The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (www.BFRO.net)
is the only scientific organization
focused on the bigfoot / sasquatch mystery.
is leaving large footprints...
...in the mountainous forests and dense swamps of North America -- be it hoaxer or unknown hominoid. These tracks constitute the most readily assessable form of evidence for Sasquatch -- if they are made accessible to scientific researchers.
|Dr. Jeff Meldrum
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology
Idaho State University
Affiliate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Affiliate Curator of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization
Dr. Meldrum has been investigating the ways monkeys, apes and human ancestors get around, or locomote, for nearly fifteen years. Some of his research has focused on the way in which the human foot has adapted to the habit of walking on two feet (bipedalism). His research compares and contrasts the anatomy and function of diverse primate feet -- the interaction of the muscles ligaments and bones, as well as the sole pad and skin ridges. He has also taught courses in comparative primate anatomy, the fossil record of primate and human evolution, and currently teaches human anatomy in the Health Professions Programs at Idaho State University.
" While I grew up in the Pacific Northwest with a keen interest in Bigfoot / Sasquatch, a recent turn of events has prompted a more active professional interest in the evidence for the existence of Sasquatch. In 1996 I was afforded the opportunity to personally examine and cast a series of footprints in Washington State. Then again in 1997, while conducting fieldwork in northern California, I examined several examples of fresh tracks. As a result of these experiences, I have commenced assembling examples of footprints as part of a comprehensive review and study of this material. A large number of casts are now available in my lab and some intriguing preliminary results are already evident.
"By examining the various footprint casts, I have identified clues that reveal the skeletal anatomy of the foot -- its joints, proportions and dynamic interactions with the ground. Each cast or footprint photo has the potential of adding an additional piece to the puzzle, or to further substantiate an inference about the functional anatomy of the Sasquatch foot. Rather than simply an enlarged human foot, the Sasquatch foot displays a unique combination of more primitive ape like features combined with specializations for bipedalism. The prospect of a large primate that may have independently evolved bipedalism is intriguing in several respects, including a better understanding of primate diversity and the origin of human adaptations.
"I am convinced that there is a tremendous untapped source of information to be realized in the form of photographs and casts of footprints discovered by various individuals which have never been reported to or examined by a researcher such as myself. Your assistance is requested in locating and contributing to this data set and thereby participating in and furthering this investigation. If you have in your possession, or know of an acquaintance or relative who has original photographs or casts of footprints, please contact me at your earliest convenience. "
Dr. Jeff Meldrum
Dept. Biological Science
Campus Box 8007
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209-8007
Dr.Meldrum can be reached via e-mail at JMeldrum@BFRO.net
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