Bigfoot’s Footprint? Or Pereidolia?

I noticed a cute little fluff piece in my local paper the other day: a man in BC had discovered a rock with an indentation that looks like a footprint:

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That’s pretty cool, but I think it might just be a coincidence, a case of pereidolia. There are hills where there should be valleys. The people who found it did the right thing and sent pictures to anthropologists and paleontologists to verify whether or not it is a real fossil.

I didn’t think anything of the story until today when I saw this article in the Calgary Herald, which speculates that it may be Bigfoot’s footprint. What the hell, Calgary Herald?!

1. It hasn’t even been confirmed that this is a real footprint.

2. The guy who found it said his foot fit perfectly in the indentation…if it is a real footprint it’s probably human.

3. Bigfoot? Seriously? Maybe if Bigfoot were found to be real and residing in BC it would be reasonable, but there’s no reason why this reporter should be speculating that this is Bigfoot’s footprint.

A pathetic bit of reporting on what is otherwise a fun story.

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1 Response to “Bigfoot’s Footprint? Or Pereidolia?”


  1. 1 Exactly! August 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The Press has been having a Interesting twist on Words with this story. The story was Initially sent to a local paper to get interest of paleontologist, geologists, or archealogists in an attempt to have this print explained.

    It has ended up on several bigfoot sites, and still remains to be explained what processes created this print.

    There is a site with close up photos, as well as new ones to be loaded daily. So keep checking, and perhaps you can explain what this is….


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