With regards to all the paranormal phenomena we experience today, is there any reason to believe that it is a recent development? Much the opposite, I think. The evidence is overwhelming that such things have always been with us, although they may have changed form with time. Some paranormal researchers theorize that the Fairies of the Dark Ages are the same as the UFOs of today. The phenomena tailored themselves, for lack of a better word, to fit with the stage of human development at that time. In the Middle Ages we got Fairies. Once we started shooting rockets into space, the phenomena transformed into UFOs. It’s as good a theory as any.
People used to report seeing dragons. Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster date back to the 5th Century officially but likely are far older. The same is true of Bigfoot. People back in olden times saw strange things just the same as people today see strange things. What about Dogmen? Again, there is no reason to think that such creatures haven’t always been with us. Yes, the werewolf is the physical representation of a psychological archetype. But is it also possible that sightings of Dogmen helped to establish the “myth” of the werewolf? Did our ancestors encounter such creatures as the Beast of Bray Road and the Michigan Dogman and label them “werewolves”?