Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Hand of Hank
Before I get started, I would like to thank "DS" for the following valuable and significant pieces of information.
Early this morning I was looking at a screen shot of the right hand of Hank, the Bigfoot doll. Something seemed strange but I couldn't put my finger on it until DS pointed it out.
DS left a brief comment with a link to a website.
"As far as the fake hands go, there are normally 3 joints in human and primate fingers, called the Proximal interphalangeal joint, intermediate, and distal. The Hand Pic is missing one of these joints...?? Also I didn't notice any Palmar Creases?"
The website mentioned focuses primarily on hand lines but that is not what caught my attention. Here is the link to Hand Lines: Primate Hand vs Human Hand
THIS is what got my attention:
You will notice that the human hand has three phalanges in the fingers and two in the thumb. According to everything I have read, ALL primates have the same number of phalanges in the hand.
"The phalanges are bones that exist on each finger and toe. There are 56 phalanges in the human body, with fourteen phalanges on each hand and foot. Three phalanges are present on each finger and toe, with the exception of the thumb and large toe, which possess only two."
"Most land mammals including humans have a 2-3-3-3-3 formula in both the hands (or paws) and feet."
"The morphology of the distal phalanges of human thumbs closely reflects an adaptation for a refined precision grip with pad-to-pad contact. While this has traditionally been associated with the advent of stone tool-making, the intrinsic hand proportions of australopiths and the resemblance between human hands and the short hands of Miocene apes, suggest that human hand proportions are largely plesiomorphic — in contrast to the derived elongated hand pattern and poorly developed thumb musculature of extant hominoids. The capability of a pad-to-pad precision grip in human hands is reflected in the morphology of the distal phalanges, especially in the pollical distal phalanges (PDP). "
The following are pictures of the human hand and the hand of other primates.
Take note that all of these hands have three phalanges, from tip to palm.
I think everyone can agree that "Hank", IF he is real, is an upright biped closely related to humans and apes. It would be very difficult to place him in any other category. Agreed?
Let's look at the screen shot of Hank's hand, shall we?
"Hank" has only two phalanges, not three that are present in all primates. How would a creature with hands like this be able to survive efficiently? According to some people, Bigfoot are arboreal yet the hands show that likely would not be the case. What about grasping sticks or rocks? How could Bigfoot build a shelter or catch prey? It would be very hard if they were missing intermediate phalanges.
This is overwhelming evidence that Hank, the Bigfoot doll is nothing more than an ill thought out prop. It appears as if the hand was molded in one piece with no spaces between the fingers. Andrew Clacy attributed this to the resin that allegedly coated the hands. That is a complete fabrication in my opinion. The fingers meld together, it's as plain as day.
I see no dermal ridges and no fine lines around the joint of the thumb. It actually looks like some of the paint on the hand is scuffed as well.
Recently the folks at Facebook Find Bigfoot released a statement. This is part of their statement:
"We now have full footage of the specimen and 7 admins have made the trip to Las Vegas to view “Hank” in detail as our agreement stated. Rick was not happy with the number of people who came on our behalf, but he found time to accommodate each visit. We were shown the medical scans to the two Medical Doctor’s associated with FBFB, both were unfamiliar with the technology created such a scan. The specimen has moles, blemishes, hair patterns, open sores, veins just below the skin, fingerprints, injuries to the hands, fingers and toes, and what looks like scars on the forehead from likely impact with branches and trees."
Jack and Jeff sent SEVEN admins and TWO Medical Doctors yet none of them picked up on this glaring mistake. One has to ask how this is possible. One also has to ask how much attention was really given to the "specimen".
I don't know how Rick Dyer and Andrew Clacy will explain away this oversight, but rest assured, whatever it is will be a lie.