Update on Bigfoot Skull found near Lovelock, NV

Update on Bigfoot Skull found near Lovelock, NV

The Lovelock Skull and many other skulls are finds that might shed some light on the anatomy of a Sasquatch.

The Lovelock Skull (also known as the Humbolt Basin Skull) is not a new discovery, nor is the idea new that it once rested on the shoulders of a sasquatch, but this article will attempt to shed new light on some additional facts that tells us this is indeed a sasquatch skull. One piece of new insight is rendered by a fairly recent clear photograph of a famed short haired Desert Sasquatch. This type of sasquatch inhabits parts of the southwestern United States. If this is indeed an authentic photo, the short hair allows for a more detailed study of its features as it compares to the Lovelock Skull.

The first images (below) represent a modern human skull. The one beside it is a large unusual skull found in the Humbolt Sink Flats near Lovelock, Nevada in 1967.

Note the browridge, sloping forehead, high vault of the cranium, and protruding jawline on this unusual skull, all typical sasquatch traits.

Below is a possible sasquatch in Southern California. Notice how the general features follows the same pattern as the skull. Not only can we study a reasonably sharp image of a sasquatch head in profile, but it has short hair enabling us to better determine the relative shape of the skull. There have been many reports of short haired sasquatches in the southwestern U.S., and I believe this one photographed in So. Calif. is real. I can’t attest to the authenticity of this photograph, but the skull and photograph seem to correspond to one another in their respective profiles, following the same general contours.

To see a much larger image of the sasquatch head click on the following image which links to a video, enlarge the screen and pause at the 1:15 minute mark. This is not your usual blob squatch captured on a cell phone in a shaded forest; the sun is high overhead bathing it in full sunshine, and the clarity is of such quality you can see some of the individual hairs on it.

Anthropologists from the University of Utah studied the Lovelock skull and wrote a paper on it titled, “An Unsual Skull from near Lovelock, Nevada.” Here is a statement from that paper:

“Striking features of this specimen include a notably strong browridge, a remarkably developed protruding nuchal crest with a distinct external inion process, and a true os inca or interparietal bone. The skull is large, ovoid (undeformed), with a fairly high vault but a low and retreating forehead and marked post-orbital constriction.”

Likewise, looking at the S. Calif. sasquatch head, it too has a fairly high vault but a low retreating forehead. The article also states the skull had “marked post-orbital constriction.” Post-orbital constriction is the narrowing of the cranium (skull) just behind the eye sockets. In the photo below look at how much the sides of the Lovelock skull tapers in just before the eye sockets (left) compared to the outline of a Homo sapien skull (right) and then look at our S. Calif. sasquatch’s head (bottom) at how much from the ears forward the head takes on a narrower appearance.

The scientific community would never even consider a sasquatch connection to the unusual skull found in Nevada. Many have long believed there have been a number of sasquatch skeleton finds, but those finds inevitably get classified as human and stored away in universities or museums never to be seen again, often lost in storage. Below is an article about one of many possible finds, this one occurring a 100 years ago in Wisconsin consisting of skeletons up to 9 feet tall. Of special interest is the description of sloping foreheads on the large skulls. Here is a portion of that article:

Strange Skulls

“First reported in the 4 May 1912 issue of the New York Times, the 18 skeletons found by the Peterson brothers on Lake Lawn Farm in southwest Wisconsin exhibited several strange and freakish features. Their heights ranged between seven and nine feet and their skulls “presumably those of men, are much larger than the heads of any race which inhabit America to-day.” Above the eye sockets, “the head slopes straight back and the nasal bones protrude far above the cheek bones. The jaw bones are long and pointed, bearing a minute resemblance to the head of the monkey. The teeth in the front of the jaw are regular molars.”

