Posted June 15, 2007
Dr. Jeff Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy and anthropology in the Idaho State University department of biological sciences, will have a book signing on June 16 in Idaho Falls.
Meldrum will sign “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” from 1 to 5 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Grand Teton Mall. He will conduct a brief seminar on his sasquatch research at 1 p.m.
The book has been well-received. There are 13,000 hardback copies in print and a paperback edition is scheduled for release in September.
Meldrum’s research into the possible existence of a North American ape, commonly known as Bigfoot or sasquatch, has been controversial. However, highly-reputable colleagues and professionals, including world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, have considered his research positively.
Goodall, best known for her pioneering studies of the Gombe chimpanzees, is a Dame of the British Empire. When Meldrum contacted her, requesting a prepublication review, she wrote in part, “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.”
While on a recent research trip to Northern California, Meldrum was Goodall’s guest at a presentation held at Humboldt State University.
Meldrum notes, “Jane is a premiere example of a number of reputable scholars and experts who are taking a serious look at this question – who are not saying they ‘believe’ in Bigfoot, but acknowledge the investigation of the question is fully justified and indeed long overdue.