Showing posts with label Jeff Meldrum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Meldrum. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Utah Valley University Reviews Dr. Jeff Meldrum



“There have been several different humanoid species at a time in history. There is evidence that Neanderthals coexisted with the human species, and there have been six different humanoid species in the last 20,000 years.” -- Jeff Meldrum


The UVU Review is the independent, student-run newspaper for Utah Valley University. Despite comparing Bigfoot and Yetis to monkeys and monsters, UVU staff writer, Faith Heaton, does a pretty good job relaying Dr. Meldrum's arguments for the evidence for sasquatch. Read the full article below.

The room was overflowing with people sitting in the aisles as students, professors and community members gathered to listen to Jeff Meldrum discuss the possibilities of Sasquatch being more than a myth. The lecture sponsored by the Humanities department was held Friday, Nov. 11, and received much curiosity on campus.

“There is the traditional legend of Sasquatch, but is there evidence behind the lore?” Meldrum said as he began his presentation. Meldrum is a physical anthropologist and currently teaches at Idaho State University. He dedicated a large portion of his life to studying the history, folklore and evidences surrounding “big foot.” Along with traveling to Russia and parts of China, Meldrum has tracked the Sasquatch figure around the U.S. as well.

Meldrum walked the audience through the history of different interpretations of Sasquatch, or “the wild man,” beginning with Enkidu and Gilgamesh and going into the myth of Grendel and Beowulf. He laughed about the different movies and depictions of the Sasquatch figure.

Meldrum also discussed the ancestry and evolution of monkeys and how that potentially ties in with Sasquatch by showing several different slides.

“There have been several different humanoid species at a time in history,” Meldrum said. “There is evidence that Neanderthals coexisted with the human species, and there have been six different humanoid species in the last 20,000 years.”

With such a varying range of evolved human and ape-like species throughout history, Meldrum made the connection that it is very possible that the Sasquatch figure could be one of these variations coexisting with the human race today. However, Meldrum pointed that through studies, it still remains hard to determine if the Sasquatch is more of an ape or man.

In his argument that the Sasquatch could potentially be considered to have more of a monkey ancestry, Meldrum cited evidences that apes can grin, have breasts, and can walk upright on two legs, just like humans. These are all characteristics that have been linked to the Sasquatch by several eye witness accounts.

“But, people often see what they want to see, so eye witness accounts aren’t always totally reliable,” Meldrum said. People have also taken footage of the Sasquatch walking in the forest, carrying only a crude stick. “Humans often carry and collect objects,” Meldrum said as he continued to weigh the characteristics of human versus monkey traits apparent in Sasquatch.

Meldrum also cited the historical sightings of Sasquatch, beginning with several stories and footprints appearing in several Asian countries. He feels that the “Yeti” monster reported about in the Himalayan mountains may be an ancestor figure to the current day Sasquatch. Meldrum’s main line of expertise involves the footprints and tracking of the Sasquatch. He has studied several different imprints in mud and sand, and he possesses fossilized models to figure out the movement of the massive “big foot.”

Meldrum meets much skepticism with his theories and worldwide research associated with chasing the evidence of Sasquatch.

“When a friend said, ‘Well after all, these are just stories,’ I replied, ‘Yes. Stories that shed hair, leave footprints, and are seen by eyewitnesses.’”

By Faith Heaton – Staff Writer
Photos by Gilbert Cisnero

SRC: UVU REVIEW

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dr. Jeff Meldrum's Presentation at the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Conference


Dr. Meldrum presenting at the Russian conference

Skeptic blogger Sharon Hill attended the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Conference and wrote a detailed article on Dr. Meldrum's somewhat impromptu presentation.

Below is a teaser of the article:

...His presentation, entitled “The Russian Connection”, was not the listed topic on the schedule. He noted that he changed his topic upon advice from the conference organizers after the media storm that ensued regarding the announcement that “scientists were 95% convinced” that the Russian Yeti exists. Along with American scientist John Bindernagle, and researcher Ron Morehead, Meldrum was part of the team invited to Kemerovo region of Siberia to discuss the formation of a scientific commission to study the yeti. Led to believe there was significant scientific interest by the academic institutions in the area, Meldrum expressed his dismay when the press coverage was greater than the public and academic interactions.

