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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Report from Bigfoot Confenrence

Many of you know of my keen interest in cryptozoology and all critters of the Bestiary. In particular Sasquatch.  

I just got back from the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy conference(TBRC ) held in Tyler, East Texas. 

I’m so jazzed as I’m especially interested in analyzing Big Foot (Giganthopithicus) scat to determine what exactly they are eating in the East Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas area.   

Just in Texas there are 19 billion acres of dense forest, free of humans.  There’s plenty of food both plant and meat to sustain a large species of hominid. Bigfoot is not just a rare species that occurs in the Pacific Northwest or as the Yeti in Nepal, but rather is quite global. Sightings from most of the United States have been reported.

Me and Bigfoot head

Guest speakers included Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Dr. Ian Redmond, amongst a few local authorities on the Texas Bigfoot.
Dr. Meldrum is no light weight. He is a physical anthropologist at Idaho State University and an affiliate curator for the Idaho Museum of Natural History. His research is centered on vertebrate—particularly primate—evolutionary morphology. His formal study of primates began with doctoral research on terrestrial adaptations in African primates, and has since taken him from the dusty skeletal cabinets of far-flung museums to the remote badlands of Colombia and Argentina in search of fossil New World primates, and to Asia to investigate intriguing reports of unknown primates.

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 and the UK Rhino Group ( 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.

The best part of the conference was meeting people who have witnessed Sasquatch individuals. There were hair samples and castings to look at and many DNA labs have reported human-like/primate DNA. Yes, maybe contamination or a close relative of Homo. At least other common species such as bear and coyotes have been eliminated as possibilities.

 Listening to recordings of wood knocking and calls reminds me of how the great apes behave and vocalize. Here is the famous Sierra recording:

Feel free to ask questions or write comments if you want to learn more. I hope to investigate witness accounts, especially now since deer season is starting. Hunter sightings spike in the fall.


Becky said...

This sounded like a very interesting Bigfoot conference that you went to. I always wondered if it was true about the Sasquatch existing. I think it would a good thing for us to build trust with them instead of harming them. I sometimes don't understand why people don't try to co-exist with different species instead of harming them and making them extinct.

Eva Gordon said...

So true. I suspect the Sasquatch has a long history of being chased out, speared at and shot at by humans.

Their immune system may not be able to tolerate our germs.