Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kultus - a Book and a Blog


It has just come to my attention that my good friend, Kirk Sigurdson has started a blog related to his new bigfoot-themed novel, Kultus.  I wrote about my take on Kirk's book in a previous blog post.

Kirk is an excellent writer, so I would encourage you to not only read his book, but check out his blog as well.  He is a man of many interests, and he offers unique perspectives on each and every one.

Click here to visit the Kultus Book Blog.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #42

London Trackway #42
This cast is very interesting to me.  Despite the fact that there are many anatomical details found in the London Tracks that seem to confirm their authenticity, some casts have details that suggest a hoax.  This one cast alone shows characteristics of both real prints and hoaxes.

While I'm still inclined to think that the London Trackway was made by a sasquatch, there will always be a lingering doubt in my mind.  Unless one sees the track maker, how can anyone be sure?  

Footprint evidence is a tricky thing.  That's why I study it. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Four - Lake Tahoe Field Notes

Lake Tahoe from above.

On Finding Bigfoot’s third visit to California, we focused our efforts on the Lake Tahoe area. Among bigfooters, arguably the most famous piece of evidence out of this area is the Tahoe Scream, a high-pitched scream thought to have been made by a juvenile sasquatch, which to this day is not publicly distributed. However, what most bigfooters do not realize is that numerous other recordings of strange vocalizations came from the same area around the same time. Bob Strain and Tom Yamarone obtained one such recording.

Tom and Bob’s recording was obtained adjacent to an outlying housing tract near Meyers, CA. To the east of the last street is nothing but some decommissioned roads, and wilderness leading up to granite peaks topping 11,000 feet in elevation. There is more than enough room for a small group of sasquatches to move about and remain more-or-less out of view. It is perfect bigfoot habitat.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blacksleep, White Whale, and Bigfoots


A local band called Blacksleep contacted me a while back to do some spoken word vocal tracts for a song they were writing.  The song, entitled White Whale, is about searching for something that others say doesn't exist, such as Moby Dick, or a sasquatch.  The band has finally released their digital album, and I am thrilled to be able to share the track I collaborated with them on below.



Check out this band's Facebook page, or click this link to download their album for free.  A hard copy of their CD can be ordered from this same link, and is only $10.  This is a rare opportunity to support an independent band, as well as show your interest in bigfoots at the same time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Orang Pendek Project - 6/7/13

The cast of an orang pendek was collected
on June 7, 2013.
Another cast has now been posted in the Orang Pendek Project's data index.  This cast was obtained in June, 2013, and was the only print clear enough to cast from the site.  The creature was not seen.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Bigfoot Coffee Company

I've always thought that maybe Starbucks wasn't squatchy enough, and now I know for sure.  A new company from the Oregon Coast has produced some joe that can keep me up all night bigfooting, and they have an appropriate name to boot.

The Bigfoot Coffee Company has a Facebook page and is requesting that you go there and "like" it.  Check back often for updates and news about distribution of their coffee.  A pound of Bigfoot Coffee would make an excellent gift for the bigfooter on your Squatchmas list!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Four Field Notes - China

A huge sculpture depicting a female yeren
 interacting with its young.
Having read about the Chinese wildman, or yeren, for years, I was nothing less than thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to that part of the world for an expedition. Our investigations would be centered in Hubei province, specifically the Shennongjia Forest District, one of several “hot spots” in China for yeren sightings.

The terrain looked and felt remarkably similar to the Pacific Northwest. It was heavily wooded with mixed firs and rhododendron which grew on its steep canyon walls. Most of this area is utterly devoid of road and trails. It seemed to me that most of the tourists were constrained to heavily developed walking trails that only skirted the wilderness areas that surround the main roads. Small trails have, however, been developed by the local mountain people, and these trails are largely used for the gathering of medicinal herbs and wood.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kultus: a Novel

The cover of Kultus.  Cover design by
Guy Edwards of Bigfoot Lunch Club.
Author, teacher, and envelope-pusher Kirk Sigurdson has published his first fictional novel having to do with bigfoots entitled Kultus. I have read it cover to cover, and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, characters, and message.  The setting is a slightly fictionalized Skamania County, WA in and around the Columbia River Gorge.  Kirk uses his knowledge and experience of bigfoots and the radical politics of logging to intertwine them into a story about conservation, land use, and passions.

