I love the way things seem to "come around" in cycles, and it seems, lately, that all the "Wild Men" stories from all around the world are having their turn. Of course, the one we know of best, here in the U.S., is "Bigfoot", or, as the First People know him, "Sasquatch".
Naturally, the question that comes to mind is, just who are these creatures (if it's true they actually exist)? Where did they come from? And are they related to us?
I think we now who they are. Of course it's only speculation on my part - but think about this.
40,000 years ago, there was a THIRD species of human on the planet, living in and around both Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens. The Denisovans.
Denisovan DNA survives in peoples who populate the Southwest Pacific, just as Neanderthal DNA survives in populations whose origins lie in Europe.
The thing is, we don't know what the Denisovans looked like. We DO know they existed in Central Asia 40,000 years ago, but we know little else.
Where did they come from? How did they get to Central Asia? How many of them were there and how long had they been there?
Could it be that they have survived and THEY are the source of the "Wild Men" stories that exist from the Urals of Eastern Europe, to the jungles of Southeast Asia, to almost all the wild and forested areas of North America? Could they have come across the land bridge between Asia and North America that existed during the last ice age?
When they find one of these guys, and they say "Denisovan", just remember you read it here, first.