So, again, we have strange large skulls, uncharacteristic of Homo sapiens, with sloping forheads on 7 to 9 foot skeletons. The monkey like “long jaw” must be a reference to its protruding jaw. It also states, “the nasal bones protrude far above the cheek bones.” Similarly, studying the Lovelock skull the anthropologist’s paper noted the root of the nose was high. As can be seen below the nasal cavity of the modern human skull (top left) is lower than the nasal cavity of the Lovelock Skull (bottom). Top right is a Neanderthal skull. Like Homo sapiens it also has a lower placement of the nasal cavity. For those who suggest bigfoot is really a Neanderthal the answer is “No.” The Lovelock Skull is miles different from a Neanderthal skull. Moreover, Dr. Melba Ketchum’s DNA studies conclude the unknown nuDNA found in the sasquatch genome does not match Neanderthal nor Denisovan man.

Homo sapien . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Homo neanderthalensis

Lovelock Skull (left) Patty from Patterson/Gimlin film (right)

Pictured above notice how the nose of the sasquatch from the Patterson/Gimlin film is high and wide, the result of a higher nasal cavity. I believe evidence like this grants “cross validation” of the principle subjects, validating both the Lovelock skull as belonging to a sasquatch, and validating “Patty” as a real sasquatch since she has unique features relative to that species. Pictured below is the Necochea skull, another hominid skull found in the Americas. Notice the high placement of the nasal cavity and other features that are totally unlike Homo sapiens.

There are other photos of sasquatches that show a facial ratio different from humans. In humans the distance from the mouth to the bottom of the nose is shorter than the distance from the bottom of the nose to the center of the eyes. But sasquatches tend to have an equal distance between all three. Below is Patty from the Patterson/Gimlin film. in that picture the red lines across the sasquatch’s face depicts human proportions. Because her nose is higher her face is proportioned differently. For comparison purposes next to the female sasquatch is a short haired human female.

This unusual skull found near the Lovelock Cave, Nevada (also known as the Lovelock Skull, or sometimes called the Humboldt Skull because it was actually found in the Humboldt Sink Flats a few miles from Lovelock), has a number of other “striking” features.

Included in the paper written by the anthropologists who studied this skull are items they termed as “unusual features.” one being a markedly developed protruding nuchal crest. The nuchal crest is where the rear neck muscles attach to the skull. It is located at the lower right end of the Lovelock skull pictured below (left). Human skulls have no such markedly protruding nuchal crest unlike what is visible on the Lovelock Skull. Pictured below (right) is the same skull from another angle showing the two protrusions of the nuchal crest at either side of the back of the Lovelock Skull, whose purpose would be to support very large neck muscles. This is unlike what you will ever find on any normal human skull.

Having such a large protruding nuchal crest means there were very large neck muscles attached to this skull. That fits the bill of the So. Cal. sasquatch pictured below whose neck muscles branch out from the head. Why do the large sasquatch heads need more muscular support than comparable human heads do? Of course I’m only speculating as to why they have such large neck muscles, but quadrupeds in fact do need much larger muscles to support their heads, and sasquatches are sometimes observed moving on all fours which would necessitate strong supporting neck muscles.

A common observation reported among sasquatch sightings is they are said to have no neck. Although of course they do have necks, but since the neck muscles are so large compared to humans they do not form the more constricted column below the head like human necks do, but branch out. I once saw a sasquatch at a distance that I at first thought was an extremely tall man wearing a coat with a hood draped over his head, but it seems the neck muscles tapered down to the shoulders, only appearing like he was wearing a hood on his head.

The anthropologists paper stated, “The mastoic processes were quite large and the supramastoid crests were well developed.” The mastoic processes are bones used for the attachment of the more forward neck muscles. Like the extremely large nuchel crest for the attachment of the rear neck muscles, the Lovelock skull also has large mastoic processes which means it also had large muscles attached to the front of the neck as well. All the items so far noted on this skull are conducive with what we would expect to find on a sasquatch skull.

Their paper also mentioned “supramastoid crests;” the temporal muscles attach to these crests. The temporal muscle, or temporalis muscle, is one of several chewing muscles that is necessary for crushing objects between the molars. Given the Lovelock Skull has large well developed supramastoid crests these chewing muscles attached to them were large as well. We’ll just say you wouldn’t want to get bit by one of these things.