Here is the blurb from Amazon about the book:
Jonathan Dewey Graham owns the largest stand of Pacific Rainforest in the United States. The Old Growth Resistance (OGRE) wants to stop him from logging on his own land by suing to classify it as a protected wilderness area. OGRE's campaign, funded in part by marijuana cultivation, hits a roadblock when forest giants (bigfoot) are discovered living in the ancient old growth forest. Ultimately, the precarious balance between landed gentry and environmental extremists comes to rest on the shoulders of a twelve year-old girl—Graham’s only child—who is befriended by a lone forest giant. The end result is both poignant and tragic. Kultus touches upon the universal nature of love, sentience, and the sustainability of resources in a world burdened with an ever-growing human population. Television personality, Cliff Barackman, calls this novel, "The riveting story of a metaphoric tug-of-war between lawyers, timber companies, land owners, hippies, and one young girl. Outside of these warring interests are the sasquatches whose ultimate fate depends on the outcome of the human wrangling." A surprising amount of research from the fields of anthropology and cryptozoology helps to enrich the story with realistic details. Like Upton Sinclair's, The Jungle, Kultus has the power to transform society for the better. Its social commentary about non-human intelligence is at once captivating, and also chilling.


I can highly recommend this book to any reader of bigfoot fiction. Being a teacher of literature, I can safely say that Kirk's writing style will not disappoint, and his imagination will live up to the same expectation.

Buy this book from Amazon by clicking this link.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #66

London Track #66
Track number 66 from the London Trackway is one of the least clear casts due to the substrate from which it was obtained. At times, the ground was covered with a thick layer of moss and algae where the track maker walked. This cast was obtained from one of those mossy patches. The depth of the toes show clearly in the cast, but not much else.

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Dinosaur Species and Sasquatch

This is an illustration of Siats meekerorum.
(Credit: Artwork by Jorge Gonzales)

A new species of huge carnivorous dinosaur has been discovered here in North America.  While this is not a dinosaur blog, I found it interesting that this new species has been dubbed Siats meekerorum.  The name was derived from Siats, the giant, humanoid, cannabalistic monsters from Ute mythology.

The Ute tribe are Native Americans who traditionally inhabited the Great Basin, though now they now are mostly found in Utah and Colorado.  They tell stories of giant, trickster humanoids that are called Siats (females were called Bapets) who would kidnap children.  The females would force the children to nurse from their breasts, poisoning and killing them.  They would then eat the children after they were dead.  Siats and Bapets were thought to be nearly immortal, though they could be killed with obsidian arrows or spears.  

We know that nearly every Native tribe in North America has bogey man stories such as these.  It is thought that many (if not all) of them derive from sasquatches sharing the lands with the Native people.  Now, the Ute Siat has transcended mammalianhood and has had its name bestowed on a reptilian monster.  

For more on monsters in Native cultures, and their possible connection to sasquatches, check out Kathy Strain's excellent book by clicking this link.  



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sanderson Inscription to Jerry Crew

Sanderson's inscription to Jerry Crew
While filming volume two of Bigfoot Road Trip, I was treated by seeing (and holding and caressing) many lost treasures of bigfoot history.  Among them was this little gem.

Ivan T. Sanderson gave Jerry Crew a copy of his book, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life.  Sanderson was kind enough to write a short, personalized inscription into the inside cover the book, which Jerry kept safe over the years (though a little water damage and time has taken their toll).

Sanderson and Crew knew each other well, and considered each other friends.  Besides this book, there were letters from the men to each other, as well as other relics from the history of bigfooting.  Many of these will be showcased for the very first time with the release of Bigfoot Road Trip, Volume 2, expected to be released this summer.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Orang Pendek Project - 3/27/13

An orang pendek footprint cast collected on
March 27, 2013 in Sumatra.
While hunting birds in the jungle, the witness stumbled across sign of a passing orang pendek. He found a line of footprints and broken trees (probably bamboo, but possibly sugarcane) that might have been foraged upon. He also found a pile of leftover fruit and husks in the footprint line. He notified John, the tracker for the Orang Pendek Project, and returned to the site to cast footprints.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Four - Santa Cruz Field Notes

Mike Rugg and Cliff Barackman
Santa Cruz is pretty familiar territory for me, having been there probably a few dozen times over the years to visit friends. I had been there two or three times in the past specifically for bigfoot reasons, particularly when I lived in San Francisco, CA back in the late 1990′s. The areas between Big Basin and Pescadero were my target areas, though I ventured as far south as Big Sur. Though I have never run across a bigfoot in the region, I am certain bigfoots are at least part-time residents of the local mountains, and possibly even full-time ones.

