Is the plural of Big Foot, "Big Foots", or "Big Feet"?

Geoff 
Geoff: Despite the jocular nature of the title there is a vaguely intellectual reason behind this post.

A group of Swiss and British scientists are going to conduct genetic testing on a collection of remains which have (at one time or another) been attributed to Big Foots or Yetis.

Michel Sartori, of the Lausanne Museum of Zoology has agreed for Professor Bryan Sykes, of Oxford University, to conduct indepth scientific tests on the entire collection of assorted remains (hair and bone fragments mainly), which the late biologist Bernard Heuvelmans collected and is held at the Lausanne.

The basis of the testing is to determine whether there is any evidence supporting any of eye witness accounts of encounters with large, hairy bipeds in both North America and Asia.

I don't hold out much hope. I suspect that many a bear hair will be discounted. While I can't say for certain that they won't discover some rather unusual results, I don't hold out much for even an inkling of evidence of a sasquatch.
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duncan124
duncan124:
The CIA admited that they had invented the whole story I read somewhere.
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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: They have found fossils of a mammal with characteristics of the modern day Big Foot as you describe. However, the mammal is thought to be extinct and there are people claiming it's still alive. It will be funny to prove these fanatical Big Foot hunters wrong.
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StuckInTheSixties
StuckInTheSixties:

"They have found fossils of a mammal with characteristics of the modern day Big Foot as you describe."

No, they haven't.

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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: It's called Gigantopithecus.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantopithecus
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StuckInTheSixties
StuckInTheSixties:

I stand corrected. I'd not heard of this. Humble apologies.

But there's one significant item in that Wiki article that bears attention:

Gigantopithecus's method of locomotion is uncertain, as no pelvic or leg bones have been found. The dominant view is that it walked on all fours like modern gorillas and chimpanzees; however, a minority opinion favor bipedal locomotion, most notably championed by the late Grover Krantz, but this assumption is based only on the very few jawbone remains found, all of which are U-shaped and widen towards the rear. This allows room for the windpipe to be within the jaw, allowing the skull to sit squarely upon a fully erect spine like modern humans, rather than roughly in front of it, like the other great apes.

The majority view is that the weight of such a large, heavy animal would put enormous strain on the creature's legs, ankles and feet if it walked bipedally; while if it walked on all four limbs, like gorillas, its weight would be better distributed over each limb.


So it seems extremely likely that though they were big like a Big Foot/Yeti, they didn't walk around the way that Big Foot/Yeti is supposed to.

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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: Interesting. Some pictures display it as quadrupedal and others as bipedal. If it was 9 feet tall it probably walked similar to a bear.
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StuckInTheSixties
StuckInTheSixties:

Unfortunately, they haven't found too many fossils of this species.

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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: They seem to find a lot of other pre-Homo Sapien skeletons though. I say look harder.
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smoke4ever
smoke4ever: a herd of bigfoot or a colony of bigfoot.
lol
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Geoff 
Geoff: I don't think they'll be suing fossils. Fossils are specifically bones (and other hard biological structures like shells) that have turned to stone. You can't run DNA tests on stone.

The collection that was amassed by Heuvelmans is (from what I have read) comprised of recent finds (last 50 years or so). Apparently it is quite an extensive collection, of varying provenance.

They are also welcoming submissions from around the world for testing.
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magnusalexrawstron
magnusalexrawstron: Bigfoot is a slang term, Sasquatch or Yeti are the true names.
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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: Anyone hear about that Neanderthal that had a tumor in his leg? I wonder what caused it. Was it skin cancer, tobacco, alcohol, stress, radiation, coffee, bad diet, or genetic disposition.
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ghostgeek
ghostgeek: Bigfoot sounds right. Same as sheep is both singular and plural. As for the Neanderthal that had the tumour, it was bad luck.
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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: Foot = singular
Feet = plural
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Geoff 
Geoff: So many people read the title but the not the opening post.

We haven't even got past page one.
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Geoff 
Geoff: I'm intelligent enough to a) see through your shit, b) not believe in Santa.
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ghostgeek
ghostgeek: What would happen if the conclusion to all that testing was that Bigfoot does actually exist? If the world knew Bigfoot was out there in the woods somewhere do you think it would be left alone? I don't. Every tree and blade of grass would be combed until it was found. Then what? Studied to extinction most likely or penned up in a zoo.
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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: What are some of the tallest bipedal animals?

Homo sapiens most likely. Most primates walk on all fours. Marsupials, armadillos, and ostriches are bipedal. Red Kangaroos can grow up to 6ft 7 inches (2 meters for metric users). So I guess Kangaroos can be the tallest bipeds.
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ghostgeek
ghostgeek: Think dinosaurs. Some of those walked on two legs eg., Tyrannosaurus Rex. Some people claim dinosaurs still exist in some jungle somewhere.
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Metaphorguy
Metaphorguy: Well dinosaurs are different. They are closer to reptiles than mammals. But here's an interesting story:

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-oil-emerges-venezuela-jurassic.html

Apparently, paleontologists found evidence of many fossils from the Paleozoic era up to pretty recently on the geologic time scale in Venezuela. They'd like to find evidence of humans hunting some of the animals that are thousands of years old that have now become extinct.
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electrician25hr
electrician25hr: The plural of Big Foot, is Big Feet's
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