|Me and Bigfoot head|
As the acting director of the Center for Motion Analysis and Biomechanics (CMAB) Dr. Meldrum is collaborating with engineers, paleontologists, and the Idaho Virtualization Lab, to model the pattern of evolution of the hominid foot skeleton. His interests also encompass the evaluation of the footprints purportedly left by an unrecognized North American ape, commonly known as the sasquatch. He has authored an expanded companion volume to the very successful Discovery Channel documentary, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. I have the hard copy version.
He brought a vast collection of fascinating footprint track castings. His lecture included his report to a recent trip to Viet Nam, where an unknown bigfoot like hominid is thought to exist.
Dr. Ian Redmond is a well respected field biologist who has done extensive study on elephants and mountain gorillas. He was once Diane Fossey’s assistant and was there when Digit, the silverback mountain gorilla was killed. He is the documentary filmmaker who introduced Sir David Attenborough to gorillas in 1978 for the famous BBC Life on Earth sequences, and he coached Sigourney Weaver for her award-winning role in the film Gorillas in the Mist (1987).
|Me and Dr. Ian Redmond|
He is active in numerous conservation groups such as The Ape Alliance www.4apes.com and the UK Rhino Group (www.rhinogroup.org.uk). He is the Chief Consultant and Envoy for GRASP – the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership, an organization he helped launch in 2001.
He shares my feeling that we must build trust with this rare North American hominid rather than harming them. Just like Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey did with chimpanzees and gorillas.
I felt so honored to meet Dr. Redmond since he knew Diane Fossey one my personal heroines for her efforts to conserve gorillas. Growing up, I wanted to be Jane Goodall and study chimps in Africa. Perhaps I will study the American giant ape, a possible Giganthopithicus.