It is a question so often lamented in relation to the study of mystery beasts: "If they exist, then why do we never find their bodies?"
Among claims of mystery monsters, perhaps none have warranted this question so much as Bigfoot, the giant man-ape believed by many to exist in the remote wilds of America. Betting on the creature's existence would indeed be a gamble, considering that despite the incredible number of anecdotal reports collected by researchers over the years, very little hard proof has emerged that can satisfy the rigors of testable science.
As far as this discussion relates to the purported existence of creatures like Bigfoot, theories about how or why they may have managed remained so secretive range from the idea that they bury their dead, to far-out ideas which incorporate them as part of some multidimensional interaction between our world and theirs.
Whether or not you prescribe to belief in space-time Sasquatches of the latter sort, the debate over whether an actual, physical animal could exist has erupted again, following the announcement by a Florida group that they could have a severed arm that once belonged to an indigenous mystery hominid.
The group, which calls themselves The Sasquatch Hunters (hey, it's to the point), posted a note on their website about the circumstances which led to their obtaining the limb:
We received a non-human primate arm this morning. FWC officials ruled out bear and human by the makeup of the bones. What kind of primate arm this is we don't know as of yet. Here is a photograph of the arm. We are in talks now with people to test the samples we send. We are hopeful this may be a skunk ape's arm. We will find out for sure one way or another. This was found in an area with a lot of Bigfoot activity. We even found a trackway in the sand in April with 100+ tracks. We will keep you updated and hope to have a video of the arm this evening.
And as promised, they certainly did:
"It was found on the property of someone in the law enforcement community," says David Lauer, a member of The Sasquatch Hunters, in the video. He says that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were contacted, and they examined the limb to determine that it was not human (in which case a homicide investigation would have been underway), but that it did appear to belong to a primate.
A similar story several years ago involved a mysterious "hand" that had been obtained by researcher Tom Biscardi, who posted images of the discovery on his website (you can read more about it here, along with photos). However, following the examination of x-rays made of the alleged hand, it was found to merely be a badly decomposed bear's claw, from which the claws had been removed.
Will the recent discovery of a "primate" limb in Florida by The Sasquatch Hunters yield more promising results, or could this also be a misidentification?