In his talk, Meldrum described the players involved in the conference that began in Moscow and ended in Kemerovo. Specifically, he named Igor Burtsev, director of the International Centre of Hominology in Tashtagol, Kemerovo region. Burtsev already holds the belief that yetis exist in the area and are a Neanderthal relic population.

Meldrum showed photographs and described how the local Russian contingent greeted and treated the invitees with much pomp and ceremony but little scientific protocol.

As in scientific conferences, the attendees were taken on a field trip to a cave in the municipality of Tashtagol. Meldrum said he began to get concerned about the event when twisted and broken trees were rather conveniently located near the sites they visited. Reservations about what he had gotten himself into grew when he noticed saw cuts in the trees. The guides pointed to every bent and broken tree as marks of the yeti. From what Meldrum observed, the cave was not remote but apparently visited rather frequently with the trail maintained by the local municipality. The group was told the cave was a probable yeti habitation. Inside the cave, Meldrum notes that “right on cue”, isolated footprints and a “nest” were pointed out by their hosts...

Meldrum at the Yeti nest (click to enlarge)



Read the Rest at DoubtfulNews


If you haven't been reading Doubtful News, your are missing some of the most inteligent and enjoyable reading on the internet. Please read our previous coverage of the Kemerovo Siberian Yeti Expedition.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Siberian Yeti in Kemerovo Attention is in Time for Yeti Day Nov 11th


For you fans that have been with us for a while, you will remember our post last year about the Kemerovo Yeti Day on November 11th. This day marks the beginning of Kemerovo's ski season.

Click the following link to read our entire Kemerovo Siberian Yeti Coverage.

On Nov 4, 2010, we referenced a Russian publication with the following quotes:

"...Several advertising and PR experts said that Bigfoot reports were probably teasers for attracting tourists to the region. Three months after the sensational news tourism agencies had introduced excursions to 'Yeti's Cave.'

'Every year Yeti Day celebrations will mark the start of the ski season with thousands of ski lovers from all over Russia gathering on Mount Shoriya,' Zauervayn said, adding that Kemerovo Governor Aman Tuleyev is likely to take part in the Yeti-dedicated festivities..."


When the sensation in Kemerovo started this year we had added the caveat that this may be similar to last years ramp up towards the tourism and ski season in Kemerovo, but we were still excited about the group of people involved including Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Igor Burtsev.

While the tourism angle has eluded most of the media, it is refreshing to see a St. Louis Paper seems to have gone beyond the press release and talks about the economic motivation of the Kemerovo local government.

...The government of Russia's Kemerovo region said a two-day expedition last weekend by yeti experts had "collected irrefutable evidence" of the yeti's existence. Among the "irrefutable evidence": a couple of hairs, what was presumed to be a den and indistinct footprints.

Exciting though this news might be, it's important to remember that Kemerovo — in remote southwestern Siberia — has endured tough economic times since the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago. Yeti-based tourism and a government research center are among the Kemerovo government's goals...

SRC: STLToday.com


Do we care that tourism is the impetus of the sensational claims from Kemerovo? No. We think the mainstream attention towards the phenomena of Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti is a good thing. If the attention peaks the interest of one smart person willing to do research and dig deeper, its worth any number of ignorant ones whose minds would not have been changed otherwise.

Michigan Bigfoot Prefers Blueberry Bagels




This is a hodgepodge of several Sasquatch news items from the Discovery News Website. It has some updates from the Siberian Yeti, quotes from Jeff Meldrum and opinions from Loren Coleman and a Michigan story of habituation where a women claims to be feeding a family of Bigfoot.

Yes this story is all over the place, but it has a few updates of the Siberian Yeti Expedition.

NEW BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS: PROOF STILL LACKING
A Michigan woman says she feeds a bigfoot family blueberry bagels; others say a "snowman" roams Siberia.

