It seemed like most of the about 50 people at the Triad Theater last Thursday either believed or wanted to believe.
Believe in what?
Bigfoot. Sasquatch. The “abominable snowmen of America.” Take your pick.
But for Idaho State University Professor Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D., who the spectators came to see, Bigfoot is a scientific mystery, not a matter of belief.
Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology and an expert on foot morphology and locomotion in primates, explained his approach to scientifically documenting the perhaps not-so-mythical creature most famously known as Bigfoot.
“One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in order to involve myself in a professional capacity is to translate the perception of this topic from the tabloid squarely into the realm of biological science,” Meldrum told the audience. “The approach I take as an anatomist and a physical anthropologist, is the fundamental question: Is there a species of large bipedal upright primate in North America behind the legend of sasquatch?”
Meldrum said that while his personal belief has no bearing in a scientific investigation into Bigfoot’s existence, the evidence he’s studied has left him convinced an unknown species of animal exists in North America.