When I was visiting Santa Cruz frequently, I would often visit my friends who lived on the “Ranch,” a strange shanty-town style garage converted into a semi-legal living situation on the backside of a cartoony five acre junk yard on Soquel Creek. The Ranch was adjacent to a persimmons orchard on one side, Soquel creek on the other, and steep redwood-laden hills on the backside of the property. Weird things happened at the Ranch, which is to nobody’s surprise, as weird folks lived there. Some of these things fit very nicely into the possibility of having sasquatches around on some occasions over the years.

Jeff, one of the primary residents of the ranch, reported some strange things to me over the years. For instance, one time he heard what he though was a very acrobatic person climbing the junk piles next to his home and walking on the roof before jumping off and running away. Another time while washing dishes, he saw distinct red lights down the long driveway. He said it reminded him of an eye looking at him, and indeed he thought it was a mountain lion or some other creature. Strange animal sounds were fairly common, including goats down in the creek area (where there were no goats), and loud growling and garbled roaring at the backside of the property.

And then there was the “Tall Man.” The Tall Man was seen on several occasions looking into the windows under the eaves of the house, more than eight feet off the ground. He was described as being totally dark with no features visible. He was once seen coming out of the creek, crossing the driveway, and passing over the barbed wire fence into the persimmons orchard. He moved like he was floating, giving the impression to the witnesses that he was more spirit than physical. Another time, just before dark, he was seen walking down the driveway. His head and top of the shoulders could be seen above the Ford Van that was blocking their view. He was always seen at dark or dusk, and always described as uniformly dark from head to toe.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #5

London Track #5
London Track number five was never cast, but it was one of many to be measured. It was 14.5 inches long, 5.5 inches wide at the ball, and 4.75 inches wide at the heel.

Only three toes are clearly visible in the photograph. The grassy substrate did not allow for deep impressions into the soil, but the medial heel impressed a bit. Note in the photograph that there appears to be a rock at this point.

Cliff Barackman measuring the ball width of
London Track #5.
Click this link to visit the London Trackway Index.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #77

London Track #77
London Track number 77 is not a very detailed cast. Only three toes are visible, and a slight heel impression is evident. The heel impressed only about one cm into the substrate, and this feature is more visible in the daytime still than in the photos of the cast itself.

The striations on the toes are of some interest. They are not parallel, indicating the possibility of independent toe movement. If a fake prosthetic was used to make this trackway, it would be expected that the toes would show parallel striations since the digits would be all connected to the same surface. The close up of the toes in the gallery below shows this feature best.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Orang Pendek Project


I am pleased to publicly announce the Orang Pendek Project, an international cooperative effort to document data supporting the existence of the orang pendek of Sumatra.  Researchers on three continents are pooling their resources, knowledge, and efforts to find, gather, and document evidence that might eventually lead to the official academic acknowledgement of the existence of these diminutive bipedal apes.

A section of my website, CliffBarackman.com will be devoted to showcasing the data collected.  This project has been quietly gathering evidence for a year now, and the results have been extraordinary.  Too much evidence has been collected to share at once, so over the coming weeks and months, I will be adding data as I am able.

Keep checking back for more information and evidence!  Click this link to go directly to the data index of the Orang Pendek Project.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Four - Boggy Creek Field Notes

The Sulfur River Bottoms

Any bigfooter who was alive in the 1970′s has been influenced to some degree by the movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek. This 1972 pseudo-documentary certainly affected me in a huge way. Little did I know that decades later I would be visiting Fouke, Arkansas in an attempt to run into the Fouke Monster for myself.

Our town hall meeting was held in an old movie theater after an abbreviated screening of the movie. Lyle Blackburn, author of The Beast of Boggy Creek, was in attendance. It is Lyle who has done the most work on following up on the events of The Legend of Boggy Creek, and also who has tracked down the most reports from both before and after the film from the Fouke area. Hands down, Lyle is the single most important expert on both the film and the bigfoot reports from the vicinity.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Three - Sumatran Field Notes

Under the forest canopy in the Sumatran jungle.