By Eric Niiler

There are new claims of bigfoot encounters -- in Siberia and rural Michigan -- that will likely add to the debate over whether the creatures really exist, although neither holds the smoking gun of a photograph, tissue sample or other scientific evidence.

A group of Russians claim a living "snowman" roams the cold Shoria Mountain area of southern Siberia. Meanwhile a woman in Newaygo County, Mich., told Discovery News that she has been interacting with and actually feeding a large family of close to 10 Bigfoot-like creatures who live in the woods near her home for the past two years.

"They get fish every day, a bucket of fruit, a bucket of dry dog food," said Robin Lynn Pfeifer, a 47-year-old resident of Newaygo County, north of Grand Rapids. "Their favorite thing is blueberry bagels. If I'm not baking them, I go to different stores to buy them. I tell them they are feeding the wildlife."

She said she has collected casts of many large footprints, but says the creatures are too shy and too clever for her to get a photograph. She describes the Bigfoots as ranging from six to nine feet tall and looking like humans, except for hairy coats and broad noses.

"The biggest one I've sat and looked at for 15 minutes was nine and a half feet tall," Pfeifer told Discovery News. "The large male is all black. Others are beige and white. The biggest footprint is 18 and a half inches long."

Skeptics say that big claims need big proof, and so far that hasn't happened when it comes to Bigfoot. Natural history and evolutionary scientists also ask how these creatures could have survived for so long without being detected, and where the evidence is of their body or bones or DNA.

Loren Coleman directs the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine and has been studying and writing about strange sightings of creatures for several decades. He says he's skeptical of anyone who comes forward with tales of lengthy Bigfoot encounters without providing serious evidence.

"All the Bigfoot contactees -- for some reason they never take photographs," Coleman said. "There's a lot of interest in finding these things, but we have to look of the credibility of the people feeding us the stories. I'm always careful of two kinds of people, the debunkers who have no interest and the true believers who will not bring any critical thinking."

Coleman said he hasn't met with Pfeifer, but is doubtful, comparing her story to people who meet with aliens from UFOs.

"They really believe they are having these experiences," Coleman said. "I don't know if its hallucinations or a psychological state."

Pfeifer, however, is convinced her encounters are real and she said she realizes that most people will not believe her because of the lack of proof, such as scat, hair, tissue or a good photograph.

She says the Bigfoot clan began visiting her home shortly after she and her husband and three children moved into a 10-acre rural property back in November 2009. The creatures also engage in some unusual behaviors, she said. Sometimes they make knocking sounds underneath the family home's crawl space, twist and braid a rope used to tie the family's pony, or construct elaborate stick structures in the woods.

Pfeifer said she's tried to snap their picture, but she has not been successful. When she set up automatic cameras in the trees near her home, the creatures turned them upside down.

"I want people to realize that they do exist," Pfeifer said. "They are not aggressive, they are more human-like than an ape and I'm very protective of them."

Michigan has a history of Bigfoot sightings -- and a network of residents who post their findings on a website.

Pfeifer has been traveling in Russia to meet with other Bigfoot believers -- scientists and amateurs alike -- who gathered in the Kemerovo region recently to talk about the existence of a Russian "snowman" in the cold Shoria Mountain area of southern Siberia.

Igor Burtsev of the Moscow-based International Center of Hominology said that after the meeting, researchers from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Estonia traveled for two days to an area that has reported sightings of a large, Yeti-like creature.

Burtsev said he is 95 percent positive that he has evidence to prove the creature's existence: some hair found near a cave entrance, grasses made into a bed, large footprints, and tree branches that form a certain pattern.

"We were just two days in the forest and we found many things," Burtsev said. "We found a lot of confirmation that they exist there."

Burtsev said that he visited Pfeifer's home for a week in June but did not see any of the Bigfoot creatures. The next step, Pfeifer said, is to record the creatures' unusual vocal sounds.

Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, was at the meetings in Russia and has been sifting through the various claims about both the Russian Yeti in southern Siberia and Pfeifer's story of a Michigan Bigfoot.

"There's no substance to any of her claims," said Meldrum, who is an expert in the evolution of early hominid gait. "If there were 10 to 12 around her home, she should be opening up a museum with all the artifacts."

