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Jeff Meldrum is one of few academics who openly researches cryptids. An associate professor of anatomy and anthropology, Meldrum has been teaching at Idaho State University for 15 years.
His lab at the university boasts more than two hundred casts of bigfoot footprints.
A bonus feature on the Chasing Discovery DVD features a tour through Meldrum’s lab. Though he does not label himself a cryptozoologist, Meldrum has nonetheless been burdened with criticism and skepticism from his peers due to his pursuit of the question of the existence of Sasquatch.
Colleagues of Meldrum have been vocal in their disdain for his work. One professor called Meldrum’s research “a joke.”
“Unless I was really convinced of the merit of this endeavor, I wouldn’t take all the grief, and frustration that I have,” Meldrum said.
His 2006 book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” received endorsements from dozens of respected biologists and anthropologists, including Dr. Jane Goodall, who wrote that Meldrum’s book “brings a much needed level of scientific analysis to the Sasquatch – or Bigfoot – debate.”
He has appeared in numerous documentaries and television series dealing with Sasquatch and other aspects of cryptozoology and recently started the North American Ape Project, which is devoted to researching the existence of great apes in the wilderness of North America.