A leading expert on the myth and science behind the questionably-real simian creature Bigfoot is coming to the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus.
Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, is a researcher with a specialty in the emergence of bipedal motion in humans and simians. He’s also the author of Sasquatch: Legend meets Science, a book that looks at the Bigfoot myth with a scientific eye. Check out this NPR interview about the book, where Meldrum talks about a possible simian species that could have informed the legends of Sasquatch.
Meldrum will give a lecture and sign books at the Gallup campus from 4 to 6 p.m., Feb. 11. Self-reported eye witnesses and Bigfoot experts will also host a conversation about the creature from 10 to noon, Feb. 12. Meldrum will also be joined by Rob Kryder, a naturalist who claims to have seen Bigfoot.
New Mexico has had its share of Bigfoot sightings. A cable TV show suggested the perhaps-fictional creature was spotted in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico.
The event is free to attend, and registration isn’t required.