When research on gorillas is mentioned, Jane Goodall’s name invariably comes up. When Sasquatch is discussed, it’s Dr. Meldrum’s name that starts circulating.
After graduating with a bachelor’s in zoology from Brigham Young University, Dr. Meldrum went on to earn a master’s and a doctorate in anatomical science, specializing in biological anthropology. He has since become a reputable source on foot morphing in creatures, coediting the book From Biped to Strider: The Emergence of Modern Human Walking. He has been published in six journals and coedited over a dozen publications. Dr. Meldrum currently teaches biology and anthropology at Idaho State University, where he has been on the faculty for 18 years. He has also distinguished himself as a “cryptozoologist”, one who studies animals not yet recognized by science.
“[Dr. Meldrum is the] Only man on the planet worth of the title of Cryptozoologist,” says Danny Stewart, an adjunct professor of Humanities/Philosophy at UVU and an avid follower of Dr. Meldrum. “[If] Biology was doing their job, there wouldn’t be a need for the word cryptozoology, there would just be zoology.”
Both scholars have faced ridicule in the academic world for their beliefs in creatures such as Yeti, Sasquatch, and other bipedal animals unrecognized by science. Meldrum stresses that these creatures should not be considered monsters.
“The word ‘monster’ is destroying the chance of discovery of these creatures,” says Stewart.
Myth, legend and controversy surround the questioned existence of creatures such as Bigfoot. While many believe that animals such as these exist, the lack of information available or scientists’ ability to observe them leaves many in doubt.
Dr. Meldrum will be signing books on Nov. 11, from 5-6 p.m. in LI120. He will present his research and field questions from 6-8 p.m.
By Nathan Evans – Asst. News Editor