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Scientists:

Jane Goodall

Dr. Jeff Meldrum


Jane Goodall, primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodhall Institute; author of numerous works such as In the Shadow of Man, The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior, and Through a Window: My 30 Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe.

 

Highlights: (1:08) Goodall states the reasons why she is "sure that they (Bigfoots) exist," which include, among other evidence, her conversations with Native Americans who have seen and heard these hominoids.


Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology, Idaho State University; author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science.

Note: This is a lecture in six parts of approximately ten minutes each. Much can be inferred about Bigfoot foot morphology from the tracks they leave behind, and Meldrum goes into explicit detail in this presentation. Highlights below.

Note 2: Unfortunately, this very informative video is no longer available for public viewing. However, the links and notes will remain in the hopes that this video will be made public again.

Highlights:

Part 1: (5:50) Unlike the human foot, the Sasquatch foot is characterized by a midtarsal break, which gives the midfoot greater flexibility. The foot "functions as a two component mechanism" and "allows for better grasping in substrate."

Part 2: (0:50) In the Sasquatch foot, the "relative length of the heel to the overall length of the foot is increased." (7:43) In examining the Leatoli footprints (early hominid) for any possible correlation to Sasquatch footprints, Meldrum finds a similar "point of flexion" or pressure ridge.

Part 3: (3:28) Early hominids "were walking on flat, flexible feet that still exhibit a midtarsal break." (5:40) "When did that transition to the characteristic human foot with an arch and differentiated ball pad take place?" (9:50) Pressure ridges may still be evident in Homo erectus tracks. "If hominids became bipedal as early as 7 million years ago, we've got almost 6 million years of walking on flat, flexible feet like Sasquatch, so that was a pretty stable adaptation, pretty effective way to get around in the habitats in which these animals found themselves in."

Part 4: (1:13) The "human foot is a really recent innovation." (7:00) The midtarsal break is evident in the track photos of Patterson's Bigfoot.

Part 5: (4:58) Patty showed up at other times, in other locales near Bluff Creek, owing to other instances of track casts that match her 15" foot. (6:11) Illustration of the walking dynamic of the Sasquatch foot. (9:40) Midtarsal break in action in the Patterson film.

Part 6: (1:40) Protruding heel explained. (3:33) Contraction of the gastrocnemius in the Patterson film. (5:48) The dexterity of the Sasquatch foot is comparable to the human hand.