Legend has it a giant, hairy creature that is half man and half ape roams the world in secrecy.
The story of Bigfoot has been circling the globe for centuries and now one man claims to have proof that the massive beast did exist.
While hiking in Ogden, Utah, Todd May found himself drawn to a 75 pound object he identified as the fossilized head of a Big Foot. Todd May believes in the existence of Bigfoot – a tall, hairy, bipedal ape-like creature that is known under a couple different names such as ‘Sasquatch, Ape Man, and Forest Devil’ just to name a few. It has been spotted hundreds of times in the Northwestern United States.
Todd May has glimpsed a Big Foot on more than one occasion. He even made eye contact with one before it ran away into the forest.
Big Foot is an elusive creature that could be hiding just about anywhere although traditionally it’s thought to prefer isolated forests and woodlands where it has a reliable food and water source and can easily hide.
He decided to get an expert opinion. One Utah professor saw the picture of the ‘fossilized Big Foot skull’ and said it was just a rock. Todd May dismissed his opinion because the opinion had been formed based on the picture alone.
Another professor, Jesse Carlucci, at the Kimball School of Geoscience, actually saw the ‘skull’ in person and concluded that ‘without a doubt, just a highly weathered rock.’
“I found a fossilized Big Foot skull.”
A journalist can go his or her entire life waiting to hear those six magic words. And yet, on a recent weekday afternoon, that very thing happened.
Todd May, of Ogden, dropped by the offices of the Standard-Examiner to see if someone would be interested in a story about a fairly impressive fossil find. After showing off a couple of digital photos, May offered six even more compelling words — “Do you want to see it?” — followed by the motherlode of sentences: “It’s out in the trunk of my car.”
In the trunk of your car? Do I want to see it? Does Bigfoot make in the woods?
May proceeded out to his car, where he popped the hatchback on his Nissan 300 ZX. Peeling back an American flag draped across the cargo area of the vehicle, he hefted a black piece of luggage that resembled an oversized bowling-ball bag, lowering it to the asphalt of the parking lot with a clunk. He struggled to pull a noggin-sized, seemingly ordinary rock out of the bag, held it up and turned it over.
The rock looks vaguely like a smaller version of one of those Easter Island heads. Pronounced forehead. Large, flattened nose. What could only be described as a chiseled chin and jaw line.
It’s been about six weeks since May found the rock near the mouth of Ogden Canyon.
“I was looking for some fossils,” the 49-year-old “semi-retired” private investigator explains, “and I was kind of drawn to something in the ground.”
It was a rock, sticking up out of the dirt.
“So I went and dug it out, and you couldn’t tell what it was ’cause the head was face down; all you could see was the back of it,” he said. “But when I dug it out you could see the face, perfect.”
May believes his weighty prize — it tips the scales at 70 pounds — is a fossilized Bigfoot skull. What compels him to make such a claim? Because he says he has seen a couple of the nonfossilized, live skulls — attached to their monstrous, hairy bodies — in recent years.
How do others respond to May’s Bigfoot tales and his claim of finding a skull?
“The people that have seen ’em before, they kind of smile and they tell me their story,” he said. “There’s some people that kind of shrug their shoulders and think, ‘Whatever.’ You know, ‘Strange.’ ”
May says he’d be perfectly happy to allow scientists to examine his Bigfoot skull, but he wouldn’t want it to fall into someone’s hands “where it just sort of disappears.”
“I wouldn’t mind, I just don’t want to get it lost,” he said.