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While browsing the Internet, I stumbled across an interesting blog called The Australian Ape Project. This blog is used to chronicle discoveries and activities of a team made up of independent wildlife enthusiasts and bush survival experts who are investigating reports of ape-like creatures at a location on the coast of Queensland. According to the team (consisting of Ray Doherty, Nigel Francis, Anthony Laponovich and Brad Payne), their expeditions (which started in 2011) have brought forth fruitful evidence such as tree and ground nests, nonhuman footprints, ape-like vocalizations, tree knocking, quick glimpses, and even a few alleged photographs. I will be sharing the evidence here, but I also wanted to share an interesting chart which depicts their theory of how the 'Australian Apes' (often referred to as Yowies and the Junjudee) made it to Australia.
The question of how these animals got to Australia was my problem with the existence of 'Australian Bigfoot' for a long time. I had originally theorized that perhaps the 'Australian Bigfoot' could be descendants of Homo erectus which had rafted to Australia. However, I have read that a land bridge between Southeast Asia and Australia very likely existed (as the sea levels in the region were much lower) and could allow pongids like Gigantopithecus to make it there. If a land bridge didn't exist, island hopping is always a possibility which known animals have used.This chart by Ray Doherty is intriguing, and is an interesting theory on how these primates got to Australia.
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