Meldrum also has questions about what Burtsev presented during the two-day trip to the cave in the Kemerovo region. He says when the group of scientists entered the cave, there were several large footprints along the muddy floor, but strangely enough, they were only imprints of right feet.


(Image provided by Jeff Meldrum)

"He must have been playing hopscotch," Meldrum quipped.

Meldrum says that while he's doubtful about the evidence for this particular creature, he is keeping an open mind when it comes to the possibility of a new species of hominid that could be alive today.

He points out that German scientists found finger bones from a new species of human ancestor known as Denisova hominin that co-existed with both humans and Neanderthals only 30,000 years ago.

That research was published last year in the journal Nature, using DNA sequencing to verify its age and identity. The cave where Denisova was found is 35 miles from the site where Meldrum and the other researchers were taken on their field trip.

SRC: Discovery News

Saturday, September 3, 2011

5 Things about Jeff Meldrum

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a short profile of Dr. Jeff Meldrum.


(Photo: Rachel Anne Seymour)

5 Things About Me: Anthropologist Jeff Meldrum
August 9, 2011

AAAS Member Jeff Meldrum has been facinated by the possible existance of Sasquatch since he was a child.
Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho

Background: As a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University at Pocatello, I teach human anatomy in the health professions programs, as well as biological evolution and primate studies. As a researcher my interests encompass a number of topics ranging from science and religion, New World paleoprimatology, vertebrate evolutionary morphology generally, bipedalism and the emergence of modern human walking and running more specifically.

Question 1. Why did you become a researcher/engineer/scientist?
Answer: I have always been fascinated by life on planet Earth -- from my first insect collection, to the recovery and naming of extinct primate species from fossil remains. The lure of exploring new frontiers, uncovering novelties -- past and present -- drew me to the sciences.

Question 2. Share a story from your past that led to your choosing your field of work?
Answer: As a youngster, I attended a showing in the Spokane Coliseum of a documentary showcasing the Patterson-Gimlin film, which depicts a Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) filmed in northern California. My fascination with primates and early humans, and with all mysteries on the fringe of acknowledgement, seemed to converge in that film clip. The prospects of a living primate species more closely related to humanity than any other, sharing our adaptation for walking upright, spurred me on to further exploration.

Question 3. What are you most proud of in your work?
Answer: I have a sense of accomplishment that my attention to the evidence for the existence of Sasquatch has kept this matter before the gaze of the scientific community and engendered meaningful dialogue about it. To have these efforts recognized and encouraged by the likes of George Schaller, Jane Goodall, and Russell Mittermeier has been very gratifying.

In the foreword to my book, George Schaller wrote: “Jeff is a scientist, an expert in human locomotor adaptations. In Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science he examines all evidence critically, not to force a conclusion, but to establish a baseline of facts upon which further research can depend. His science is not submerged by opinion and dogmatic assumption…He disentangles fact from anecdote, supposition and wishful thinking, and concludes that the search for Yeti and Sasquatch is a valid scientific endeavor. By offering a critical scrutiny, Sasquatch does more for this field of investigation than all the past arguments and polemics of contesting experts.”

Question 4. Share a comment or opinion you have on a topical science-related issue?
Answer: There is a growing awareness of the bushiness of the hominid family tree, as well as increasing indications of the very recent persistence of a number of the branches on that tree. This raises the possibility that some of these species may in fact persist as relict populations in various corners of or globe. Mounting evidence is being seriously considered by more and more scientists.

Question 5. Share a Web link/video/blog etc. that you found that really excites you and tell us why.
Answer: In order to provide an objective venue for the publication of scholarly papers addressing the question of unrecognized species of apes and prehumans persisting into the present, and to encourage discussion among the broader scientific community, I am editing a refereed online journal, The Relict Hominoid Inquiry. The first of what I expect will be a sustained series of stimulating and illuminating research papers, essays, and reviews are soon to be posted. The site is under construction: http://www.isu.edu/rhi.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jeff Meldrum Speaks at Indiana University Southeast


Jerod Clapp at News and Tribune has filed a great article on Jeff Meldrums Speaking engagement at Indiana University Southeast. Overall he finds Meldrum's arguments persuasive.


