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Bigfoot Footprints Examined
Anthropologist Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum Weighs In
By Dorraine Fisher
Even though critics scoff at footprint findings of alleged sasquatches, footprint evidence is still the best evidence we have of an undiscovered primate in the forests of North America. As much as some unenlightened individuals try to fake them and make fools of researchers, researchers can tell the difference.
A real print is easily spotted...by a trained eye. A living, fleshy foot makes distinct marks on the surface. The motion of dozens of bones, ligaments, and tendons move in a fluid motion and create what is known as compression lines in the inner edge of the track. And also there are dermal ridges, that are like the fingerprints of the feet. These lines on the bottom of the feet that look just like the fingerprint lines on our fingers cannot be faked. Combined with the sequential movement of a real, fleshy foot, these can be easily seen by the experts.
Fake prints are the result of a solid object like a wooden or plaster “foot” pressing down onto a surface. And they produce what is known as impact ridges which are ridges created on the outer perimeter of the print from the solid object, with absolutely no give at all, pressing against the surface and pushing out. No sequential movement of the bones or muscles inside the foot can be detected in the print, no dermal ridges can be seen, and the prints are basically identical.
A real fleshy foot gives way to the uneven surface of the ground underneath it, whereas a wooden or plaster foot does not. It’s like the difference between a shoe print and bare foot print. The faked print looks more like that of a shoe print than a real, genuine bare foot print. And it’s nearly impossible to fake these nuances.
But we have science on our side, and we use that whenever we can.
Dr. Jeff Meldrum holds a doctorate in anatomical sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is an Associate Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. But he became interested in Sasquatch when he came across of set of curious bipedal footprints in Washington State. Since then, he has been interviewed numerous times and made numerous television appearances, and written several informative books on the subject, including Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, which was the very first book on the subject I ever read nearly 10 years ago. Dr. Meldrum is one of our leading authorities on the subject of Sasquatch and an the closest thing we have to an expert in sasquatch footprints.
And a friend recently brought one of his papers to my attention from the Idaho State University’s website that focuses on the subject of bigfoot footprints in clear, scientific detail. It puts it all into perspective, including the enigmatic “mid-tarsal break” researchers now use to explain the amazing stealth and agility of sasquatches.
Check this out and see what you think.
Special thanks to bigfoot researcher Mike Richburg for bringing this paper to my attention.
This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!
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