|Please note that I do not necessarily agree with the views presented in this chart. While I do think that the Australian Apes (if they exist) are an offshoot of the Gigantopithecus branch, I do not fully agree with other views presented here.|
|The logo on the website for The Australian Ape Project.|
|Possible juvenile Australian Ape footprint found on January 9 of 2013: 7 inches long and 5.5 inches across the ball|
|32 centimeter footprint found on April 26 of 2012.|
|36 centimeter long footprint; found on April 26 of 2012|
|Footprint found in May of 2012|
|Child size footprint found on April 26 of 2012. Possible midtarsal flexion. |
Appears to be forefoot contact with heel off of the ground.
|Comparison of a forefoot print found in Queensland and two forefoot tracks of the North American Wood Ape (Sasquatch).|
The impression of a forefoot with no heel seems to indicate midtarsal flexibility in these animals' feet.
|The original photogrpah taken by Ray Doherty.|
|Magnification of the subject in the photograph. Something appears to be standing in front of the tree.|
|Enhanced magnification. Does it show an undiscovered great ape?|
The other photograph which I found slightly intriguing was taken by a trail camera (which was set to take 3 shots per activation) on September 9th of 2012. The photographs in question show what may be the arm of a juvenile Australian Ape lying in the canopy, although I personally think that it is simply shadows or a trick of light. However, the subject was estimated at a size of 3 feet 4 inches and it does seem to move in the tree. So perhaps it does show a juvenile of a Lazarus Taxon primate species in Australia. But again, photographs like this will not convince anyone.
|A juvenile Australian Ape in a tree, or a trick of light?|
|Enhancement of the subject in question.|
|Please click to enlarge. A diagram showing possible movement of the subject in the game camera images.|
Thank you for reading this article. I would like to thank the Australian Ape Project team for their hard work, and especially Ray Doherty for replying to my email and sending the chart. The Australian Ape Project blog can be found at http://theaustralianapeproject.blogspot.com/. If you are further interested in the possibility of these 'Australian Apes', I would suggest this nice article by palaeontologist Darren Naish: http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/01/19/the-yowie-australian-bigfoot/. It is nice to see a qualified scientist take an open minded look at reports of unidentified primates, and I thought it would be beneficial to viewers if I included it here. Once again, please make sure to visit the website of the Australian Ape Project. I truly think that this team of researchers may have great success in the future, as they are taking a scientific approach to this enigma and have been trying to act as amateur primatologists.
- "The Australian Ape Project: Foot Print Collection." The Australian Ape Project: Foot Print Collection. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. http://theaustralianapeproject.blogspot.com/2013/02/foot-print-collection.html.
- "The Australian Ape Project: The Story so Far, Australian Ape Research." The Australian Ape Project: The Story so Far, Australian Ape Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. http://theaustralianapeproject.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-story-so-far-australian-ape-research.html.
- "Bigfoot Evidence: Yowie-Whowie! The Land Down Under Has Baby Yowies in Trees? [Australiaâs Yowie Research]." Bigfoot Evidence: Yowie-Whowie! The Land Down Under Has Baby Yowies in Trees? [Australiaâs Yowie Research]. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. http://bigfootevidence.blogspot.com/2013/01/yowie-whowie-land-down-under-has-baby.html.
- "The Australian Ape Project: Australian Ape Nesting and Great Ape Comparison." The Australian Ape Project: Australian Ape Nesting and Great Ape Comparison. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. http://theaustralianapeproject.blogspot.com/2013/02/australian-ape-nesting-and-great-ape.html.