Jeffrey Meldrum, PhD, and Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University, shows us (in the video below) the strongest evidence for the existence of a large, bipedal humanoid being that is still roaming the planet today. As Meldrum states in the video, the most convincing evidence for the existence of a ‘Sasquatch,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Bigfoot,’ are the tracks that have been found by researchers in remote, forest-covered areas in North America, and these tracks number in the hundreds.
I am not saying that ‘Sasquatch’ or ‘Bigfoot’ is real. With this article, I am simply trying to show people that this ‘fringe’ topic is taken very seriously by a number of people. The examples used in this article are a few out of many from researchers who have spent decades looking at the evidence. Unfortunately, no matter how much evidence exists demanding that a subject needs to be examined more seriously, topics like this one are still instantly ridiculed without any attention paid to the many people who devote their time to exploring it. And these are not ‘crackpot’ people…
You wouldn’t think that this topic is taken seriously by numerous academics/scientists, but it is. Fortunately, there are scientists out there who are willing to examine the evidence, regardless of how ‘fringe’ or unbelievable the topic may seem. This is the true nature of science, to examine the unknown from a place of neutrality. The day we stop looking into theories or phenomena in a scientific manner, just because they don’t fit the frame, is the day science takes a large step backwards. As Albert Einstein once said, “condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.”
Science is first and foremost a non-dogmatic, open-minded method of acquiring knowledge about nature through the observation, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Its methodology … should not be committed to any particular beliefs, dogmas, or ideologies. – Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona (source)
Most researchers who study the bigfoot subject will point to the abundance of witnesses as the factor they found most compelling about the mystery when first becoming acquainted with it. Over the course of time, bigfoot researchers meet enough eyewitnesses to realize there are indeed many, many eyewitness across the continent who are indeed very credible. Often there are multiple witnesses to a given sighting or encounter. (source)
Other studies have been conducted as well. One of the most recent, titled “Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot, and other anomalous primates,” was published in The Royal Society, Proceedings B. It examined unknown DNA samples from possible “anomalous” primates.
Throughout the twentieth century, thousands of eyewitness reports of giant bipedal apes, commonly referred to as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, have emanated from the montane forests of the western United States and Canada. Hundreds of large humanoid footprints have been discovered and many have been photographed or preserved as plaster casts. As incredulous as these reports may seem, the simple fact of the matter remains – the footprints exist and warrant evaluation. A sample of over 100 footprint casts and over 50 photographs of footprints and casts was assembled and examined, as well as several examples of fresh footprints. – Dr. Meldrum, PhD, Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State university (source)
The quote above is a truth that is commonly ignored when it comes to this phenomenon. If you believe these footprints are a hoax, ask yourself, why would multiple academicians waste their time studying them? Why are these prints found in some of the most remote forested areas miles and miles away from any type of human civilization?
“It’s not that scientists are out there looking for it and can’t find it, scientists are looking the other way.” – Dr. John Bindernagel, Ph.D, Wildlife Biologist.
This fear is a major problem today with the scientific examination of fringe topics.
The human race has always been fascinated with legends like Bigfoot and other types of giant. Perhaps this comes from our acceptance that giants have existed throughout human history. One example of giant humanoids comes from 1883, when the Smithsonian (United States government/military led organization) dispatched a team of archaeologists to the South Charleston Mound. The report indicates that the team uncovered numerous giants from 7 to 9 feet tall. They were decorated with heavy copper bracelets and other religious/cultural items. The report also indicated some of them had a skull that was of “the compressed or flat-head type.” This would resemble similar skeletal characteristics to those found in South America and Egypt. (source)
Another example comes from 1774, when settlers found what they called “The Giant Town,” which housed several gigantic skeletons, one being an eight foot tall male. (source) And don’t forget about all of the stories of giants roaming the Earth in ancient mythology.
“The eyes of that species of extinct Giant, whose bones fill the Mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1848 (source)
(There are also curious extinct apes that were huge, like Gigantopithecus.)
From Dr. Meldrum:
In October 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin claimed to have captured on film a female Bigfoot retreating across a loamy sandbar on Bluff Creek, in northern California. The film provides a view of the plantar surface of the subject’s foot, as well as several unobstructed views of step cycles. In addition to a prominent elongated heel, a midtarsal break is apparent during midstance and considerable flexion of the midtarsus can be seen during the swing phase. The subject left a long series of deeply impressed footprints. Patterson cast single examples of a right and a left footprint. The next day the site was visited by Robert Laverty, a timber management assistant and his sales crew. He took several photographs including one of a footprint exhibiting a pronounced pressure ridge in the midtarsal region. This same footprint, along with nine others in a series, was cast two weeks later by Bob Titmus, a Canadian taxidermist. A model of inferred skeletal anatomy is proposed here to account for the distinctive midtarsal pressure ridge and “half-tracks” in which the heel impression is absent. In this model the Sasquatch foot lacks a fixed longitudinal arch, but instead exhibits a high degree of midfoot flexibility at the transverse tarsal joint. Following the midtarsal break, a plastic substrate may be pushed up in a pressure ridge as propulsive force is exerted through the midfoot. An increased power arm in the foot lever system is achieved by heel elongation as opposed to arch fixation. (source)
To this day, experts have not been able to debunk this footage.
Why It’s Okay To Examine This Subject
It’s no secret that serious scientific examinations of topics like Bigfoot are often ridiculed by many mainstream ‘academics.’ At the same time, there are those who do take it seriously, and are at least willing to look at whatever evidence surfaces. For one to completely dismiss and turn a blind eye to data would indeed be ignorant. We must not forget that science often progresses from its examination of what is originally considered as ‘fringe’ to eventually seeing the subject with new eyes. One great example of this is the quantum double slit experiment, a popular experiment used to examine how consciousness and our physical material world are intertwined. You can read more about that here. Today, there is a large consensus within the scientific community that the nature of our reality has its roots in non-physical phenomenon, like consciousness. Although some still disagree, the growing acceptance of this concept and modern day quantum physics itself can be attributed to scientists stepping out of their comfort zones with regards to what they believe to be real.
We’ve also seen the same thing happen with Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), a topic that in the past was heavily ridiculed, but is now officially disclosed as real in multiple countries and by many politicians, high ranking military personnel, academicians, and more. (To learn more about that, you can click here.) Perhaps this is something we are also going to see in the field of Bigfoot research?
The point I am trying to make is that it’s the job of science to examine evidence, and not turn away from it. If there is a sufficient amount of evidence to support a topic that is extremely fringe, it should at least be examined before it’s subjected to ridicule, no matter how crazy the topic seems.
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