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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312167
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jeff Meldrum's book 'Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science' brings a much needed level of scientific analysis to the Sasquatch - or Bigfoot - debate. Does Sasquatch exist? There are countless people - especially indigenous 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 every book about these creatures, and while most scientists are not satisfied with existing evidence, I have an open mind."
--Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE UN Messenger of Peace & Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute

"Jeff Meldrum is a scientist, an expert in human locomotor adaptations. In Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science he examines all evidence critically, not to force a conclusion, but to establish a baseline of facts upon which further research can depend. His science is not submerged by opinion and dogmatic assumption. With objectivity and insight he analyzes evidence from tracks, skin ridges on the soles of feet, film footage, and DNA, and he compares it to that on primates and various other species. He disentangles fact from anecdote, supposition, and wishful thinking, and concludes that the search for yeti and sasquatch is a valid scientific endeavor. By offering a critical scrutiny, Sasquatch does more for this field of investigation than all the past arguments and polemics of contesting experts." --Dr. George Schaller, Vice-President of the Wildlife Conservation



"Jeff Meldrum's book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science brings a much needed level of scientific analysis to the Sasquatch-or Bigfoot-debate."
(Dr. Jane Goodall)

"Sasquatch does more for this field of investigation than all the past arguments and polemics of contesting experts."
(Dr. George Schaller, Vice-President of the Wildlife Conservation)

About the Author

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

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If you don't believe in Bigfoot you will after reading this book.
Bandyman
Dr. Meldrum has done a wonderful job with his book, and for anyone interested in the subject of Bigfoot I highly recommend it!
William Jevning
Dr. Meldrum is to be commended for writing this book(as well as for researching a subject sneered at by mainstream science).
Silver Hawk

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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thorbury on November 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first learned about "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science" on November 10 of this year, when I was sitting in my car listening to NPR's "Talk of the Nation/Science Friday". They had a guy on named Jeff Meldrum, who was talking about Sasquatch sightings. He sounded very knowledgeable and intelligent -- oh, and he had a new book out. Intrigued, I sought it out at the local Borders store. It was, I think, a very good sign that it was in the "Science/Biology" section, rather than the "Paranormal" section sandwiched in between "Crop Circles" and "UFOs".

Now, most of us have probably heard tales of Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, from childhood onward. It's part of American folklore. I think subconsciously I'd always kind of associated Bigfoot sightings with ridiculously gullible people who might also claim to have seen Elvis at the local shopping mall. Steven Spielberg poked fun at this in one scene of his classic film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".

But a funny thing happened as I dug into the book, a nice, sturdy hardcover tome suitable for reading while propped up in bed. I learned that a wide variety of people have seen signs of something big and mysterious in the woods of North America. These are experienced backwoodsmen, hunters, trackers, naturalists and primatologists. Sightings by settlers go back to the mid 1800's. Even Jane Goodall, a world-renowned export on apes, was persuaded by the evidence she'd examined. It would seem that, whatever Sasquatch may turn out to be, it's no joke.

Without repeating the entire book, I will instead list some of the big questions and observations that are made or raised therein.

o The chapter on Cryptozoology discusses various "unknown" creatures which may exist around the world.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By H.M. 2005 on September 23, 2006
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It took me only 3 1/2 days to finish this book, the third-most important Sasquatch book to have in your collection (followed closely by "Meet The Sasquatch" and "Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us"). Meldrum covers so many topics that were covered in the TV special that preceded this handsome volume, but the book goes beyond the TV special. Meldrum discusses the Ray Wallace fiasco, the Patterson/Gimlin Film (with an exclusive interview with Bob Gimlin), video footage, footprint morphology and dermatoglyphics, bear/Sasquatch misidentifications, Great Ape behavior and its parallels to Sasquatch behavior, statistical data and information and several other different topics. I would say if you only buy one Sasquatch book this year, make it this one. It's terrific, well-written and scholarly and sober. Would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for the skeptic in your family or circle of friends.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schubbe on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Jeff Meldrum has done an outstanding job with this latest book on the mystery of sasquatch.

Written partly to be a companion to the documentary "Sasquatch - Legend Meets Science," this book has the latest up-to-date material to tantalize the skeptics and the believers alike.

Included are many unique photos, along with the most recent scientific findings and discoveries made to date of this elusive creature.

Thanks Dr. Meldrum, for giving us a new favorite book on the subject!

-Scott Schubbe, SRI & AIBR
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Sasquatch Odor on January 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jeff Meldrum wrote this book. That's all you need to know. The only real scientist in America with the fortitude to wave his proverbial middle finger at all the alleged "real scientists" who never separate their left and right butt cheeks from their comfortable leather-upholstered chairs of academia.

What this book is: A true scientific approach to presenting the case FOR the existence of a North American bipedal ape.

What this book is not: A listing of countless sightings.

I do have to respond to the moron who gave Meldrum's book one star. Dude, this IS real science. It's about getting out there and investigating what people are telling you they are seeing. If you are a scientist and you're simply going to wait for John Doe to walk into your office with the bigfoot body before you start investigating, then you should be stripped of your credentials.

For those of you interested in taking the bigfoot phenomenon to the next level, there is no getting around it...buy the book, read it, and then frame it on the wall of your front entryway.

Feeling really revolutionary? By several copies and give them to friends and libraries. If today's academia refuses to conduct real science, we're going to have to do it for them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on August 22, 2007
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So...

Does Sasquatch exist? If not, why not? If so, what evidence supports your claim?

Author Jeff Meldrum throws the gauntlet with Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. His background as a specialist in vertebrate locomotion serves him well in studying a creature whose existence depends more on plaster casts of tracks than any other source.

Is this tale worth any serious time, from any serious scholar?

""It seems that the majority of scientists are content to remain aloof, trivialize the probability of new discovery, or presume to discredit the witnesses and the evidence, leaving to others the search for the proof, the definitive type specimen. They passively challenge, 'Show me the body'" (p. 44).

"It is one thing to casually dismiss a report from the security and comfort of one's armchair. It is quite another thing to look into the face of an experienced outdoorsman and tell him he is mistaken or worse yet, a liar. It is yet another matter, a betrayal of scientific principles, to decline to examine and consider the evidence because after all, such creatures as the sasquatch 'cannot exist, therefore they do not exist,' so why be bothered with questionable 'evidence.' And yet, such is the atmosphere that has prevailed in scientific circles" (p. 52).

"Whatever the Wallaces' [re: Ray Wallace, who said he was behind the Sasquatch hoax in the infamous Patterson film] motivation, the story provides the armchair skeptic with a simplistic explanation for a complex and vexing phenomenon.
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