Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 19th, 2014
The myth and mystery behind Australia’s bush monster the Yowie
It’s considered Australia’s answer to the Loch Ness monster, with everyone from famous politicians to entire families having claimed to see the Yowie.
Now Yowie hunter Rex Gilroy believes he has found evidence that proves North America’s Bigfoot is a distant relative of the Australian bush monster.
The Blue Mountains resident and author of several books on the subject says he has identified four different species of the Yowie, which are a sub species of Homo erectus.
‘Bigfoot has Aussie genes,’ he told the MailOnline.
‘I’m going to cop flack for saying that, but it’s true and I have the evidence to prove it.
‘American and Canadian researchers are fixated on Bigfoot, when he’s a clear relative of our Homo erectus. You can see it in the similarity between the footprints of the Yowie.’
Gilroy has been investigating and documenting evidence of what some call the Bigfoot of the bush for 63-years and said reported sightings go as far back to Aboriginal times.
‘The reason so many hunters have tried and failed is because they’re looking for a big, hairy monster that doesn’t exist,’ said Gilroy, who is one of dozens of experts speaking at paranormal convention Paracon Australia in May.
‘There’s a pattern throughout all of Australian where the Aboriginals used to refer to it as ‘The Hairy Man’ which meant a hairy man or hairy woman.
‘You have Homo erectus of variable heights. There’s and eight foot tall male living around Katoomba for example, but most are not much taller than your average person.’
There have been Yowie sightings in Australia dating back to pre-Federation times, with the first recorded accounts being in the mid 1800s.
It has been an enduring myth of Australian culture, in the same way that Bigfoot, Yeti and the Loch Ness monster have all sparked decade long quests to prove or disprove the legend.
‘If there’s one fake, then that discredits us all,’ notes Gilroy.
‘I’ve made a science of it. I’ve spent a lifetime doing it and I’ve copped plenty of criticism, but I am the Yowie man.
‘I’m going to die in the scrub looking for it.’
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.