Included in the odd features of this skull are what appears to some to be double rows of teeth, an idea championed by M.K. Davis and others. Pictured below is the underside of the Lovelock Skull displaying the supposed double rows of teeth; however, the holes seen in the photo below are normal dentition found in humans caused by the multiple roots on molars.

Nevertheless, it should have been obvious by now that this is not a modern human skull, yet experts in this field declare it is Homo sapien by default due to scientists being “unaware” of anything else to attach it to. The anthropologists who wrote the paper on this skull likened it to “. . . Eastern Asiatic subdivision of the general Upper Paleolithic Homo sapiens.” So, they likened it to a “subdivision” of Homo sapiens who once lived during the Upper Paleolithic, that era lasting from 50,000 to 10,000 years ago, even though this skull is not anywhere near that ancient.

This same senario plays out over and again, misidentifying bigfoot bones for the only category they know to ascribe it to, human. An example that typifies this repeated problem is recorded by Ray Crowe who notes another possible sasquatch skull find. “1965: Minarets Region of the Sierra Nevada, California. A partial Bigfoot skull (calvarium) was found by a physician. A pathologist said it was not human. It was sent to UCLA, where anthropologists said it was an old Indian skull, since the only ancient hominids residing in the Sierras were Indians, so it must be an Indian. They did say that it had odd features such as a nuchal crest. It’s presently lost in storage. Reported by the BFRO.” From Why are there no Sasquatch Bodies or Bones?

And there you have it. There have been many bigfoot skeletal finds that invariably are labeled human, stuck in drawers or crates at universities or musuems, and consequently lost somewhere in storage. Perhaps the one good thing derived from that though is it settles the ape vs hominid debate. These skeletal finds are consistently labeled hominid. Being covered in hair is the main feature that lends it an ape attribute, but it should be remembered that the earlier species of man were hair covered too, and it would seem sasquatches possess throwbacks from early man, the smaller frontal lobes being one.

Earlier in this paper I mentioned an article about 18 skeletons found in Wisconsin, ranging from 7 to 9 feet tall. Besides a number of freakish features also observed on the Lovelock Skull, the large skulls on these 18 individuals were likewise said to have double rows of teeth. Perhaps this is a misidentification, but there are other early finds where observers claimed they had double rows of teeth.

Two Giant Skeletons Near Potosi, WI

“The January 13th, 1870 edition of the Wisconsin Decatur Republican reported that two giant, well-preserved skeletons of an unknown race were discovered near Potosi, WI by workers digging the foundation of a saw mill near the bank of the Mississippi river. One skeleton measured seven-and-a-half feet, the other eight feet. The skulls of each had prominent cheek bones and double rows of teeth.”

I ran across this story of a large skeleton found in Morrow County, Ohio in 1829

“Construction workers building the new hotel in Chesterville are all abuzz this morning after making an unusual discovery. The workers dug into a nearby native burial mound to get material for making bricks and uncovered a large human skeleton. Particularly noteworthy was the jawbone which was larger than the jaw of a notably large-jawed local citizen. A local physician examined the cranium and reported that it was proportionately larger and had more teeth than the white race of today. The skeleton was taken to Mansfield for further examination.”

The doctor noted the large cranium. The Lovelock Skull likewise has a sloping forehead but a vaulted cranium. Often times when people speak of the high area on the heads of sasquatches they refer to it as a sagittal crest. But examining these likely sasquatch skulls it’s not a sagittal crest that gives it that appearance at all, it is the shape of the cranium itself. So, people who refer to bigfoot as having a sagittal crest are mistaken and we need to drop that description from bigfoot vocabulary. They have retreating foreheads with vaulted craniums.

The ridge of bone on the top of the cranium in the photos below is a sagittal crest like seen on gorillas.

