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ISU professor Meldrum has book signing in Idaho Falls

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.