The terrifying 5ft 8 ‘dogman’ feared in the world was probably an extinct giant ape

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Rumors of a dog or werewolf that terrified Britons for centuries were likely a giant ape, a researcher claimed.

Beasts of Britain author Andy McGrath has attempted to shed light on spooky stories passed down from generation to generation describing a 5ft 8in bipedal monster.

He says reports from around the world, both ancient and modern, suggest that a creature resembling both a dog and a man once lurked in the wilderness.

But with dogs unable to walk on their hind legs and no fossils to prove otherwise, Andy believes frightened witnesses likely described “some unknown great ape species with a dog’s muzzle and long tail.”



Human-sized beast may have been an unknown species of ape, says researcher

Andy, due out this month The beasts of the world, vol.1,noted: “Perhaps our ancestors were among the last people to see in Europe, a species of giant ape that may have inhabited many parts of the world, including Europe until medieval times.

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“A species that is now functionally extinct, although it is still sporadically seen in remote areas today?”

Another explanation offered by Andy is that people simply hallucinated that they were seeing the mythical beast after accidentally getting high with bread.



Gorilla
Unlike gorillas, dogmen have been described as having a tail

He added: “In the not-so-distant past, entire cities were accidentally poisoned with hallucinogenic bread, which had been contaminated with the ergot fungus in contaminated rye.”

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The result, once ingested, would have been an intense journey that not only made people see things, but also behaved strangely like howling like a wolf.

Andy said: “Ergot fungus caused those who consumed it to have psychotic episodes, which included: uncontrollable rage; constriction of the vocal cords – causing barking or screaming, feeling overwhelming , a burning sensation in the skin and transformational (shape-changing) hallucinations!



Wolf
Mushrooms causing people to bark and howl uncontrollably could have led to werewolf stories

“This strange phenomenon called: ignis sacer (Saint-Feu) or Feu de Saint-Antoine, according to the sacred order formed to treat ergot victims, would have been an extremely traumatic experience for the affected cities.

“It would also certainly explain past werewolf hysteria and perceived encounters.”

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Women tried for witchcraft throughout history may be common knowledge, but Andy explains that werewolf trials also led to executions in 16th and 17th centuries in France.

Fears that these so-called werewolves might taste like human flesh faded as people began to understand the suspects suffered from a mental disorder called lycanthropy, Andy says.



Andrew McGrath
Andy McGrath is releasing Beasts of the World pt 1 this month

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“Lycanthropy is recognized as a psychopathological disease, in which the patient imagines himself to be a wild beast and may even develop a taste for raw flesh or rancid meat,” said Andy.

“They can howl like a wolf, run naked through the woods, and even become violent, even murderous, if left untreated.

“The causes of this disease are not well understood but have been attributed to drug addiction, plague and war in the past.

“However, the causes of this disease are not easily understood.”

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