Excerpt from Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science:
Hair Sample Microscope Analysis
The first step in analyzing hair/fiber samples is microscope analysis -- not DNA analysis. DNA analysis is a time consuming, expensive process that should only be directed at hairs that have been been vetted via microscopy first. - Source: http://bfro.net/news/hair_gallery.asp
Wolf-Henrich (Henner) Fahrenbach, Ph.D., is widely considered to be adept in the identification of hair and, as of 1999, had accumulated a collection of over a dozen samples thought to be of sasquatch origin. - Source: http://www.northwestbigfoot.com/H--FAHRENBACH-STATS.html
Henner concludes that 10 samples in three states represent an unknown primate. - Source: http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/jeffm.htm
Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization Hair/Fiber Identification Galleries
Dr. Henner Fahrenbach had been receiving, analyzing and vetting hair/fiber samples for the BFRO for the past 12 years or so. He has graciously provided a comparitive microscope slide for reference (included in the linked album...). This sample from Fahrenbach was one of a few (among the many submitted) that he believes may be from a non-human primate. His conclusion in that regard considers a wide variety of factors... - Source: http://bfro.net/news/hair_gallery.asp
According to Fahrenback, the hallmark of Sasquatch hair is the absence of an unimportant innermost layer called the medulla. The medulla is often not present in some human hair and scientists has yet to determine the purpose of the medulla.
Fahrenback believes that human and sasquatch hair have considerable similarities, but there are some phylogenetical differences that makes sasquatch hair unique.
The innermost or center portion of the hair shaft is called the medulla. It is composed of round cells, two to five rows across. Thick or coarse hair usually contains a medulla. Fine hair for the most part lacks a medulla, as does naturally blond hair. The purpose of the medulla has not yet been determined
Microbiologist Dr. Kurt Nelson of the University of Minnesota, doing the testing states,"The scientific evidence at this point is suggesting that there really is an animal there." He further states, "I got DNA that was primate DNA and I knew that I might be looking at the DNA of a Sasquatch." The show states that there is only a one in 5000 chance that what he studied was human DNA. This being because, "It was determined that the DNA was 99.4% to 99.6% identical to human DNA. Chimpanzee DNA is 98.3% the same as human."
Find all the latest news on the search for Bigfoot DNA at:
11-12-2012 - Satellite with Latitude and Longitude of London Trackway - Source
As Finding Bigfoot's Cliff Barackman states on his site, "The London Trackway is a unique event in Bigfooting history." This series of 122 (not 120 as shown above) Bigfoot prints resulted in a record shattering 64 successive footprint casts being taken, the former record being 10 according to James "Bobo" Fay.
Print number 10 out of 122.
Barackman notes that:
Every bigfooter that has seen the casts have all walked away from inspecting them with the impression that these are probably the real deal. These bigfooters include Thom Powell, Guy Edwards, Toby Johnson, Joe Beelart, Autumn Williams, John Kirk, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Will Robinson, Derek Randles, Daniel Perez, Dr. John Bindernagel, Dr. Leila Hadj-Chikh, Larry Lund, James "Bobo" Fay, and more (some wish to remain anonymous). Several biologists that are not tied up in bigfoot have also examined them, and all have been very intrigued with what was observed.A ton of further history and ongoing research data can be found at Barackman's page dedicated to this historic find.
What if Hoaxers are Faking Bigfoot Tracks in More Sophisticated Ways Than Wooden Replicas?
The Skookum Cast
The photo above shows the cast after most of the mud was removed. Standing beside it at the initial examination outside Seattle, are (from left):
- Physical Anthropologist and author, Dr. Grover Krantz
- Journalist and author, John Green
- Wildlife Biologist and author, Dr. John Bindernagel
Primate Anatomist Dr. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University (shown below) directed the final cleaning of the cast. The remaining mud was removed in a careful, painstaking manner. Hairs of various animals, including one unidentified primate, were extracted from this final layer of mud.
- Source: http://www.bfro.net/news/bodycast/index.asp
Green Says Skookum Cast May Be ProofJohn Green, a career newspaperman in Canada, has been deeply involved in the the sasquatch investigation since before the first cast of a "Bigfoot" track was made in California in 1958. He is probably more familiar with the mass of evidence accumulated over the years than is any other individual. The following is what he has to say about the Skookum cast.