The subject of the orang pendek has fascinated me over the years. From the description, it clearly isn’t the same species as the North American bigfoot, but for some reason it really stimulated my curiosity. Maybe it was the remote location and the possibilities of what could be living in those jungles. Maybe it was the fact that a professional conservationalist, Debbie Martyr, had seen orang pendeks on more than one occasion. Whatever the case, when I found we had the opportunity to visit Sumatra to look into the mystery of these small unknown apes, I was thrilled. When I found that we would be accompanied by cryptozoologist, Adam Davies, I was even more excited.

I had been introduced to Adam Davies a few years back when I made an appearance on a radio program with Adam, Linda Godfrey, and Nick Redfern. It wasn’t a face-to-face introduction, but one where I called into the program from my phone (and actually from the Chehalis Indian Reservation in Washington where I was on a sasquatch expedition at the time). I had been in occasional contact with Adam since, and now we would get the opportunity to do field work together for the first time.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #3

London Track #3
This footprint was not cast, and the above photo, along with the others on the track's entry page in the database, are the only record of its existence.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #44

London Track #44
Yet another one of the London Tracks has been added to the database.  London Track number 44 produced a well-defined cast that shows some interesting details, including what might be an interpalangeal joint in the first digit.

Click here to find out more about this print.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Costume Contest

A squatchy jack-o-lantern carved by Tom Yamarone
I love Halloween, and to celebrate this holiday, I've decided to hold a costume contest on my official Facebook fan page. The three winners will receive free copies of my DVD, Bigfoot Road Trip. The rules are below, but go to my Facebook page to participate! Have fun!

HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
The Theme is: "Keepin' It Squatchy"
Send in your BIGFOOT themed costumes for a chance to win! Here's how it works:

1. The DAY AFTER Halloween - on Friday, November 1st - I'll make two Facebook posts throughout the day.
2. Just 'Comment' with your City and State on either of those posts and 'Attach' your photo
3. The 3 separate photos with the most 'Likes,' or just my personal favorites, will win one of my new Bigfoot Roadtrip DVD's!

This contest ends at 12:00 Midnight MDT on Friday, November 1st. Winners will be notified by Facebook message on Saturday, November 2nd. Please note; many kids watch my Facebook page, so let's keep the photo's and comments fun and clean!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #65

London Track #65
London Track number 65 has now been added to the London Trackway database.  This cast has a strange artifact that makes me wonder how it occurred.

Read more about it here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Historical 1977 Article Featuring Jerry Crew


From the files of Jon Crew comes this interesting article from October 26, 1977.  A lengthy interview with more historical artifacts from the Crew family will be featured in Bigfoot Road Trip Volume 2, due out next summer.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Willow Creek comes to Portland

The Willow Creek movie poster holds some
very disturbing, yet fascinating images.
My favorite bigfoot movie, Willow Creek is coming to Portland, OR.  And the best part is that I am actually on break from filming this week and will be able to attend!  

Willow Creek is the most recent "found footage" genre film by actor, comedian, and director Bobcat Goldthwait.  I reported about the movie after seeing a screening in Arcata, CA a few months ago, and was blown away by the movie.  I laughed at my friends in the footage, and loved the tension Goldthwait built up in several scenes of the movie.  I feel he captured the eerie feeling of what a real bigfoot encounter can be like.  

If you're in the Portland, OR area this Tuesday, I strongly recommend you come to the Hollywood Theater to check out this film.  I'll be there, Bobcat will be there, and you never know who else might show up.  

Who:  
Me, you, and Bobcat

What: 
Willow Creek movie screening

Where: 
Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212

When:
Tuesday Oct. 22
7:30 pm

How much: 
$12

Bryce Johnson (the leading male actor in Willow Creek) poses
with Cliff and Bobcat at the Orleans Ranger Station in CA

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Everybody has a CliffCast


This past week, I was lucky enough to be featured on an internet radio show hosted by Ryan Fielder, one of the forward-thinking hosts of a program on EverybodyHasaPodcast.com.  I spent about a half-hour with Ryan and others, and what they have produced is now available.

Click here to listen:
http://everybodyhasapodcast.com/ep-29-talking-squatch-cliff-barackman/


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cliff at WSU this Thursday!


On Thursday night, I will be speaking at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. It is an honor to have been invited to the campus where Dr. Grover Krantz once taught!  I will be presenting a talk on the best evidence for bigfoot, featuring videos, photographs, footprints, and more,and I hope to see you there!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Finding Bigfoot goes to New York Comic Con


Attention nerds, geeks, and those in denial!  Finding Bigfoot is coming to the New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 12th.  There will be a couple opportunities to meet us or hear us speak throughout the day.  You might even find us hobnobbing with various superheroes (or heroines) after the gig over a tasty pint in one of New York City's fine brewpubs.

