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'The Proof is Out There' analyzes the famous 1967 Bigfoot film to determine if it is real or a hoax


Legend has it a humanoid creature covered in fur inhabits the forested areas along the west coast of the northern US and although stories of this mythical monster have been told since the 1800s, no one has been able to prove its existence.

The closest and most compelling evidence of Bigfoot was captured in 1967, when Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson shot footage of a furry figure walking through Bluff Creek in Northern California.

The grainy, one-minute clip has sparked many investigations into its authenticity and DailyMail.com received an early look of the History Channel’s ‘The Proof is Out There’ that dissects the famous film with the hopes of solving the mystery – was the figure someone in a suit or really Bigfoot?

‘The Proof is Out There’ episode about Bigfoot will run tonight at 10pm ET.

The show has brought on a team of experts to use the latest and greatest technology for this mission, including artificial intelligence and computer vision algorithms.

‘We are trying to figure out the origins of man, the big bang, evolution and if God crated heaven and earth,’ Tony Harris, veteran television journalist and host of ‘The Proof is Out There,’ told DailyMail.com in a phone interview.

‘Scientists saying science explains a lot but not all of it, so we are on a quest to learn who we are and where we come from.

‘This film still stands up as something that deserves greater scrutiny and the images on the screen connect us to who we are and where we come from.’ 

The episode looks at the way the figure’s foot interacts with the ground, how its body moves through the suit and its skull, which the experts say is similar to an early human species that lived three million years ago.

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The closest and most compelling evidence of Bigfoot’s existence was captured in 1967, when Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson shot footage of a furry figure walking through Bluff Creek in Northern California.

The closest and most compelling evidence of Bigfoot’s existence was captured in 1967, when Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson shot footage of a furry figure walking through Bluff Creek in Northern California.

The video, known as the Patterson-Gimlin film, was shot while the men were out on a quest to find the elusive beast.

Both on horseback, the pair came around a bend and spotted a giant, furry creature strutting along the riverbed.

Its sloped head and torso were pushed forward, its upper back hunched, thigh muscles rippling and long arms swinging at its side.

Patterson jumped off his spooked horse, grabbed his camera and scrambled across the dusty ground toward the creature while waving the camera in one hand hoping to capture some footage.

The video, known as the Patterson-Gimlin film, was shot while the men were out on a quest to find the elusive beast. Left is Patterson and right is Gimlin while they look at ceramic casts they made of the footprints allegedly left behind by the creature in 1967

The video, known as the Patterson-Gimlin film, was shot while the men were out on a quest to find the elusive beast. Left is Patterson and right is Gimlin while they look at ceramic casts they made of the footprints allegedly left behind by the creature in 1967 

The picture steadied as the creature turns to look over its right shoulder – as calm as can be – before disappearing into the forest.

Dr Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, said during the show: ‘We are here 50 years later because advances in technology have provided opportunities to consider the film in novel ways.’

‘The Proof is Out There’ episode about Bigfoot will run tonight at 10pm ET and is hosted by Tony Harris  (pictured)

‘The Proof is Out There’ episode about Bigfoot will run tonight at 10pm ET and is hosted by Tony Harris  (pictured)

Meldrum, along with computer scientist Isaac Tian and Bill Munns, who is a veteran Hollywood costume and special effects designer, used artificial intelligence, computer vision and costume expertise to see details that have gone unnoticed for five decades.

Although the original film was lost, the team were able to replicate it by taking existing duplicates and making 22 different copies, each with a different variation, and then they used an AI program to integrate all the copies. 

Computer vision algorithms were applied to stabilize the images, producing a final version that is much clearer to make out – as if Patterson had the camera standing on a tripod while shooting from the riverbed.

Bob Heironimus, a retired Pepsi bottler from Yakima, came forward years after the footage was released claiming he wore the costume used to make the ‘fake’ video.

