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Sasquatch Field Guideby Jeff Meldrum
Synopses & Reviews
Credible witnesses cite encounters with large man-like creatures, or their sign, in North American forests. The "wildman of the woods" is portrayed in tribal art and oral traditions. For many, the sasquatch are part of the natural and cultural landscape — a rare, reclusive, non-confrontational species of primate. This guide will aid in distinguishing the telltale signs of sasquatch from those of common wildlife. It will instruct in the proper identification, documentation, collection, and preservation of evidence — and will advise whom to contact to report evidence of a sasquatch encounter.
"Finally, a concise and well-written field guide has been published to help the bigfoot field investigator document various types of evidence in an appropriate way. Dr. Jeff Meldrum has put together a field guide on heavy-duty, waterproof card stock that literally fits in your back pocket or backpack, adding little weight to those ounce-sensitive backpackers with an interest in collecting data from the backcountry. Seemingly thinking of everything, Dr. Meldrum has even included a ruler along the top margin of the Guide so the researcher will always have a scale item for any photos taken in the woods. The Sasquatch Field Guide not only helps researchers with identifying possible spoor left by bigfoots, but it also helps him or her reduce the possibility of misidentifying signs of other animals for those of sasquatches. Also included in the Field Guide are easy-to-understand directions on how to gather and store data in the field in preparation for future analysis. The Guide uses colors and diagrams making it easy to read and understand, which could be the difference between successfully gathering data and blowing it when under the pressure of dealing with the real thing out in the field. Sections in the Sasquatch Field Guide include information on visual identification, footprint identification, track casting, gathering footprint metrics, hair samples, scat samples, tree breaks, nests, cultural signs, stacked rocks, habitat and distribution, diet, vocalizations, possible origins, and taphonomy. This hefty brochure-style guide is densely-packed with valuable information that all field researchers should be intimately acquainted with." Cliff Barackman, producer of Finding Bigfoot.
About the Author
Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. Meldrum is an expert on foot morphology and locomotion in primates. He is the author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science.
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