Bigfoot discovery press conference on Friday (HOAX?)

UPDATE: Bigfoot Corpse is Hoax? A Boing Boing reader says: "This site has also been making the rounds - it appears that the person behind the whole thing is a known hoaxer. And the corpse is a simple bought costume. Not too sure about credibility, but seems more reasonable than being the real deal."

Loren Coleman of Cryptomundo writes about the Bigfoot body purported to be discovered in the woods in Northern Georgia. The guys who claim to have discovered it are holding a press conference in Palo Alto on Friday.

200808130943.jpg Is it real? It certainly looks like the real deal, and with a surprising variety of features.

The hominoid (please note, not hominid) body, found in the Georgia woods, is now in a secure location, under armed guard, and set to be examined by a battery of academic scholars, skeptical scientists, Bigfoot researchers, and debunking writers.

Who is to say the discovery of Bigfoot won’t happen this way?

With offers of millions of dollars, just for the photographs of the body, Loren Coleman and Cryptomundo was given one copy of the first image to share with you, our readers.

The body doesn’t look exactly like people thought it would, because the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot has been the model in our minds. However, this looks as if it is an actual apelike primate. Indeed, the gorilla-like facial features, the robust lack of canines, and the grinding surfaces shown in the teeth suggest a bulky vegetarian with a mixture of higher primate characteristics.

Will further tests and the proposed live capture of others prove beyond a doubt that Bigfoot is a new species? Stay tuned.

Georgia Gorilla: Bigfoot Body’s First Photo! (Cryptomundo)


  1. I am very intrigued by this whole thing. I visit Cryptomundo periodically, and as luck would have it, the original story had just gone up when I checked in yesterday. Since then, things have been going nuts. Cryptomundo is down for maintenance now because they’re getting hammered with traffice. It was like this even at 1 am last night when I was reading comments.

    And here’s a comparison to a costume.

    Loren made this comparison already, but I put both images into Photoshop, and added some dots to compare some biometric features of the creature in the freezer and the costume. I’ll be honest and say the two are a little too close for this to be convincing. It’s a layered file, so make sure you have Photoshop or something that can open it, if you’d like to compare the two.

    I’m hopeful but not optimistic at this point. Friday can’t come soon enough. Let’s hope some real scientists get the chance to examine it. If they don’t, then it’s very safe to assume it’s a total fake.

  2. Sorry, I didn’t realize how craptacular that site was when I posted the files there! If anybody wants to host them elsewhere, feel free to take them.

  3. Quick, cut out its brain before the memory patterns degrade to useless mush! It’s brain might be more advanced than ours. I’ve gotta think it smells real bad.

  4. It certainly looks like the real deal? How does this look like the real deal? It looks like a cell phone photo of a large stuffed animal.

  5. I looked at the picture last night… and it looks like a decayed gorilla to me. (Okay, I also thought it looked an awful lot like Clarance Beeks from the end of Trading Places. 8-))

    It would, of course, be great to find a new species… but I’m not particularly hopeful.

  6. Shenanigans. It looks like a bad picture of a gorilla suit in a refrigerator. I want to believe, but come on!

  7. Yeah, I don’t buy it at all. I’m entertained by the attention its getting and will enjoy seeing this hoax played out, though.

  8. Any guess what this is viral marketing for? Mountain Dew? Google Android? John McCain’s running mate?

  9. A single, low resolution, badly arranged photograph does not convincing evidence make.

    I’ll be following this story, but right now my money’s on “viral marketing campaign” or “really dumb hoax”.

    I’d love to be proved wrong.

  10. Fakedy fake fake.

    I’m not going to give these hustlers the benefit of my eyeballs on their site.

  11. Or it could be a skinned dead man who for unknown reasons was tressed up in a gorilla suit – tressed up as in suit glued to his bare muscles and bones etc. Who knows, but I am just taking this as some kind of dark entertainment post anyway.

  12. Oh man, I hope its just a hoax and not a viral marketing deal. I’m so sick of adverts. That would anger me greatly.

  13. Hmm. One year on from the documentary about them? In the “silly” news-poor season?
    No truly independent investigation that I can discern?
    Everyone involved part of a limited company?
    Hot on the heels of cryptomundo’s financial problems…?

    We shall see.

  14. Wow they really crammed that guy in that freezer.
    Notice the intestines hanging out. Looks like he got hit by a truck.

