Published: 11:33 AM - 04-30-11
Jeff Meldrum has a lot of clout behind his name. He is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University.
Meldrum is also Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Affiliate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.
He also is considered to be one of the leading experts in Bigfoot or Sasquatch research.
Meldrum recently revealed during a lecture at Idaho State University that his research has led him to believe that not only does the creature known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Skunk Ape, Yeren, not only exists, but that a population of 500 – 750 is presently co-existing with mankind.
He admitted that many people inside and outside of the scientific community may think it impossible that not only could the creature exist, but that so many could exist at this moment in time seemingly “right under our noses”. Unfortunately for the skeptics, every year hundreds and sometimes thousands of species of animals are discovered every year.
It’s believed by many that the creature has a level of intelligence that has taught it to avoid the violent and easily frightened human. This is even more believable when you research the number of supposed battles between the Pacific Northwest Native Americans and the creatures that were said to ‘raid’ their villages for food, livestock and sometimes even women.
Meldrum has created a lot of attention for himself in a positive and negative manner because of his statements but the zoologist stands his ground. The study of the cryptozoological creature remains a priority for him and he shows no signs of letting up any time soon. He was quoted as saying that he had no intentions of changing peoples’ minds, but simply opening their minds to at least consider the possibility.
Meanwhile, attendees of his lecture had varied responses. While some were still adamant that bigfoot didn’t exist, believers were excited and interestingly enough others said that they’re still not believers but they are more curious and more willing to consider the possiblity, which is all Meldrum said he wanted.
Meldrum received his B.S. in zoology specializing in vertebrate locomotion at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1982, his M.S. at BYU in 1984 and a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology, from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. He held the position of postdoctoral visiting assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center from 1989 to 1991. Meldrum worked at Northwestern University’s Department of Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology for a short while in 1993 before joining the faculty of Idaho State University where he currently teaches.
Meldrum has published several academic papers ranging from vertebrate evolutionary morphology, the emergence of bipedal locomotion in modern humans and Sasquatch and is a co-editor of a series of books on paleontology. Meldrum also coedited From Biped to Strider: The Emergence of Modern Human Walking with Charles E. Hilton.
Source & References: By ParaNikki
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