Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bigfoot's Tolerance To Weather

I'm contemplating some interesting things I've come across repeatedly in research of Bigfoot - Oil.

Some report them leaving an oily footprint on damp ground, reportedly oily hair, especially in the armpits and groin.

Print in a damp roadway

In Homo sapiens, sebaceous glands are found in hair-covered areas, where they are connected to hair follicles. One or more glands may surround each hair follicle. 

Sebaceous glands secrete the oily, waxy substance called sebum (Latin: fat, tallow) that is made of triglycerides, wax esters, squalene, and metabolites of fat-producing cells. Sebum waterproofs and lubricates the skin and hair of mammals. Sebaceous secretions in conjunction with apocrine glands also play an important thermoregulatory role. In hot conditions, the secretions emulsify the sweat produced by the eccrine glands and this produces a sheet of sweat that is not readily lost in drops of sweat. This is of importance in delaying dehydration. In colder conditions, the nature of sebum becomes more lipid and in coating the hair and skin, rain is effectively repelled. (Source)

When teens enter puberty, their three million sweat glands become more active and the glands in your underarms, feet, and palms produce oilier sweat. (source).

So, you have a big human-family member with hair covering their body and excreting oils from all the sebaceous glands surrounding hair follicles, you have a person who can tolerate colder climes, rain, snow, and when these oils meet bacteria, feces and pheromones from the glands, you have an intensely concentrated scent. The comparison is cologne which is mixed with alcohol and wears fast and light on our fairly lightly oiled skin and perfume mixed with oil which is strong and long-lasting as it provides the oil to retain the concentrated fragrance.

If someone had very oily-producing sebaceous glands, they would not only be weather proofed, but they would also have all scents from the body intensified - just see what hair in a teen's armpits does for making a new sweat odor they didn't seem to have when hairless....

I am reminded of goose fat covering on the bodies of swimmer's of the chilly English Channel.

This is a path I'd like to explore a bit more....

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