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Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science [Hardcover]

Jeff Meldrum
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12 Dec 2006
In this landmark work on a subject too often dismissed as paranormal or disreputable, Jeff Meldrum gives us the first book on sasquatch to be written by a scientist with impeccable academic credentials, an objective look at the facts in a field mined with hoaxes and sensationalism. Meldrum reports on the work of a team of experts from a wide variety of fields who were assembled to examine the evidence for a large, yet undiscovered, North American primate. He reviews the long history of this mystery - which long predates the "bigfoot" flap of the late fifties - and explains all the scientific pros and cons in a clear and accessible style, amplified by over 150 illustrations. Anyone who has pondered the mysteries of human evolution will be fascinated and eager to join Dr. Meldrum in drawing their own conclusion.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Forge (12 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312167
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 19.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,343,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brings a much needed level of scientific analysis to the Sasquatch - or Bigfoot debate. Does Sasquatch exist? There are countless people in different parts of America who claim to have seen such a creature. And in many parts of the world I meet those who, in a matter-of-fact way, tell me of their encounters with large, bipedal, tail-less hominids. I think I have read every article and book about these creatures, and while most scientists are not satisfied with existing evidence, I have an open mind." - Jane Goodall, Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute."

About the Author

DR. JEFFREY MELDRUM is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent aproach 1 Oct 2006
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There seem to be pitifully few well qualified academics like Dr Meldrum who are prepared to put their reputations on the line and publish a serious work on this controversial subject, so it good to be able to confirm that this book about the sasquatch mystery is obviously the culmination of several years of intelligent and thorough research by somebody who has the training and experience to do it properly. He has quite correctly approached this matter with the right leavening of caution, while keeping a clear and receptive mind. His own experiences in the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, examining tracks and apparently coming close to these creatures, have obviously made an impression on him and provided the motivation to investigate and analyse the various aspects of their anatomy and behaviour. He is not afraid to launch a robust attack against those academics who dismiss the whole thing too easily. The result is an exciting work that raises expectations and the possibility that conclusive proof of the existence of these creatures might just around the corner. Living in the UK, I can only be an armchair enthusiast (although I am hoping to do some field research in North America soon) but I have no hesitation in recommending this work to any reasonably intelligent reader with an open mind and an interest in wildlife, and certainly all primatologists. If you do read it, when you have finished lend it to a sceptical friend. He or she might then appreciate why this is such an intriguing and potentially sensational subject, and one that perhaps does not deserve to be marginalised in the way it has been.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bigfoots' Devils' Advocate 30 Dec 2007
I have heard of and have been fascinated by this subject for years. I've also been very frustrated that there was a lack of respectable writing and research on this legend which, in my amateur view, possessed a ounce of credibility. I was very eager to read this book by the very educated and academic Jeff Meldrum hoping to come away with a definitive opinion on Bigfoot. I didn't.

The book is very well written and there are many many scientific arguments put across which the unscientific mind would find compelling. I do not have a scientific mind but a few negatives stand out.

Jeff Meldrum obviously believes in this ape and thus the book is very much geared towards persuading you it exists. I also notice that most of the experts that Meldrum quotes are members of the BigFoot Research Organisation and thus biased towards this legend.

Don't get me wrong. It's a great book, and puts across the history of the legend very well. It is certainly a good reference point to start from. That said, don't be fooled by the argument that Meldrum is stepping out on the line for this. How much money is there to be made as an Anthropologist compared to an Anthropologist who is claiming to have evidence for the existence of an undiscovered species. I suspect that actually Meldrum is doing quite well out of this.

Even my unscientific mind could find some flaws in his arguments which were sometimes a little blinkered. THAT SAID what Meldrum very respectfully does is put forward arguments as to why there should definately be an independant scientific research programme into this enigma. I for one would be very interested to know the out come. Last point! I'm not convinced the Patterson Bigfoot isn't a man in a suit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 17 Aug 2013
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Surprisingly readable for the layman. Meldrum is obviously a teacher as he can get his point across (mostly!) without getting bogged down in the technicalities which bedevil so many learned tomes.
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