Between 1:30 and 2:30, I will be signing copies of the new Finding Bigfoot book.  The other cast members said they'd drop by the table and sign for a while as well, so come find me and say hello.  Click this link for more details on the book signing.


Later in the evening, the entire Finding Bigfoot cast will be doing a panel discussion led by our executive producer at Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman.  You also know him as the host of the "After the Show" episodes that have become so popular.  The panel discussion will be from 7:45 until 8:45.  Click this link for more information.  Be sure to get in line early for this one, as seats are limited.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Finding Bigfoot with the Huffington Post

Cliff and Andy do some calls
Earlier in the month, I posted a short video of me taking Andy from the Huffington Post out bigfooting in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  Now a written article has been released detailing some of the events of that evening, and general comments made throughout the night.  Enjoy the article below:


Bigfoot Hunting With The 'Finding Bigfoot' Team Reveals ... Something In The Water
Andy Campbell
Andy.campbell@huffingtonpost.com

It was pitch black. We couldn't make a sound. And all we had to protect us were vision cameras, sticks, and a few chicken wings.

We heard a splash that made us jump.

HuffPost Weird News went on a Bigfoot hunt in the pine wilds of New Jersey with Cliff Barackman and Tyler Bounds of Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" -- and conditions were perfect.

The weather was calm at the Franklin Parker Preserve, where we had exclusive access for the night. Some ambient light gave us a farther sight distance. We started our trek with a simple tactic: The "knock," which consists of banging sticks against trees.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #76

London Track #76
London Track number 76 has now been added to the database.  This one is particularly clean and well-defined.  All five digits are clearly visible, and there is some indication of independent toe movement.  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Historical Sightings near Bristol, VA


This recent article caught my eye because the location is very near where we filmed the Virginia episode of Finding Bigfoot.  It sounds like they had a pretty aggressive bigfoot in the area over 100 years ago.

A Bigfoot sighted near Bristol began a reign of terror
BY BUD PHILLIPS | SPECIAL TO THE BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

It seems that all across America, there are areas that have tales of what might be called “Bigfoot stories.” Virtually all of them tell of a super-sized giant resembling a human being. The detailed descriptions vary as to size and shape, but there are some things in common. Generally it is told that the footprints are in the 18-20 inch range. Also, the gigantic body is usually covered in black or brown hair. This hair is usually said to be muddy or matted and in most cases, there is a long, overwhelming eye-burning scent that lingers long after the beast has passed. Some say they have encountered the scent without encountering the sight and have fled.

Most of these bigfoot reports come from the Pacific Northwest, but there are other scattered stories coming from other parts of the nation. In Virginia, I am aware of reports that include Culpepper, Dinwiddie, Orange, Highland, Amherst, Bath, Prince William, Giles and Wythe counties. In the area of Tennessee near Bristol, there are claims made of such in Johnson, Greene, Hancock and Hawkins counties.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Huffington Post Goes Bigfooting with Cliff

Watch the video below for light-hearted footage of me taking Huffington Post reporter, Andy Campbell out for a night investigation in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  Andy is a good guy, and well-versed on much of the current bigfoot news that hits the mainstream media.  His stuff is worth a read.


There's actually a lot of bigfoot-related stuff this week in the "Weird" section of the Huff Post.  Maybe you should check it out.  

The London Trackway - Track #2

London Track #2
London Track number two has now been added to the database.  It was not cast, but was photographed with a scale item.  This is also one of the footprints from which step length metrics were derived.

Click here to learn more about this track.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #52

London Track #52
Track number 52 offers clear impressions of all five toes, which is fairly rare among the London Tracks. The drag-out marks on the distal edge of the toes is very smooth, yet the underside of the toes themselves is quite rough. The striations are angled towards the medial edge of the foot, possibly indicating a leg-lift towards the centerline of travel when the foot was removed from the substrate.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Non-Human Primates Whisper to Each Other

A Cotton-top tamarin at Schwerin Zoo.
Credit: Harald Hoyer / Wikipedia.
An interesting article recently caught my attention.  It has now been officially documented that a species of non-human primate whispers to other members of its species when not wanting to be detected or overheard.  It has long been known that other species engage in a sort of whispering.  Even gophers do it.  However, this is the first recorded instance of deliberate whispering to both avoid detection and communicate threat in a non-human primate.

