the uncommon theory that quadrupedal primates descended from bipedal primates to explain why Sasquatch, as a remnant of Gigantopithecus, may predate modern apes on the evolutionary path.
His extensive research covers the Albert Ostman abduction, William Roe affidavit, the Mount Saint Helens Ape-man siege, Tom Slick’s expeditions, the Patterson-Gimlin film, and Grover Krantz’s theory of Sasquatch evolution. Debenat departs from traditional books on Sasquatch with a detailed discussion of Sasquatch mythology and “wild hairy men” in both Native American and European traditions.
His book, translated by Paul H. Leblond, PhD, contains an index, bibliography, and numerous illustrations. Both beginners and experienced investigators will find this well-researched work an intriguing, fresh look at Bigfoot study.
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