The 1967 film was shot in Bluff Creek, California (pictured is its location on a map). The grainy one-minute clip has sparked many investigations into its authenticity and DailyMail.com received an early look of the History Channel’s ‘The Proof is Out There’ that dissects the famous film with the hopes of solving the mystery

The 1967 film was shot in Bluff Creek, California (pictured is its location on a map). The grainy one-minute clip has sparked many investigations into its authenticity and DailyMail.com received an early look of the History Channel’s ‘The Proof is Out There’ that dissects the famous film with the hopes of solving the mystery

Because the original film was lost, the team decided to replicate it by taking existing duplicates and making 22 different copies, each with a different variation, and then they used an AI program to integrate all the copies

Because the original film was lost, the team decided to replicate it by taking existing duplicates and making 22 different copies, each with a different variation, and then they used an AI program to integrate all the copies

However, Gimilin, who is still alive, refutes the claims and sticks to his story that it was Bigfoot he and Patterson saw in the woods 50 years ago.

‘The Proof is Out There’ experts looked at the creature’s foot in the film and with the redesigned footage, they are able to see how the its foot interacts with the ground while walking.

There is a flexing in the middle of the foot, which is commonly seen in apes and not humans, and an upward turning of the toes that would be impossible to see if it was just a person in a costume.

Definition is also seen in the calf muscles as the creature walks, which would not be seen in manmade furry suit either.

Such suits are typically made with a simple fabric that does not provide any definition of the body – they typically just hang on the person wearing it. 

There is a flexing in the middle of the foot, which is commonly seen in apes and not humans, and an upward turning of the toes that would be impossible to see if it was just a person in a costume

There is a flexing in the middle of the foot, which is commonly seen in apes and not humans, and an upward turning of the toes that would be impossible to see if it was just a person in a costume

The experts compare the skull of the figure to that of australopithecine, which is extinct early human species that lived in East Africa about three million years ago. They said: 'one could speculate that this species did not go extinct, but expanded into Asia, crossed the Bering Strait and made its way down through North America to exist as sasquatch'

The experts compare the skull of the figure to that of australopithecine, which is extinct early human species that lived in East Africa about three million years ago. They said: ‘one could speculate that this species did not go extinct, but expanded into Asia, crossed the Bering Strait and made its way down through North America to exist as sasquatch’

The measurements of the potential Bigfoot work out to it being at least seven feet tall and based on its proportions, the History Channel experts say it weighs about 700 to 800 pounds.

If the furry creature was nothing more than a man in a suit, Patterson and Gimlin would have needed to find a human that size to fill in the costume, the team said in agreeance. 

Focusing the on the head and neck, the eyes of the creature look directly at the cameras as it strolls by.

When it comes to costumes, any movement of the head the fake fur will be skewed on one side or texture will changed, Munz said in the episode.

Even the muscles on the back of Bigfoots neck look like those of an ape.

‘I am struck as an anatomist by the massive size of these trapezius muscles and their intermediate attachment on the back of the skull. This is not a human configuration,’ Meldrum said.

Meldrum compares the skull of the figure to that of australopithecine, which is extinct early human species that lived in East Africa about three million years ago.

When it comes to costumes, any movement of the head the fake fur will be skewed on one side or texture will changed. Even the muscles on the back of Bigfoots neck look like those of an ape

When it comes to costumes, any movement of the head the fake fur will be skewed on one side or texture will changed. Even the muscles on the back of Bigfoots neck look like those of an ape

One could speculate that this species did not go extinct, but expanded into Asia, crossed the Bering Strait and made its way down through North America to exist as sasquatch

One could speculate that this species did not go extinct, but expanded into Asia, crossed the Bering Strait and made its way down through North America to exist as sasquatch

‘All of the bony landmarks of Patty’s [the figure in the film] correlates with proportions seen in this skull,’ said Meldrum.

He then says one could speculate that this species did not go extinct, but expanded into Asia, crossed the Bering Strait and made its way down through North America to exist as sasquatch.

‘I can take look at the film and look at what we know about anatomy and primates and image a world where the bigfoot exists,’ Harris told DailyMail.com

‘I remain in the camp that wants more information and I think we are going to get it.

‘Part of the beauty of the show, I think, is that we will get the evidence.’ 



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