Idaho State professor follows footprints to track elusive apes

By JEROD CLAPP
Jerod.Clapp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — Jeff Meldrum researches Bigfoot.

But not like those television experts or online theorists. Instead of relying on sketches from sketchy eyewitnesses or blowing testimony out of proportion, he bases his research on evidence he thinks is compelling — footprints.

Meldrum, a biology professor at Idaho State University, spoke to a crowd at Indiana University Southeast on Thursday about his findings from footprints that have been collected from all over the world, reportedly from these ape-like creatures.

“If I were satisfied that these were just hoaxes and folklore, I wouldn’t spend the time on this that I do,” Meldrum said.

He said his studies are rooted in trying to analyze some of the anatomic indicators that can be found in footprints, such as how these animals might move and their estimated size.

Doug Darnowski, associate professor of biology at IUS, invited Meldrum to speak at the university after hearing him on a radio program and reading one of his books on the subject.

“He can match these things in one place and find them between unconnected people over periods of decades,” Darnowski said. “There’s so much detailed information he’s found in these things like the dermal ridges shown in the prints.”

Meldrum said he knows subjects like Sasquatch can appear campy and some of the evidence shown from other sources isn’t scientific, but he tries to be as open-minded in his approach as he can.

“You need to rein in your imagination and really look at this from an objective standpoint,” Meldrum said.

While some of the prints show striking similarities, he said some of them appear to be from different species altogether.

His presentation showing the East Asian Yeti seems to have completely different footprints from North American specimens. He said depending on where the prints are found, he believes the biomechanical adaptations demonstrated in the prints are distinctively built to function in the environments they come from.

“Their feet are elegantly designed to move a large mass in those kinds of environments,” Meldrum said.

An audience member asked why the body of such an animal had yet to be found and Meldrum answered that fossilization is a relatively rare occurrence. He said harsh environments can decompose even bone easily, and scavengers eat all but the hardest bones from carcasses.

He said thousands of deer die annually in some parts of the country, yet few skeletons are ever found.

Darnowski said after the presentation he wasn’t any more compelled to believe in Bigfoot, Sasquatch or the Yeti than he was before. But that’s because he already thought such creatures might exist.

Darnowski said whether students believed in the animals or not, the approach Meldrum took to the research was something they could relate to in their studies.

“I think the nice thing about it, especially for our students, is that it highlights things that are outside of our textbooks,” Darnowski said, “but it shows things they can use practically in other topics. They can make sense of things and see what he’s talking about.

“That, and it’s just fun.”

Meldrum said he’ll continue to research Bigfoot because he wants to continue finding new information.

“That’s what science is all about, answering questions,” Meldrum said. “To walk away from it would be unscientific, in my opinion.”
SRC: NewsandTribune.com


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Meldrum and Gimlin at Washington State History Museum



Fans, we just received an important friendly reminder from Kimberly Adams,
public relations coordinator for the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum and Robert Gimlin at the
Washington State History Museum June 5th






What: Sasquatch: The Sightings, the Science, the Stories

When: June 5 @ 10:30 a.m.

Where: Washington State History Museum in Tacoma
1911 Pacific Ave

Cost: $18 includes museum admission and program. Museum member price $10.

Background: Two giants of Sasquatch research will be at the museum hosting an audience discussion of all things Sasquatch. Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum and Robert Gimlin will be discussing their collected evidence, taking audience questions, and meeting with attendees.

Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, of Idaho State University and author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, is frequently seen on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel among others. His book is the companion volume to the highly successful Discovery Channel documentary of the same name. A professor of anatomy and anthropology, his work encompasses the evaluation of hominid footprints, including those attributed to Sasquatch, both in the lab and the field. The Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch exhibit features casts Dr. Meldrum made in Eastern Washington.

Robert Gimlin and the late Roger Patterson filmed the infamous piece of Sasquatch evidence known as the Patterson-Gimlin film, notably frame 352, made in northern California. This film features a female Bigfoot striding next to a sandy creek. Expedition partner Robert Gimlin will discuss his experience on the Bluff Creek expedition and the famous encounter on the trail, made immortal in the 24 feet of film Patterson recorded.

