Scientists dismiss Coyote Peterson’s ‘large primate skull’ discovery as fake

A “large primate skull” was allegedly found in British Columbia by American YouTuber Coyote Peterson, according to social media (opens in new tab) posts (opens in new tab) he shared on Thursday (July 7). In those posts, Peterson wrote that he had hid the discovery “for several weeks” from government officials and any others who might “try to cease [sic] our footage” of the excavation. However, experts told Live Science that Peterson’s claim is highly suspect and that secretly extracting and transporting animal remains across national borders may be illegal.  

“I’m sure these pics will be taken down… as will probably the video by government or state park officials… but the skull is safe,” the posts read. “I don’t know if its what you all think it might be… but I cannot explain finding a primate skull in the Pac Northwest without wondering! What do you believe?” (There are no large primates that currently live in North America — other than humans — and though tales of elusive forest-dwelling hominids such as Bigfoot have persisted for centuries, there is no evidence to suggest such creatures exist.)

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