I’ve been wondering about how animals got between Asia and North America when conditions are right, and it occurred to me to find out what I could online. What I learned came as something of a surprise.
First, that Beringia was never what you would call icebound. Not to point that it was impassable to life. The Chersky Mountains in the west and the Alaska and Brooks Mountains to the east may have been snow capped, but the low lands were pretty much ice free and comprised a tundra animals could cross easily.
Knowing this I have to wonder if humans were really restricted to the south and the southern coast. Given that we are an inquisitive and inventive beast, was there anything really that stopped these early migrants from hunting, exploring, and settling as far north as the Arctic Ocean. As far as I can see they could and did.
And not just them but other animals as well. Bigfoot for example. But what did they eat?
Well, in the early sixties the then young Farley Mowat was sent to the Canadian Arctic to a study on the local wolves of the study area. In his book Never Cry Wolf, and the movie made from it, he recounted just how he answered the question of just what those wolves ate when the caribou were not available to eat. His answer was the local mouse, which abounded in such abundance as to keep Mowat himself well nourished. So plentiful were they that there was no reasonable way either the wolves or he could ever but a dent on their numbers.
And where did the mice find their food? Evidently from the local grass, grain, leaves,and roots.
Now extend this to Beringia, a steppe of hundreds of thousands of square miles. An ocean of grass. God only knows how many mice—the billions maybe, and animals such as wolves, humans, and bigfoot to feed off them. Other than the cold the place was a damn paradise. Last I heard the proto-indians may have spent as many as 10 thousand years dwelling there until the way became clear to migrate into the lands south an east of Beringia.
And where and how did that happen? Where and how did the ice covering the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Plains melt? Did it have to be a coastal route, or is that just an assumption caused by our profound ignorance of the local conditions?
We hate not knowing so we speculate, often with inadequate information. And in time our speculations take on the patina of established fact, at least until we get evidence that we are wrong. But it can take time for us to realize and accept that we are wrong.
But my point here is, according to what I have learned it was possible for at least one large bipedal ape to cross into North America from Asia, and very possibly two. In short, the North American Sasquatch could live here and be discovered by us. You get right down to it, there was nothing stopping it.
Next I’m going to take a look at the Indonesian Hobbit and how they might have made it to Flores Island.
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