Sagittal Crest

South America has its own version of bigfoot known by different regional names all over the continent. The Nocochea Skull found in Argentina is practically a kissing cousin of the Lovelock Skull, as can clearly be seen below. A portion of the top of the skull is missing, filled in with a dotted line that might not represent the full extent of the vaulted cranium which could be more comparable to the Lovelock skull. But all the features match up really well, like the nuchal crest and the mastoic processes at the base of the skull follow a similar pattern. Note: the image of the Nocochea skull seems to be rotated back further than the Lovelock skull image.

Necochea Skull, Argentina

Lovelock Skull, Nevada

Historical Setting of the Lovelock Skull

Near where the Lovelock Skull was found was the scene of a famous battle between Paiute Indians and red haired giants, said to be as much as 12 feet tall. As the story goes they would kill and eat the Paiutes; so, all the tribes in the area finally joined together to rid themselves of the giants. One day as they chased down the few remaining red-haired enemy, the fleeing giants took refuge in a cave. The tribal chiefs had warriors fill the entrance to the cavern with brush and then set it on fire in a bid to force the giants out of the cave. The few that did emerge were instantly slain with volleys of arrows. The giants that remained inside the cavern were asphyxiated. Later, an earthquake rocked the region and the cave entrance collapsed leaving only enough room for bats to enter it and make it their home.

Thousands of years later the cave was rediscovered and found to be loaded with bat guano almost 6-feet deep. Decaying bat guano becomes saltpeter, the chief ingredient of gunpowder, and was very valuable. Therefore, in 1911 a company was created specifically to mine the guano. As the mining operation progressed, skeletons and fossils were found. The guano was mined for almost 13 years before archaeologists were notified about the findings. Unfortunately, by then many of the artifacts had been accidentally destroyed or simply discarded. Nevertheless, the scientific researchers did unearth the mummified remains of two red-haired giants—one, a female 6.5-feet tall, the other male, over 8-feet tall.


As the excavation of the cave progressed, the archaeologists came to the inescapable conclusion that the Paiutes myth was no myth; it was true. What led them to this realization was the discovery of many broken arrows that had been shot into the cave and a dark layer of burned material under sections of the overlaying guano. But that was not to be the final chapter of red-haired giants in Nevada. In February and June of 1931, two very large skeletons were found in the Humboldt dry lake bed near Lovelock, Nevada. One of the skeletons measured 8.5-feet tall and was later described as having been wrapped in a gum-covered fabric similar to Egyptian mummies. The other was nearly 10-feet long.”

So, near where the Lovelock Skull was found in the Humboldt dry lake bed two skeletons, 8 1/2 and nearly 10 feet long, were found. In the Lovelock cave they found some red hair with the remains of two skeletons, one over 8 feet tall. If you will notice the short haired Desert Sasquatch that was used for comparison purposes to the Lovelock skull has reddish hair. That photo was taken in southern California not geographically far removed from the red hair giants of Lovelock Cave. Is it a distance relative of the bigfoot that once was the Lovelock Skull?

Here is an official Paiute account of the Red Haired Giants:

“Before White intruders started to push into Paiute land, the Koop Ticutta fought with some Indians they did not know. The Koop Ticutta didn’t know where they came from, but they were very tall and had red hair all over their bodies. (Auburn Rhodes) Not only did the Koop Ticutta band fight with these strange Indians, but other Paiute bands also fought them. These strange Indians were said to have eaten human flesh. (Sarah Winnemucca) Since they ate human flesh, the Paiute people called them Numa Ticutta, People Eaters. (Ione Allen)”


The Lovelock Skull has gained notoriety in recent times as belonging to a bigfoot, with many of its features conducive with those found on that “hominid.” Hominid is the consistent identification rendered by experts who have studied the Lovelock and similar sasquatch skulls and skeletons found from the northern latitudes to the southern reaches of the Americas. This relict hominid is likely from one of the many subdivisions of early man with the grand exception of not dying out. Its main inclusion of being an ape in some people’s minds is due to its coat of hair, deemed apelike due to our natural way of reasoning that groups hairy beasts with primates, but early man was hair covered and we can’t declare that feature comes from an ape attribute. Bigfoot is also said to have a pronounced sagittal crest, another ape designation, but we need to drop that term from our bigfoot vocabulary. It has a retreating forehead and a vaulted cranium. Actually, sasquatches have very few novelties that one can ascribe only to apes and not to man, possible exceptions being they can knuckle walk quadrupedally, have a midtarsal break in their feet, and possibly (unknown) could have laryngeal air sacs. But I wonder if even those characteristics cannot be ascribed to genes passed down from early man.

