Did Bigfoot Evolve from Man?

When studying Darwin’s theory of evolution a commonly misappropriated statement is that humans evolved from simpler forms of life such as apes and then became more complex until they became humans.  And yet this is not what Darwin claimed.  The relationship between humans and the mythical and legendary Bigfoot then becomes incredibly strange.  Rather than Bigfoot being the missing link between humans and their ancestors, Bigfoot may have gone the other way around and come from humans.

It sound like an incredible claim, but first we should take a look at this commonly cited misinterpretation of the theory of evolution.  According to evolution, first there were microbes which clung together into cells and made more complex creatures as more cells worked in cohesion.  Over millions of years these cells then became even larger collections of cells competing with others for supremacy, resources, and breeding.  Eventually the cells became so complex that they formed an apelike ancestor to today’s apes and human beings.  Human beings did not evolve from apes and gorillas, but rather branched off and became different from a common ancestor that would eventually become ape and human respectively.  Ultimately the human race would be as it is today just as gorillas, monkeys, dogs, cats, fish, plants, and microbes.  And their interactions with one another would result in a more complex ecosystem whereby the cells would continue to compete and interact in the form of complex beings.

But if this is true, then the Bigfoot that is alive today is not the human race as it was a few million years ago.  As the diversity of life continues to change, the closest Bigfoot could hope to be to humanity would be to share a common ancestor.  Or would it?

If Bigfoot were in North America, there are no apes or monkeys naturally occurring where it is now.  Bigfoot would have evolved from the humans reaching the Western World as they migrated here from the human race’s point of origin.  Bigfoot would then have evolved, according to the theory of evolution, not from the common ancestor humans share with apes, but by branching off fairly recently from what would be considered modern humans.  Bigfoot could have evolved fairly recently indeed, in this theory.

But what would have caused such an incredible genetic migration in our recent past?  Is it possible that a group of humans migrating far north into the wilderness during the ice age could have relied on thick fur covering their bodies to survive?  And is it possible that large size and the ability to be stealthy, rather than complex communication could have served these humans better so they could eventually evolve into modern Bigfoot?  And because this shape, combined with a misunderstanding of evolution could have contributed to the conception that Bigfoot was a missing link, is it possible that Bigfoot is not the missing link, but the next step that would have branched off from late paleoamericans in the late Pleistocene era?

Unless Bigfoot arrived to North America by some unknown force, it seems impossible that the being would have predated Paleolithic era humans.  And in that regard, is it possible that Bigfoot is not the missing link, but a potential next step in evolution?