Scientists Dismiss Coyote Peterson’s ‘Great Primate Skull’ Discovery as Fake

A “huge primate skull” was allegedly found in British Columbia by American YouTuber Coyote Peterson, according to social media (opens in new tab) threads for (opens in new tab) he shared on Thursday (July 7). In those posts, Peterson wrote that he had withheld the disclosure “for several weeks” from government officials and anyone else who might be “trying to get a break.” [sic] our” footage of the dig. However, experts told Live Science that Peterson’s claim is highly questionable and that exhuming and secretly transporting animal remains across national borders may be illegal.

“I’m sure these photos will be removed…as will probably the video by government or state park officials…but the skull is safe,” the posts read. “I don’t know if it’s what you all think it might be… but I can’t explain finding a primate skull in the Pac Northwest without being asked! What do you believe?” (There are no great primates currently living in North America—other than humans—and although stories of elusive forest-dwelling hominids such as Big foot have existed for centuries, there is no evidence to suggest that such creatures exist.)

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