A new National Geographic show simply titled Bigfoot will air on Sunday January 24th. While not a lot is being said on the NatGeo site, besides the two videos embedded below, we do know Jeff Meldrum and his research will be the primary focus.
When Meldrum talks Bigfooters listen, some would say he is the heir apparent of Grover Krantz as the highest ranking acedemic in the field. Dr. Meldrum is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and has a bio on Wikipedia that continues to highlight his credentials:
Meldrum received his B.S. in zoology specializing in vertebrate locomotion at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1982, his M.S. at BYU in 1984 and a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology, from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. He held the position of postdoctoral visiting assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center from 1989 to 1991. Meldrum worked at Northwestern University's Department of Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology for a short while in 1993 before joining the faculty of Idaho State University where he currently teaches.
One of the telling signs of what is in store for the show is the Special Thanks list in the credits
IDAHO VIRTUALIZATION LAB
PACIFIC SURVEY SUPPLY
IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
IDAHO VIRTUALIZATION LABORATORY
JIM HENSON'S CREATURE WORKSHOP
BIGFOOT FIELD RESEARCHERS ORGANIZATION
CONROE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
One of the most interesting list items is Jim Henson's Creature Shop, where the investigators try to determine if it was possible the Patterson Bigfoot was a human in a costume. Pictured below is a gorilla mask and animatronic head at Jim Henson's Creature Workshop in Burbank, CA.
Below is are the two preview videos along with the captions provided at the NatGeo site.
There's no conclusive proof that Bigfoot exists. Still, experts like Dr. Jeff Meldrum offer some compelling arguments.
Meldrum and Mionsynski take to the mountains of Wyoming, where recent sightings of Big Foot have been reported.
The Official NatGeo site for the Bigfoot Documentary
Meldrum's Idaho State University homepage
Meldrum's biography at Idaho State University