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Sasquatch, Legend meets Science by Jeff Meldrum

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:57 pm
by aaq
Just finished reading this. I believe it was published in 2006.

It's very good. Goes through some initial encounters and then gets fairly dry, but the evidence presented is pretty compelling

Goes through footprints, hair, talks about hoaxers, Paterson footage (lots of analysis about limb proportions, gait, film speed, height interpretations, etc), comparisons to chimps, apes, hands (aligned thumb rather than rotated thumb like humans = explains why they aren't tool users). Talks about migration out of Asia.

It's a pretty good body of evidence, but is very scientific and dry.

A couple of standouts for me-
Where the big toe is turned inwards away from the other toes, this appears to indicate they are looking back at this point. This was noted in a few places, including Paterson footage, and some footprints found near a road.

They talked about chimps leaving signs as they moved through areas looking for food, to let others behind them know. This stood out for me because of what Dean and others have noticed around Springbrook. Where the ground will hold footprints, they are aware that they leave footprints to allow those behind to follow. Where the ground won't take prints, chimps drive sticks into the ground 8" or so, so that the chimps behind can follow.

So, in Springbrook, are these sticks for other yowie to follow? Rather than territory, are they trails of food or trails to move through areas?

Re: Sasquatch, Legend meets Science by Jeff Meldrum

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:15 pm
by Grantly
I've just started that book (audio for me) So far it's really good and Dr Meldrum seems very genuine. I remember seeing him in a documentary with the guy running around in a ghillie suit who seemed a bit off. You could see Dr Meldrum was a bit uncomfortable around that guy, he's more about the scientific method which is interesting but isn't sensational, so yeah it can get a bit dry.

Re: Sasquatch, Legend meets Science by Jeff Meldrum

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:58 pm
by aaq
I've perhaps ruined some parts of the book for you, but I loved the footprint analysis, the chimps trailing each other (I just thought of sticks in Springbrook) and all the analysis of the Paterson footage.