Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sasquatch Field Guide by Dr. Jeff Meldrum

The Sasquatch Field Guide
by Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Finally, a concise and well-written field guide has been published to help the bigfoot field investigator document various types of evidence in an appropriate way. Dr. Jeff Meldrum has put together a field guide on heavy-duty, waterproof card stock that literally fits in your back pocket or backpack, adding little weight to those ounce-sensitive backpackers with an interest in collecting data from the backcountry. Seemingly thinking of everything, Dr. Meldrum has even included a ruler along the top margin of the Guide so the researcher will always have a scale item for any photos taken in the woods.

The Sasquatch Field Guide not only helps researchers with identifying possible spoor left by bigfoots, but it also helps him or her reduce the possibility of misidentifying signs of other animals for those of sasquatches. Also included in the Field Guide are easy-to-understand directions on how to gather and store data in the field in preparation for future analysis. The Guide uses colors and diagrams making it easy to read and understand, which could be the difference between successfully gathering data and blowing it when under the pressure of dealing with the real thing out in the field.

Sections in the Sasquatch Field Guide include information on visual identification, footprint identification, track casting, gathering footprint metrics, hair samples, scat samples, tree breaks, nests, cultural signs, stacked rocks, habitat and distribution, diet, vocalizations, possible origins, and taphonomy. This hefty brochure-style guide is densely-packed with valuable information that all field researchers should be intimately acquainted with.

You've Got: The Search for Sasquatch...

Here's a little bit of something Matt and I recorded for AOL a while ago in NYC during a very intensive media tour...  Matt and I don't always agree on what bigfoots are, or what they do.  However, it's obvious that we both are very passionate about the subject.

Some of our facial expressions crack me up...  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Three - Tennessee Field Notes

Scott Carpenter's photograph

Tennessee has a long history of bigfoot encounters, and many interesting bullet points in the bigfoot history books as well. One of the very first bigfoot websites I ever encountered was Mary Green's website on which she called herself the Tennessee Bigfoot Lady. While I have never met Mary, I have friends who have, and they speak of her in good terms. Also from Tennesse was the Janice Carter habituation case, probably the first that most bigfooters would have heard of. While many bigfooters have doubts about what both of the above women have to say, I reserve judgment for cases where I know a little bit more about the people involved than what I've heard through the sometimes vicious bigfoot rumor mill (being a frequent victim of this rumor mill has taught me its inaccurate nature).

The evidence that brought the Finding Bigfoot team to Tennessee was a trail camera photograph obtained by Scott Carpenter on May 29, 2012. The camera was not a motion-activated camera as is often deployed by hunters throughout North America, but rather a camera that takes one photograph every minute until the memory card is full, or the batteries die. It is rare that this kind of camera is deployed, but I think these show promise in our collective endeavor of capturing footage of sasquatches.

Click here to read more about the TN evidence and eyewitness reports.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Bonobo Genome

Genome sequencing of our [currently recognized] closest species relative has been completed.  Considering all the DNA news that has been tossed around in the bigfoot community over the last couple years, the following article should be on most every bigfooter's reading list.  This information could be useful to put into context the data that has been made available.

Enjoy the following from

The Completed Bonobo Genome
Posted by Kambiz Kamrani in Anthropology, Blog, Bonobo,Molecular Biology

The bonobo genome is sequenced. The letter reporting was recently published in Nature, and is available openly under the title, “The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes.” Kay Prüfer from the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is the lead author. There are some interesting preliminary comparisons such as:
  • Bonobos and chimps have 99.6% sequence similarity
  • Bonobos and humans have 98.7% sequence similarity
  • The split of bonobo and chimpanzee is confirmed to have approx. 1 million years ago, with no inbreeding occurring
  • 6% of the bonobo genome has evidence of incomplete lineage sorting (when an allele does not match the population history of a species)
  • This has lead to the observation that ~1.6% of the bonobo genome is more similar to humans than chimpanzees

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #93

Track #93 from the London Trackway

Track number 93 is another messy print, which I often find to be the most interesting. This print shows a shallow heel impression, almost no depth to the mid part of the foot, and then three deeply-gouged toe prints. As many other of the London tracks, only three toes left a recordable impression, and they did so very deeply. This particular sasquatch seems to walk by grabbing the ground with the first three digits, almost as if grasping it to keep its footing. Perhaps this is because of the slippage observed earlier in the trackway, or maybe this is just how bigfoots walk.

The three digits are impressed into the ground not only at different depths, but also at different angles. Digit two and three were measured to be at 132.6 degrees and 125.2 degrees respectively. Digit one lacks the bend that is seen in the mid part of the toe in digits two and three.  This is another example of independent toe movement.  Subtle differences such as these lend credence to the trackway being authentic.

The yellow lines show the angles that the digits impressed into the substrate.

Click here for more on this print, as well as details on the possible toenails seen in the cast.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Stollo - Norwegian Bigfoot?

