Thursday, November 09, 2006

 

Professor's Bigfoot Research Criticized (+Videos)

Jeffrey Meldrum (homepage) holds a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences and is a tenured professor of anatomy at Idaho State University. He is also one of the world's foremost authorities on Bigfoot (info), the mythical smelly ape-man of the Northwest woods. And Meldrum firmly believes the lumbering, shaggy brute exists.

That makes him an outcast - a solitary, Sasquatch-like figure himself - on the 12,700-student campus, where many scientists are embarrassed by what they call Meldrum's "pseudo-academic" pursuits and have called on the university to review his work with an eye toward revoking his tenure. One physics professor, D.P. Wells, wonders whether Meldrum plans to research Santa Claus, too.

Meldrum, 48, spends most of his days in his laboratory in the Life Sciences Building, analyzing more than 200 jumbo plaster casts of what he contends are Bigfoot footprints.

For the past 10 years, he has added his scholarly sounding research to a field full of sham videos and supermarket tabloid exposes. And he is convinced he has produced a body of evidence that proves there is a Bigfoot.

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Videos of the "Patterson footage" (original plus 'shake-free' version) can be seen here. The page also contains links to other Bigfoot videos including one in which Meldrum discusses the Patterson tape. [Video]

Read Jeffrey Meldrum's paper "Midfoot Flexibility, Fossil Footprints, and Sasquatch Steps: New Perspectives on the Evolution of Bipedalism"
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Featured books: "The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates" by Loren Coleman, Patrick Huyghe (Amazon UK | US)

And "The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot" by Tony Healy, Paul Cropper (Amazon UK | US)

Books on Bigfoot from the Science and Evolution Bookshop: UK | US

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