Beringia, according to what I’ve learned online, is the land that connects Asia and North America. The fact that Beringia is currently partly flooded doesn’t change that fact to my mind, and its existence means that Eurasia and North America—with the addition of Africa and South America—makes up the super continent we’ll call Trans Earth.
In terms of physical geography Beringia is sited entirely on the North America Plate, with the western edge being the Chersky Range which borders the Eurasian Plate—that’s right, Russia still has territory in North America.
During the Cretaceous—you can search for that—there were times when Beringia was dry land, allowing the migration of the tyrannasaurids and others between Eurasia and North America. In more recent times animals such as the equids were able to use the same land for the same purpose. This on at least two occasions included two different types of primate, both a type of great ape.
The Apes in Question
One of them we know as Humans, who are a type of great ape for all that we are also members of the genus Homo. The other are the animal we know as Bigfoot, or Sasquatch if you prefer.
As far as I can tell, the Sasquatch is descended from a common ancestor with the African Gorilla, and which may be known to us as Gigantopithecus. We don’t have much in the way of evidence, but it is possible the animal may have extended into what is now Northern China. He was said to be some 8 feet tall if not taller, and to weigh as much as 800 pounds. There is some debate over whether the animal was arboreal or terrestrial, but at that size and the climate he dwelt in I lean towards him as a terrestrial ape. Which means he was a biped.
Bigfoot and Beringia
Apparently bands of Gigantopithecus migrated north and west into Northwestern Eurasia. Crossing the Chersky Range they found themselves in Western Beringia, though during which times is not known. What is evidently apparent is that when Beringia was dry land from west to east it was what amounted to arid grassland, or tundra. Really fuck all to climb and clamber about for an 800 pound primate. Which means that the most likely course of evolution for the ancestor of the Bigfoot was as an erect bipedal ape. When they got past Beringia and into the rest of North America what they found meant that remaining terrestrial and bipedal was the way to go.
The Next Time
In my next post I’ll be taking a look at the Sasquatch Genome Project by Dr. Melba Ketchum. I have disagreements with her methods, her presentation, and her conclusions, but she at least has had a look. See you later.