Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 10th, 2010
Neandertals left their tracks, above, behind. Have they left more with us? In our toes?
Yes, it is called the Celtic toe, Morton’s toe, or the Roman toe. The medical profession tends to think something is wrong with having a Celtic toe, and it is labeled a Morton’s toe. Some people have them cut off, as if there is some kind of pathology involved with having such a large digit. Archaeology has discussed the finds of such toes for years.
Ten percent of all Americans have them (due to their Irish-Scottish background, reportedly), but some nationalities, like Greeks, have these toes show up 90% of the time. Lady Liberty of the famed Ellis Island’s Statue of Liberty has Celtic toes.
Some highly speculative notions have been published that the Celtic toe is Neandertal in nature. But do the tracks of Neandertals even show Celtic toes?
Most Bigfooters don’t think that the Celtic toe ever shows up in Bigfoot/Sasquatch tracks? Is that true? Not really.
Are all toes of Bigfoot really only gradually shorter than their large toes? Variety is the key here. In the tracks of Sasquatch, for example in the Grays Harbor series of 1982, it does seem there is evidence of apparent Celtic toes. In the Patterson-Gimlin Filmsite tracks, Celtic toes are not visible.
Visitors to the International Cryptozoology Museum sometimes share their Celtic and other intriguing toes with the staff.
How many of you have a Celtic toe?
A photograph (directly below) of a 1.5 million-year-old footprint found among others at a Northern Kenya site showing good definition of the toe pads; the second toe is partially obscured by the third toe (but is longer than the big toe). The researchers identified the footprints as probably belonging to a member of Homo ergaster, an early form of Homo erectus. Credit: Matthew Bennett/Bournemouth University, Feb 2009.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.