Mystery foot sent for examination (UPDATE: Hello!?)

“It’s not human, therefore Bigfoot” is not the correct way to reason through this. The paper didn’t really go there which was encouraging but the google search might get you to that idea.

Big foot causes big mystery in Lakveille – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger.

Authorities are trying to determine what two young boys found when they were exploring in the woods of Lakeville.

On March 29, Sgt. Steven Leanues picked up what appears to be a decomposed foot that the boys found in the woods off Pantheon Road.

Police Chief Frank Alvilhiera sent it to the medical examiner, who determined it is not human, although it appears to have five toes.

It is very likely to be bear. This happens rather frequently. They are often first mistaken for human parts. So much so that this is mentioned in forensic anthropology books, I’ve heard.

The mix-up is so common that lectures and textbooks devoted to forensic anthropology often touch on the similar appearance of bear paws and human feet.

via Severed foot suspected to be from a child was bear paw | Doubtful News.

But, unfortunately, big-footed Bigfoots don’t leave body parts lying around in the woods or else this mystery would have been solved a LONG time ago.

Photo: Lakewood Police Dept.

Photo: Lakewood Police Dept.

UPDATE: (28-Apr-2013) More than one local paper is reporting the same story – that the foot is a bear paw. Yeah, we KNEW that. But read the piece and there is NO SOURCE. Media fail. Multiple times. Besides, who reads this? People will likely only remember the headline about a Bigfoot foot and thus, believe.

  6 comments for “Mystery foot sent for examination (UPDATE: Hello!?)

  1. April 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Recently in the Galapagos, we saw a seal skeleton partially submerged in sand. A flipper was sticking out, and it looked very very much like a human hand. Someone commented that we didn’t finches to demonstrate evolution.

  2. RDW
    April 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Yep. I’d be willing to bet you a button that it’s a bear’s foot, probably carried there by some scavenging animal. Regardless, if it were a Bigfoot, the rest of the body would probably be nearby, as I doubt that a dead or footless Bigfoot could get very far. And his (or her) Bigfoot teeth would not be very likely to just disappear, either.

  3. LovleAnjel
    April 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    It’s a classic move in an anatomy lab exam to toss in some bear hand or foot bones to test the students’ abilities to recognize non-human remains. The are extremely difficult to tell apart.

    Other sources could be a disturbed burial, either Native or a forgotten recent cemetery. We have a small collection of human bones in our department. They are mostly remains from when a cemetery was (not very carefully) moved. There is no way to know who they came from – they were found along a main road and I presume they fell off whatever truck was being used to transport the material for reburial.

  4. April 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Of course it could be that bigfoots decompose and look like bears just as basking sharks decompose and look like plesiosaurs. Or not.

  5. April 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Ben Radford ran a little farther with this:

    Many many mystery mongering sites have posted the story with barely a mention that it’s bear. I think they do a disservice and have like zero interest in the truth. Frankly, I will give them information and they just refuse to include it, they just prefer to hang around with their other like-minded friends and make believe. I find that pathetic. And they know that. Therefore, Doubtful News has become persona non grata with sites like Who Forted?, Ghost Theory, The Anomalist, Mysterious Universe and Bigfoot Evidence. They REFUSE to link to our stuff. You can get your news there if you prefer the soft sell. The smart comments and better sources are here. OK, done tooting my own horn… Guess where Radford got this story. Here.

  6. Kathy
    April 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    A friend once told me he saw a bear carcass being skinned. It was hung by its front paws and he said, from the back, the musculature looked so human it gave him the creeps.

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