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‘Skull’ Claimed as Rock-Solid Evidence of Bigfoot

An artist's interpretation of Bigfoot.
An artist's interpretation of Bigfoot. (Image credit: Karl Tate, LiveScience Infographic Artist)

A Utah man claims to have found a fossilized Bigfoot skull, which he took to the local newspaper, in his trunk, to show off. Todd May of Ogden said he has seen live Bigfoot skulls — as in atop a live Bigfoot — so he ought to know what a fossilized one looks like. "I've been tracking and watching for Bigfoot," May told The Standard-Examiner in Ogden. "I'm very curious, interested in that, and wanted to get footage on it 'cause I've ran across him a couple of times."

May is not the first individual to claim having solid evidence of Bigfoot — others have produced blurry photos and videos and even a body. It’s worth noting that no previous claims have been substantiated by science. The newspaper sent a photo of May’s supposed skull to a paleontologist who gave a rock-solid assessment of the non-fossil: “Basically, it is just the odd way the rock has weathered."

In short, Todd May is in all likelihood experiencing pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a), the common and sometimes cloud-based phenomenon of seeing faces in inanimate objects.

Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.