  15. If it’s real — and I don’t think it is; it looks too similar to that costume everyone is passing around — I’ll be a bit bummer out that it’s dead.

  16. Looking at it since last night, and looking at photos of gorillas a bunch, I can’t tell if there are any features that don’t match a deceased gorilla.

    Of course, I don’t have the remains and any forensic tests on them…

    If one assumes that these people are fundamentally honest, Ockham’s razor would argue for an escaped Gorilla. Given the Georgia location claimed, one might usefully look at that state and neighboring states for any cases of escaped Gorilla in the last month (then year, then decade, as it’s not completely incredible that one might live for a while in the woods after escaping).

    DNA testing could easily determine if it’s a gorilla or not. They mentioned that they were doing that… If the results are “not Gorilla” and they allow others access to the remains and independent testing, *then* we may have something worth going ape over, if you pardon the pun. But extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. A leaked photo isn’t good enough.

  17. “Let’s hope some real scientists get the chance to examine it.”

    Let’s hope not. They’ve got many better things to be doing.

  18. The similarities between the photo and the costume are too close to be coincidental. The nose looks identical to that of the costume. Definitely a hoax.

  19. Why are they waiting until September 1st to let the media in? With such a great find one would think it would immediately be posted on CNN, MSNBC etc. as the greatest new species find in the history of human kind. The missing link holy grail between humans and primates…

  20. I first met Bigfoot in 1927, in a bar in Brooklyn. Little did I know that he would soon become Mrs. Joe DiMaggio

  21. I think I saw this monster on the side of the highway. He was waving a sign trying to sell me a used car with zero money down.

  22. Hoaxarama. I was excited for a bit there – my parents live in that part of Georgia. Looking for bigfoot would have been a fun activity for my dad to do with the grandkids.

  23. Why is it that people who document cryptids never seem to know how to get a decent photo? This is supposed to be a corpse in the possession of the photographers, for pete’s sakes. At least the people with the fuzzy photos of UFOs can claim they didn’t get a chance to get closer.

  24. There used to be a gorilla rest home near Blue Ridge {North} GA…….I’m just saying.

    Okay, now I need to know where ALL the gorilla rest homes are. Just in case.

    1. jratcliff63367,

      Well-documented means a NYT or BBC article or something comparable, not the Bigfoot Discussion Board.

  25. Man, I live in Palo Alto, but I’m out of town right now. I’m sure it’s a hoax, but I would have absolutely loved to go to this press conference thing.

  26. Much as I’d like to think bigfoot/yeti might be out there, I’d have to say we have a 98% chance this will be debunked really quickly.

    If it turns out to be true, it would be incredible.
    Props to Brainspore: That’s the best photo they could manage? Cue the redneck/hillbilly jokes.

  27. hy are they waiting until September 1st to let the media in?

    Because it’s a hoax. They’ve got to keep the tension up. Can’t have tension without anticipation, can’t have anticipation without a delay.

    The missing link holy grail between humans and primates…

    Humans ARE primates.

  28. Where is Palo Alto, GA?
    If they’re from Palo Alto, CA, why the heck were they on vacation in North Georgia?
    And if they’re from GA why are they having a press conference in Palo Alto, CA???

  29. When I was a kid, in the early latter half of the last century, there was this guy who would make the rounds of shopping malls and fairs on the East coast with this ‘Abominable Snowman’ thing frozen in a block of ice. It looked all mashed up, like it was partially decomposed, but you could make out some barely recognizable facial features and what looked like genitalia -the block of ice was a little bit cloudy right around the business area- as well as large hands and feet. It appeared very hairy with a dark brown coloring to the hair. I saw it a couple of times before it disappeared from regular public display. It was quite similar to what is displayed in the picture.

  30. I was so excited about this one last night (not a huge Bigfoot believer, but I guess that was part of the fun, it felt like being a little kid again, actually entertaining the idea of Bigfoot), but it sure does look like that Sasquatch costume. People were getting pretty worked up on Cryptomundo. If this is a hoax, I hope it doesn’t disappoint the true believers so much that they give up looking.

    Yetisyn, not *THAT’S* a different story.

