The mystery surrounding Bigfoot has been around for hundreds of years.

The latest discovery of a decomposing big foot has sparked speculation that it could belong to the legendary beast.

But what do we know about the mythical creature?

The creature is described as standing 7–10 ft tall and weighing more than 35 stone, with footprints 17 inches long.

Bigfoot is also known as Sasquatch.

n 1965, Bigfoot was officially put on the endangered species list in Russia.

Germany and France followed suit in 1967.

- The British explorer David Thompson is sometimes credited with the first discovery in 1811 of a set of Sasquatch footprints.

Many people since then claim to have taken pictures of the hairy beast's footprints, though nobody can produce any hard evidence.

Some researchers believe it is closely related to humans while others think Bigfoot originated from an extinct giant ape.

It may even be an extraterrestrial being.

- The eating habits of Bigfoot are widely disputed.

Researchers suggest it may be vegetarian, while others believe the creature must be a carnivore.

– Early Native American tribes saw Bigfoot as a spiritual being, depicting it on totem poles, and had a name for the creature in their own language.

They saw Sasquatch as a protector of the woods.

- Up until this week, the scientific community had discounted Bigfoot's existence.

Earlier this year, Texas veterinarian Melba Ketchum announced that her team of researchers had found Bigfoot DNA, but no science journal would publish the results.

She then set up her own journal and charged users $30 to access the results.

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