I have been told by bigfooters that they have heard what they thought were sasquatches whispering back and forth to each other.  No recording was made, but I have no reason to doubt the observation that the murmuring noises seemed to resemble whispering.  (Whether or not the bigfooters' interpretation was correct is another matter.)  This study verifying the behavior in non-human primates strengthens the researchers' claims that the bigfoots might have been whispering.

An exciting aspect to this discovery is whether or not this same behavior can be documented in great apes.  I predict it will be, but we all have to wait to find out.

Enjoy this most interesting article:

Research duo discover first instance of non-human primates whispering to each other
Sep 25, 2013 by Bob Yirka

(Phys.org) —Psychology researchers Rachel Morrison and Diana Reiss of The City University of New York have discovered the first instance of non-human primates whispering to one another. In their paper published in Zoo Biology, the two describe how they recorded vocalizations of captive tamarin monkeys and found that when threatened they sometimes revert to whispering to one another to avoid being overheard.

Whispering is a common strategy used by people to communicate with one or more people while simultaneously trying to avoid having others hear. Other animals have been found to lower the volume of their communications as well under certain circumstances, but never before has any primate other than humans been found to do so. In this new effort, the discovery was inadvertent.

Click this link to read the rest of the article.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Skull Morphology Tied to Bipedalism

Comparison of the skeletons of three bipedal mammals:
an Egyptian jerboa, an eastern gray kangaroo and a human.
(Credit: Image courtesy of University of Texas at Austin)

This sounds like a no-brainer, but the scientific debate has lingered for almost 90 years.  Finally, the relationship between the foramen magnum (the hole at the base of your skull through which the brain stem transmits) and bipedalism has been proven beyond doubt.

This is important to us bigfooters in regards to future cranial discoveries of apes, and particularly hominids and our ancestors.  As we learn more about bigfoots, humans, and our relationship on the primate family tree, we need to know where the big hairy guys belong.  Are they hominids?  Are they Silvapithecus offshoots?  Are they something else entirely?  Only by learning about our ancestors can we shed any light onto these mysteries.  Certainly, chief among the concerns about possible ancestory would be bipedalism.


Anthropologists Confirm Link Between Cranial Anatomy and Two-Legged Walking
Sep. 26, 2013 — Anthropology researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have confirmed a direct link between upright two-legged (bipedal) walking and the position of the foramen magnum, a hole in the base of the skull that transmits the spinal cord.

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Season of Finding Bigfoot starts on November 10th


Wake the kids, call the neighbors!  The new season of Finding Bigfoot starts on November 10th!  And the season opener is a doozy, to say the least.  The Finding Bigfoot team goes one of our "bucket list" locations with a visit to Fouke, Arkansas, and specifically to Boggy Creek.

Any bigfooter of my generation is keenly aware of the movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek.  We enlist the help of Lyle Blackburn, the single best authority of the movie, the community, and the bigfoot activity that continues to happen in the area to this day.  Using footage from the movie itself, the episode will blend modern investigations with decades-old footage for a unique and interesting view of current activity in the area.

Lyle Blackburn and Bobo pose with Lyle's excellent book,
The Beast of Boggy Creek.
For more information on the next season of Finding Bigfoot, click this link.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stillaguamish River Cast Update


A few days ago, I posted another cast to my ever-growing bigfoot footprint database.  This was the Stillaguamish cast from 1980, documented by Douglas Trapp.  Shortly thereafter, I received an email from my good friend Daniel Perez, publisher of the Bigfoot Times newsletter.  He knew Douglass Trapp personally around this same time, and indeed did investigations with him on more than one occasion.  Daniel supplied me with the above newspaper clipping from the Lake Stevens Journal that gives details about the track find.

Most interestingly, this article supplies us with what might be the only photograph of the other footprint cast taken at the site (there's another avenue I'm working on that might supply us with more photos, but this is far from certain).  In my research on the cast in Dr. Meldrum's collection, I discovered language that seemed to indicate there was more than one cast made at the site, and that the "only surviving" cast was to be found in Meldrum's lab.  Thanks to the photos that accompany this article, now we know for sure.