  31. the problem with this for me is if they found the ‘corpse’ in a state of decomposition – and presumably partially eaten by passing animals and insects (note the missing eyes), what was wrong with the tongue and rather clean looking entrails hanging out there? Surely as far as ‘low hanging fruit goes’ these would have been amongst the first parts to go!

    Sadly I think there can be no other conclusion on this one than hoax. Helps brighten up the month anyway :-)

  32. There still is a gorilla sancuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was my first thought when I saw pictures of something that looks like a decaying gorilla reported to be found in north Georgia.

  33. It’s not a gorilla. It’s cool to at least check out the link before offering an opinion.

    I resized the images of the purported bigfoot and the bigfoot costume. Despite the crappy photo of the hoax, it’s easy to see there is a direct, one to one correspondence between every morphological feature of the two. Same brow ridge. Same distance between brow ridge and tip of nose. Same exact shape of nose, which is nothing like either a human or gorilla. Same length of nose. Both have an indented philtrum (the little valley between nose and upper lip) which is a human feature. (Compare this with the photos of mountain gorillas on Loren’s page.) The philtrum is exactly the same length. On and on, every feature is the same.

    It’s the costume. There’s no coincidence. There’s no mistake. There is, especially, no gorilla. It’s the costume.

    I don’t quite get Loren’s post about this silliness. Since he posted the overlayed photos of the fake and the costume, which likewise show they are exactly the same, I can only assume his discussion of this nonsense was written with tongue jammed firmly in cheek.

  34. BTW — no offense to anybody except the boneheads who perpetrated this idiotic hoax. If you didn’t look at the Cryptomundo link or other background, it would be natural to think of a gorilla as a reasonable explanation. In this case, however, it’s just not THE explanation.

  35. BTW BTW…

    Re: Philtrum. I didn’t mean to assert that the philtrum per se is only a human feature, just that this kind of philtrum is distinctly human, allowing us to produce a wide variety of lip motions.

    I’ll shut up now.

  36. #74 – Are you sure that it’s just not an extremely accurate costume? I think it’s more likely that this was the Bigfoot used as a model for the costume rather than a hoax. :)

  37. Hmmm. That costume looks suspiciously like this other new Bigfoot sighting, in Northern California in the redwoods. But it seems that this video is real proof that Bigfoot not only lives, but loves.
    Check it out here:

  38. I hope this means an end to those stupid Slim Jim commercials. (Or whatever product that has idiots teasing da hairy beast.)

  39. Isn’t the press conference today? Is that noon cali time, I suppose (so use East coasters have to wait hours for it to be revealed to be a marketing hoax?

    And I still can’t get Cryptomundo to load.

    Unrelated, but Bug me not has been down for days, too.


  40. GE Gardener (#74), there’s no doubt that Loren, having seen much of Biscardi’s hoaxing over the years posted about this “find” with tongue-in-cheek. Indeed, it’s men like Biscardi that ruin it for honest cryptozoologists like Loren Coleman (think of it as three steps forward for found real evidence, five steps backward for every hoax). He most likely posted it if only to allow some comedy to happen on the Crpytomundo site (without knowing it’d cause it to crash).

    Eutychus (#21), Tom Biscardi has absolutely nothing to do with Cryptomundo; The bloggers on that site are legitimately trying to discover the truth behind cryptids, not con people. Also, it’s not the site that’s in danger; it’s Loren Coleman’s cryptozoology museum (as posted here on Boing Boing).

    Xalieri (#62), the chances of this being part of Cartoon Network are actually nil. Biscardi has been trolling around conning people with these charades for at least a decade. Cartoon Network maybe part of Warner Brothers’ conglomerate, but they wouldn’t associate with someone like Biscardi.

  41. I watched the press conference today. Whitton said during the interview that he didn’t believe in Bigfoot until he found one. Meanwhile, says that “Whitton and Dyer are co-owners of” The domain name was registered at least as far back as 2003 according to*/ Granted, it was a GoDaddy “domain parked” page for as long as it was archived, but that’s at least suspect. The latest Whois records for the domain show Whitton as the owner. The previous owner was a Mr. Ronald Chumley from Texas. His registration ended in March 08. Apparently the domain remained unregistered from that point until Whitton picked it up in May 2008. Not sure when this “specimen” was supposedly found, but it seems like it was a recent (as in weeks, not months) discovery. Which leads me to ask why he registered the domain if he didn’t believe in Bigfoot…

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