New research has discovered that some humans have a midtarsal break to varying degrees. Jeremy DeSilva, assistant professor of anthropology at Boston University says some modern humans might share foot ancestry with the early hominin Australopithecus sediba which enjoyed a midtarsal hinge much like apes. He concludes 1 in 13 humans share this trait, found more so among the lesser arched feet. A common observation for sasquatches are its archless footprints. I’ve cast prints of their flat feet.

All in all the anthropologists who have studied the Lovelock Skull or other likely bigfoot skeletons have always rendered them human; therefore I believe the argument is over. We need to drop the idea of a possible ape in the woods and come to the realization that they have already been identified as a species of man, albeit these anthropologists don’t realize what they’ve done.

The remarkable image of the Desert Sasquatch in profile adds to the veracity of the Lovelock Skull being from a sasquatch. The short hair and clarity of the photo leaves little doubt that lurking underneath its crew cut and soft tissue lies a skull like that found in the Nevada desert and elsewhere, even in Argentina. The features found on sasquatch faces coincide with the framework found on the Lovelock Skull; thus begging question — from the large neck muscles to the protruding jawline, to the high nose and the prominent brow ridge, to the sloped forehead and vaulted cranium; is there any room for doubt as to the conclusion?

I really do believe we have skeletons of sasquatches stored away in universities and museums that have been misidentified as Homo sapiens. The Mark Twain Museum in Virginia City, Nevada, had a 7’4″ tall skeleton that had been found in a cave by miners in the hills on the west side of Washoe Lake in the 1950’s. It has since been repatriated by local tribes in 1992. It would be great if someday someone somehow could trace down the Lovelock skull and do a thorough DNA analysis of a tooth. The entire genome needs to be sequenced like they did with Neanderthal Man and Denisova Man, or like the Genome Project has done with 1,000 different modern humans. I don’t know but I assume the Lovelock Skull (Humboldt Skull) is still at the University of Utah. It would be great if some anthropologist who would not automatically dismiss it as human, like Dr. Jeff Meldrum, could employ their credentials in a quest to access and study the skull. If the DNA in a tooth could be sequenced, you could at least match the DNA to an archaic head in the Americas. Without a “flesh” type species mainstream science might still laugh at a sasquatch connection even with a skull and DNA analysis, but more scientists might warm to the idea, and it would offer ammunition to researchers hammered by skeptics for proof of its existence.

Thinkerthunker did a comparison of joint locations on the sasquatch Patty from the Patterson/Gimlin film and other possible sasquatch videos and determined they do not match Homo sapiens, but in his view Patty does match the joint locations of Neanderthals. Now, I don’t believe sasquatches are Neanderthals, as I’ve already noted the nasal cavity on their skulls seem to be higher than both Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. I believe his conclusion should be studied more for further verification, but if his assessment is correct, and the joint locations are more conducive to Neanderthals it could indicate that sasquatches are a relict hominid from that linage of man. Dr. Ketchum is involved with some great work in sequencing the entire genome of a sasquatch, and it should be interesting to see how closely related sasquatches are to these other hominin genomes. Denisovan Man, whose entire genome has been sequenced, is more closely related to Neanderthal Man than to Homo sapiens. If sasquatches have DNA found in Neanderthal or Denisovan DNA that is not not now found in any modern humans I would assume that would raise some eyebrows.

Source: Sasquatch Researchers.org

Continuation of: Why are there no Sasquatch bodies or bones?

David Aragorn

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