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The Washington State History Museum, flagship of the Washington State Historical Society, is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, just off 1-5. The museum presents exhibits, programs, and events that bring to life the stories of Washington's history. For more information, including hours and admission rates, please call 1-888-BE-THERE (1-888-238-4373), or visit our web site, WashingtonHistory.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kimberly Adams
public relations coordinator
253-798-5877
kadams@wshs.wa.gov

Use the map below to get directions!


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gimlin AND Meldrum to speak at Tacoma Museum June 5th



Okay we got a date, the time is still to be determined. Here is a statement direct from the Washington State History Museum:

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Discovery Channel expert and professor, and Robert Gimlin, of the infamous Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot film (frame 352-seen here), will be presenting and discussing evidence they've collected about this elusive creature deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, on June 5, time TBD, at the Washington State History Museum. May be a good opportunity to talk to those who have collected evidence, ask questions, and then draw your conclusion!



EXHIBIT FACTS
What: Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch
When: Jan. 23-June 27
Where: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. On the third Thursday of each month, the museum is open until 8 p.m. with free admission from 2-8 p.m.
Admission: Adult (18 and over), $8; Senior (60 and older) $7; student (6-17 years old) and military, $6; family (two adults and up to four children), $25; child (5 and under) and Historical Society members, free.
Information: 253-272-3500, www.washingtonhistory.org

EXTERNAL LINKS
The Tacoma News Tribune Article
Washington State Historical Society's Press Release

BLC LINKS
Our post about the exhibit


Sunday, January 17, 2010

New NatGeo Bigfoot Show With Dr. Jeff Meldrum


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
WILLIAM MUNNS
BIGFOOT FIELD RESEARCHERS ORGANIZATION
EPIC SCANS
CONROE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
BRIM AVIATION
PAUL HUBBARD
BRIM AVIATION
RYAN HAGERTY
AMBER PERKINS
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.



EXTERNAL LINKS
The Official NatGeo site for the Bigfoot Documentary
Meldrum's Idaho State University homepage
Meldrum's biography at Idaho State University




Friday, January 15, 2010

San Diego Weekly Paper Covers Bigfoot

The first issue of the San Diego Reader came out on October 4, 1972. It was a 12-page weekly black-and-white tabloid with an initial printing of 20,000 copies. Since 1972 the Reader has grown to nearly 200 pages and 160,000 papers are distributed each week.

This week they have a cover story about Bigfoot and controversy ensues.



The cover story begins with a hiking adventure in which author, James Snyder, finds a foot shaped imprint in a rock. Its starts as a delightful tale of a hiker in the initial stages of Bigfoot wonder until two things happen. First, Snyder is dismissive of Dr. Jeff Meldrum's opinion. Second, Snyder claims Michael Esordi unfulfilled revenue promises for the casting of the imprint.

You are welcome to read the whole thing here, its a story with 3862 words spanning nine pages. We have the 300 word version below followed by an excerpt from Michael Esordi's response.

An unexpected shape caught my eye. “What the heck,” I murmured. “That looks like a huge footprint.” Closer, I ogled a five-toed imprint embedded into the rock. “Hey, Rich, I just found Bigfoot!” I shouted over my shoulder. Rich made his way toward me. I squatted down to examine the impression and noticed dermal folds under the biggest toe. The toes were flexed to the side in unison, the way mine would be if I stepped at the same angle as this foot once had. “Oh, yeah, I see it,” said Rich. “It’s probably a natural rock formation. Sure looks real, though.” There was an unspoken rule of hiking courtesy between us: You show interest in what I find, and I’ll do the same.

Soon, curiosity about the footprint had eroded my ability to think of anything else. A general contractor, I got off work early one day and decided to put the issue to rest. I stuffed my backpack with a five-gallon bucket that contained a gallon jug of water, a third of a bag of 20-minute (hot mud) drywall compound, a jar of Vaseline, a paintbrush, a trowel, and some cardboard and tape. Then I made for the trailhead.