For more than 40 years I have held the opinion that science can not be convinced of the existence of sasquatches by anything less than physical remains. I have now changed my opinion. I think the Skookum cast can do it, provided that enough influential zoologosts, mammalogists, anatomists, primatologists, etc. will take a serious look at it.
I have had the privilege of being able to spend considerable time examining the cast on two occasions, once before much of the dirt was removed from it and once since, both times in the company of Dr. Grover Krantz and Dr. Jeff Meldrum among others.
On the first occasion dirt still hid most of the dermatoglyphics, the forearm imprint was still just a questionable dirt-covered hump, and estimates of the length of the body parts were largely guesswork. Even then all of the people present, five of whom held doctorates, agreed with the trio who found the imprint that the only thing that could have made it was a huge bipedal primate which had sat down in the mud and then turned on its side.
After that Jeff Meldrum spent several days carefully uncovering the details, revealing consistent hair patterns on all parts of the imprint, including the forearm, and large areas of clear dermal ridges where the heels had dug in.
Since no large creatures except primates have dermal ridges at all, there is no possibility that any animal other than a higher primate could have made the heel imprints. Each species of higher primate has a different pattern, and none has a heel this large. Further, Dr. Meldrum, who is a professor of anatomy, was able to determine the position of the joints for some of the limbs, establishing that the bones were 40 to 50 percent longer than those of a 6-foot human.
The evidence that this imprint was made by a very large, unknown, higher primate is, in my opinion, compelling. I would not anticipate that every qualified person who examines would come to the same conclusion, but I feel sure that the vast majority would have to, whatever their preconceptions.
"Found in a remote area of the Cascade Mountains known as Skookum Meadows, the BFRO team cast the imprint using more than 200 pounds of plaster. Named the 'Skookum Cast,' this monumental piece of Bigfoot evidence is shipped to a laboratory in Seattle for forensic analysis...
Part three of this Bigfoot Special takes us to Seattle where the "Skookum Cast" is tested by some of the worlds leading experts including Dr Jeff Meldrum from Idaho University. All agree this is one of the most significant pieces of Bigfoot physical evidence ever discovered... could we be a step closer to proving the existence of a North America giant ape?" - Source: http://www.bfro.net/news/bodycast/green_statement.asp
Dr. Grover Krantz stated that the nature of the creature’s deformed foot was such that if the prints were a fabrication then whoever made them had to have a superior knowledge of anatomy. Such knowledge, he reasoned, was far beyond that of nonprofessional people. Although the deformed foot appears to show just four toes, it is reasoned that one toe “pushed up” as a result of the deformity so did not touch the ground.
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Video and Photo Evidence
Highly Probable, Possible, Inconclusive, and Widely Rejected Sasquatch Videos and Photos
The following are some comments on this page, which used to house all of the info at the above two links as well.
"Wow man, that is a serious article on Big Foot. I don't, and may never really believe in it, until I see one in real life kind of like until I saw a UFO I didn't believe. But this is as close as it gets for me with evidence to making me almost believe." - Source: skywatcher »
"This is a GREAT idea. I have long wanted a website that showcases the best bigfoot evidence that has ever been found, while at the same time eliminating a lot of the garbage as well as the evidence that is highly inconclusive. But of course there is the problem of knowing which videos to include and whatnot..." - Source: - JiggyPotamus » http://bigfootforums.com/
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We hope you'll find the flexible criteria for inclusion of evidence we've established thus far to your liking. Again, let us know if not.
"Great idea of making this link and putting much of the evidence in one specific area. The one thing that you may consider adding is the statistical data on footprints, strides, and trackways made by Dr. Fahrenbach. I found one link to an outline of this data and will post it here.
Almost all evidence can be hoaxed or faked, but statistics are just data gathered and analyzed and to me are compelling especially the bell curve on footprints that shows a living and reproducing population based on distribution of footprints documented. Skeptics will argue garbage in, garbage out, but this is not what the data shows me. If it is something you and others think should be included, you should be able to find other references to it." - UPs
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