Friday, September 27, 2013

1980 Stillaguamish River Cast

1980 Stillaguamish River Cast
While fishing on September 5, 1980, Douglas Trapp stumbled across three footprints in the sandy river bank of the Stillaguamish River near Robe Canyon outside the small town of Granite Falls, WA. Two of the footprints were side by side, but one was spaced about five feet away behind the others. Backtracking the creature, two slide marks were found on a slope nearby where the creature apparently slid downwards towards the river. It apparently entered the river. No further tracks were found in the vicinity.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #70

London Track #70
London Track number 70 was left in a nice patch of sandy substrate, which recorded the general shape of the foot quite nicely, but with few details. The deepest part of the impression is the lateral side of the ball and heel, with the ball being slightly deeper.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #39

London Trackway #39
Though this cast looks blobby and indistinct upon first glance, a closer look reveals this to be one of the most important of the 122 footprints of the trackway.  Details in toe depth make this cast next to impossible to hoax with a rigid prosthetic.  It was one of 20 or casts from the London data set chosen by Dr. Jeff Meldrum  to scan into the Virtual Footprint Archive.

Click here for more details about this unique footprint.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The London Trackway - Track # 73

London Track #73

London Track number 73 is a fairly nondescript cast. It shows digits numbers one through four quite clearly, but the fifth digit barely registered at all leaving only a hint of its impression. The toes impressed to varying depths. The difference in depth between digits one and two is 3 mm, digits two and three is 8 mm, and between digits three and four is 8 mm.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tyler Bounds Talks About How to Find Bigfoot with Nat Geo

Tyler Bounds catching crayfish in the Arizona wilderness while
filming the "solo" camping trip for Finding Bigfoot.

Friend, researcher, cameraman, and Finding Bigfoot's "outdoor technician," Tyler Bounds was recently interviewed by National Geographic for a short travel piece.  The theme of the article was how to find bigfoot, and Tyler gave some good advice for newbies and old hands alike.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Right Under our Noses

Yellow-bellied legless lizards, one of four new species of
Anniella discovered in California.

While not directly bigfoot-related, this news item goes to show how little we humans know, though we assume to know so much. Right in the middle of almost 13 million inhabitants, literally on the grounds of one of the world's busiest airports, a new species of legless lizard (which are different than snakes) has been documented.  This species is only one of four new species of legless lizards that have now been newly documented in the most recent issue of Brevoria, the Harvard University journal of comparative zoology.

I bring this news item forward not only because I'm a fan of cryptozoology in general, but also to point out to the "they don't exist because we would have known about them by now" crowd that perhaps that argument has some weaknesses. Think of how many biological surveys must have been conducted on the grounds of Los Angeles International Airport over its 85 year history. All of those missed this creature. I find this fascinating.  

How much more elusive would a nocturnal, intelligent being who is actively trying to avoid us be?

It conjures to mind the following quote:

True wisdom comes to each of us 
when we realize how little we understand about life, 
ourselves, and the world around us.

-Socrates 

Enjoy the article from Discovery News:


New Species of Legless Lizard Found at LAX
SEP 18, 2013 04:54 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS

A bustling airport would hardly seem the place to find a new species of reclusive animal, but a team of California biologists recently found a shy new species of legless lizard living at the end of a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

What’s more, the same team discovered three additional new species of these distinctive, snake-like lizards that are also living in some inhospitable-sounding places for wildlife: at a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley and on the margins of the Mojave desert.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Eric Altman Launches Website

Eric Altman and Cliff Barackman hang out before the PA
townhall meeting.
If you've been in bigfooting for more longer than Finding Bigfoot has been on the air, then you certainly know about the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society and one of its founding members, Eric Altman.  For the newbies who have only recently taken up residence in Bigfootland, Eric is a long-time researcher of bigfoots, and all sorts of other weird things.

Eric is my go-to guy for investigating reports in the PA area, and he graciously helps me research sighting reports from that area of the country.  He and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society conduct thorough investigations, often on-site with the witnesses.  Eric and the PBS have been invaluable resources for me over the last few years.

Eric has now launched his own personal website to feature some of his own work.  Included in his links are media appearances, links to his excellent radio program called Beyond the Edge Radio (on which I've been a guest), and, of course, a link to the PA Bigfoot Society.

I would like to encourage you to drop by Eric's page and explore a bit.  Send him a hello via his contact page, and tell them I sent you!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bigfoot in Hungary?


This little blurb caught my eye from the August, 2013 edition of National Geographic.  If you have any more information on international bigfoot creatures, let me know by emailing me at NorthAmericanBigfoot@gmail.com.