I sent photos of the print to a Bigfoot website run by a local expert, Michael Esordi. He posted them on his site, and within days, the Bigfoot people started chiming in with opinions. Dr. Jeff Meldrum, an Idaho State University expert on Bigfoot prints, said, “It can’t be. I see a quartz vein in the rock.” However, the supposed “quartz vein” was a white mineral-water stain from a seasonal flow of water. So much for the “expert.”

I took the plaster cast to Michael Esordi, the Sasquatch expert in Point Loma, who runs the Bigfoot website. He made a latex mold of the cast, so he could make and sell copies on his site. I was to receive profits, but he suddenly moved to Rhode Island, and I never saw a dime, yet he kept the Ramona Bigfoot cast in his merchandise offerings for a while.


Michael Esordi, in the comments section of the page, describes his contact with Snyder in detail and at one point responds directly to Snyder never seeing a dime.

... On the occasions I met with Mr. Snyder he conveyed two things to me. One was that he wanted to determine what had made the footprint and the other was to see what kind of monetary compensation could be made from his find. After some discussion, I obtained Mr. Snyder’s permission to make a cast from his original and to offer it for sale on the website. I personally covered all costs of production and manufacture on the item and did place it into commerce on my website. However, there was minimal interest in the item and no profits were ever made on it. Given this fact, I discontinued sale of the item ...


Our take-away from this story? If this imprint is in granite, then we need to rethink how heavy we think Bigfoot is!

** UPDATE **
Our generous friends at www.bigfootencounters.com alerted us to the original story they uploaded back in May of 2002. You should give them a visit here. Below is a photo of the actual imprint, that was included with the original 2002 article.



Another picture provided by Bobbie Short of Bigfootencounters.com. Thanks again Bobbie!



The link to the San Diego Article is here.
You can learn about Jeff Meldrum here.
You can learn about Michael Esordi here.
You can visit Esordi's site The Bigfoot Museum here.
The Original 2002 article can be read at bigfootencounters.com



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jeff Meldrum Explains Lack of Bigfoot Bones


Dr. Jeff Meldrum is going to be a guest speaker at the Oregon Sasquatch Symposium and he is interviewed in a new documentary called The Town Bigfoot Built.

In the video below, first posted at Cryptomundo.com, Dr. Jeff Meldrum talks to National Geographic about the lack of Bigfoot Bones.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jeff Meldrum talks Bigfoot on Today Show


Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who will be speaking at the BLC sponsored Oregon Sasquatch Symposium talks Bigfoot on the Today Show.

Dr. Meldrum has published several academic papers ranging from vertebrate evolutionary morphology, the emergence of bipedal locomotion in modern humans and Sasquatch and is a co-editor of a series of books on paleontology. Meldrum is the author of the 2006 book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (ISBN 0-7653-1216-6), a companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary of the same name.

Below is the isolated clip from the Today Show with just Dr. Jeff Meldrum.


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lloyd Pye Calls Bigfoot Hominoids

Lyoyd Pie is a UFOlogist ala Zacharia Sitchen. Now there is a camp (pun intended) of Bigfooters who believe UFOlogist should stay away from Bigfooting. I would say The Bigfoot Lunch Club falls into this camp. Bigfoot as an inter-dimensional extra-terrestrial biological entity goes against the grain of the credibility many scientists and researchers have spent much of their sweat equity on.

Prominent cryptozoologist Jeff Meldrum and Loren Coleman would prefer to study fossil records and modern primates as oppose to exclusively searching for clues in ancient Babylonian texts. My very moniker, Epic Gilgamesh, gives away I am at least interested in Babylonian kings, but mostly because it is the first recorded relationship between a mortal (1/3 mortal anyway) befriending a wild-man. Enkidu is probably literature's first bigfoot, in my humble opinion.

Going back to Pye, you can go to his Hominoids website to judge for yourself whether or not he has a place in Bigfooting. I will say this, although we disagree with his theories, his theories do suggest a great amount thought and are well constructed.

Below is an audio interview where he talks about human origins and what he calls hominoids A.K.A. Bigfoot.



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