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Following the Footsteps of a “Big” Legend

Professor of anthropology walks through his Sasquatch discoveries.

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Following the Footsteps of a “Big” Legend

Jeff Meldrum signing books and answering questions after his presentation.

Jeff Meldrum signing books and answering questions after his presentation.

Taylor Hunzeker

Jeff Meldrum signing books and answering questions after his presentation.

Taylor Hunzeker

Taylor Hunzeker

Jeff Meldrum signing books and answering questions after his presentation.

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At the Mid-Columbia Library on Sept. 1, chairs were filled to listen to Jeff Meldrum’s presentation of “Sasquatch: Legend Meets

The professor of anthropology who presented the convention, Jeff Meldrum.

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The professor of anthropology who presented the convention, Jeff Meldrum.

Science.” About 130 people came to listen to the Idaho State University professor of anthropology stories of footprint discoveries and Sasquatch studies. His area of expertise is on the foot’s form and functions of the Sasquatch. He presented the name of the term Anthropoides Ameriborealis in 2007. This means North American ape foot.

 

Meldrum fist addressed his most frequently asked question, “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” He said, “No.” He explained the limits he makes of the scientific aspects of the Bigfoot phenomenon and focuses on the things that can be applied to the scientific method. “I’m convinced based on the evidence. I’m about the evidence,” he said. Meldrum later explained that the best evidence of Sasquatch is the consistence of footprints, the architecture and other different elements of a human and a Sasquatch’s footprints.

 

Books on the subject of the Sasquatch in front of the presentation area.

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Books on the subject of the Sasquatch in front of the presentation area.

Meldrum grew up in Spokane, where he saw Rodger Patterson’s film of Bigfoot at age 11. Later on in life, Meldrum encountered footprint evidence in the Blue Mountains near Walla Walla. The toes were about the size of a human’s fingers. This is the time when he started to get more interested in the idea of the phenomenon.

 

After years of studying the casted footprints of suspected Sasquatches, Meldrum has concluded the depth pressure, the details of anatomy, the angles of the axis flexion, and the mid tarsal joint compared to non-human primates. There is no stiff arch in the Sasquatch’s foot like humans which means a more flexible foot that is flat. Like an ape’s foot, there are longer toes for gripping the sides of mountains. He has tried DNA tests on suspected Sasquatch hair and has tried to have trained dogs track down the Sasquatches but both of these tests have not been entirely successful. Meldrum has found that the best evidence of a footprint is the evidence that

The audience anxiously waiting for Jeff Meldrum to present his findings and studies on the Sasquatch.

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The audience anxiously waiting for Jeff Meldrum to present his findings and studies on the Sasquatch.

is consistent, distinct and different from a human’s foot.

 

As someone who has studied the Sasquatch phenomenon for more than half of his life, Meldrum has stuck to his evidence and facts. He decided early on in his career that he should not rely on another’s word or belief but in his findings only. The adherence to this belief has brought him success in a deeper understanding of the rare Sasquatch.

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