I recently received an email from a man who lives in Norway.  He told me a little about what the Northern Norwegian Sami traditions call a bigfoot-like creature in their area.  This creature is reportedly called a "stollo," with this name being specific to the area and the Sami people.  Similar creatures in Norway are described elsewhere by more common names such as trolls and the like.

The rock pictured above is supposed to be the size of one of these stollos, and is a location where the local people would make sacrifices to appease these creatures.  The photo, along with a description in Norwegian, can be found by clicking this link.

The description next to the photograph on the above web page was translated by using Google Translate as follows:

Ogre was a stone to honor the Gods Sacrifice Stone - ogre was anciently used as a place of sacrifice, and it was used until the 1800s. The legend says that it's bad luck to tear it. It further states that one should not speak ill of it otherwise it may go bad. You should also politely greet the stone as you pass it to show respect. Ogre (cliff) is in Kvalsundet, on Highway 94, between Hammerfest and Kvalsund and watches over the travelers through Kvalsund.

I find it so interesting that cultures from around the world have creatures that could very well be sasquatches.  It gives strong indication that bigfoots, or something much like them, once wandered on nearly every continent, though now the only signs of them in some regions are found cultural memories and traditions.

A Norwegian bigfoot?  Seems possible.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #47

The London Trackway #47
Track number 47 was the 13th consecutive cast to be taken. It is generally a blobby print, but as is often the case with the less-clean examples, it shows some interesting features. Much, if not all, of the toe impressions and details have been obliterated by the damage done to the ground by the anterior of the foot. However, the heel impression is quite “clean” and shows a naturally rounded shape, both along the proximal edge and the underlying contours.

Heel detail seen in the slick mud of the lake's shoreline
Click this link for or more details and photos.

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Gorilla Reunion

While watching this, remove the gorilla and insert a sasquatch.  Is this level of interaction with a bigfoot possible?  Could it be that extended video of this quality could remove the need of a type specimen (a dead one) to prove the species?  I think it's at least possible, and certainly worth a try.

People claim to have achieved this level of interaction with bigfoots, but so far these stories are just that: stories.  I suggest that to avoid the killing of a bigfoot, people who say they have this level of interaction should produce video of this quality or better.

I'm not saying, "Put up or shut up."  I'm saying that we should do this for them, the big guys.  There are already several groups actively pursuing the killing of a specimen.  One will eventually be successful.  Can those who take a more compassionate stance beat them to the punch?

Bigfoots are real.  The "discovery" of the species is inevitable.  Can we avoid killing one to prove they are real?  Not unless we try.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #6

The sixth footprint in the London Trackway is one of the best defined, as well as one of the prettiest due to the lovely fern seen by the fourth and fifth digits. The muddy substrate was well held-together by the organic material growing throughout the mud as can be seen in the daytime photo in the gallery at the bottom of the webpage linked below.

Click this link for more photos, including a comparison with the footprint of the Patterson/Gimlin Film subject.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Comparative Analysis of the Umatilla Calls

The spectogram of the Umatilla Calls

Bigfooting is a road that necessitates a wide knowledge base.  Though I often work alone, I also lean heavily on the experiences and expertise of others.  I am fortunate to have a very tight inner circle of colleagues that I consult with on a variety of matters.  One of these inner-circle colleagues has done an excellent analysis of the Umatilla Calls that were featured so heavily in the media recently.  This colleague is a biologist who chooses to remain anonymous at this time.  I will respect this wish.

Spoiler alert...  They're probably fox calls.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Come Bigfooting with Derek Randles and Me!

Derek and I doing what we love most: bigfooting.

There are still a couple spots left for the Olympic Project's first expedition. I will be presenting some nerdy bigfoot information on the trip, as well as hitting the woods at night to try to drum up some bigfoot action. Contact Derek Randles for more info at this address:

Finding Bigfoot Season Three - South Dakota Field Notes

Typical terrain on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The expedition to South Dakota really taught be a lot about how adaptable bigfoots can be. I had very few expectations as to what kind of terrain we would encounter on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, but when I got there I really was taken aback. Far from being the moist, cool, forested habitat one envisions when thinking about bigfoots, this part of South Dakota was harsh, dry, open fields with hardly any cover beyond brush and shrubs. On top of all of this, when we visited the location it was well over 100 degrees during the day. What was going on here, and how could bigfoots call this place home?

As it turns out, while many bigfoots are seen in the open areas described above, they do not hang out in such places very long. Bigfoots in this area seem to spend most of their time in the deep, narrow river valleys that wind through the reservation. They are seen out in the open as they cross the plains between these canyons under the cover of night, or sometime alongside roads as they snake besides the larger rivers.

Since all the tributaries that are at the bottom of these valleys empty into only a few larger rivers, these hidden valleys are all connected. Many have water flowing in them for most of the year, and all of them are thick with cover with plentiful food.