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Think about this... as the earliest pioneers moved from the east coast to the west coast, some of the first (non-native) recorded sightings of Bigfoot were right here in the Ozarks. It's true! While Bigfoot is mostly associated with the Pacific northwest, the history of Bigfoot in the Ozarks is rich. We are passionate about our Ozarks heritage and we are also interested in Cryptozoology, which is the study of hidden animals. The field of Bigfoot research is growing quickly. With more scientists starting to accept the probability of a primate in North America, now is a great time for our research of folklore and historical accounts to be put to the test with modern evidence and research techniques.
The 1967 Patterson film
What is Cryptozoology? Hidden animals with which cryptozoology is concerned, are by definition very incompletely known. To gain more credence, they have to be documented as carefully and exhaustively as possible by a search through the most diverse fields of knowledge. Cryptozoological research thus requires not only a thorough grasp of most of the zoological sciences, including, of course physical anthropology, but also a certain training in such extraneous branches of knowledge as mythology, linguistics, archaeology and history. It will consequently be conducted more extensively in libraries, newspaper morgues, regional archives, museums, art galleries, laboratories, and zoological parks rather than in the field.
Cryptozoology targets ethnoknown species. These are alleged animals with enough salience (observable characteristics) to be recognized as something distinctive or unknown, either by a native people group, or chance eyewitnesses. In some cases, a cryptid may be well-known, or may only have been reported a handful of times. Nearly 18,000 species that were newly discovered last year.Scientists estimate that there are 10 million species that still haven't been identified, five times the number that have already been named.
We are an independent group researching the folklore and history of Bigfoot in the Ozarks, while filming a documentary of our research and findings. We have over 20 years of Bigfoot research and folklore research experience. We employ all of the latest high tech equipment as well as proven investigation and scientific techniques. We will post video webisodes of our documentary throughout the process for your enjoyment (and amusement). We hope to have the documentary completed by Fall 2015. Stay tuned...
While we take our project and research very seriously, we are light-hearted people who like to have fun.Our videos are of us just being ourselves and just doing what we do. We make no apologies for being humorous and sometimes inappropriate. We find that most Bigfoot researchers are a tad...stuffed up. And that the TV shows are edited so that everyone looks and sounds so "experty".
It's our contention that since NOBODY has EVER had a "Bigfoots in the mist" experience with the big dude, "expert" is a relative term. We also don't believe every broken branch and every pile of crap is a "squatch". Additionally, we don't believe everyone is honest with their "experiences". That doesn't mean we don't believe Bigfoot can't be real ...we just need to maintain a healthy skepticism for research purposes. But in keeping with our commitment of full disclosure of any bias the team may have, we HAVE had experiences in the group that we cannot explain. These experiences have left us with about three options... either believing we are crazy (which very well may be the case) or that we have seen and heard things that we cannot reconcile, OR that Bigfoot exists. It's kinda like being THAT guy who sees a ghost (if there are such things). You cannot unring that bell. But then you are still THAT guy who saw bigfoot... as sure as I see this keyboard i'm typing on. Anyways, that's our full disclosure.
Our goal is to use historical accounts of Bigfoot encounters as well as modern day sightings and the latest scientific research being done all over the world, to find any credible connection to prove or disprove the legend of Bigfoot in the Ozarks. Our research techniques involve careful study of historical accounts as well as witness interviews and conducting field expeditions into areas that have reported sightings. Our hope is to connect the past with the present and to chronicle the comprehensive history of Bigfoot in the Ozarks. If you have any folkloric accounts, historical documentation or recent encounters with a possible Bigfoot please contact us. We would love to have the people of the Ozarks share in preserving and telling our History. Click HERE to go to our contact page.
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So Speaking of "Experty" people who truly ARE experts, what do they think about Bigfoot?
Dr. Jane Goodall - is the world's leading primatologist and chimpanzee expert. When asked On September 27, 2002, during National Public Radio's (NPR) Talk of the Nation: Science Friday , Dr. Jane Goodall made a striking comment on her strong beliefs that large "undiscovered" primates, such as the Bigfoot or Sasquatch, do indeed exist.
Dr. Jane Goodall
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This is what she said: " I'm sure that they exist. I've talked to so many Native Americans who all describe the same sounds, two who have seen them. I've probably got about, oh, thirty books that have come from different parts of the world, from China, from all over the place, and there was a little tiny snippet in the newspaper just last week which says that British scientists have found what they believed to be a yeti hair and that the scientists in the Natural History Museum in London couldn't identify it as any known animal." - Dr. Jane Goodall
Dr. Jeff Meldrum - is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology. Meldrum is also Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Affiliate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Meldrum is an expert on foot morphology and locomotion in primates. Meldrum said he started researching Sasquatch 14 years ago when he found a fresh footprint in southeastern Washington. “That was what set the hook as far as embarking on a more systematic and focused consideration of the question from a research perspective.”
Billy, Founder of Ozarks Bigfoot (many years and many pounds ago) with Dr. Jeff Meldrum
Watch the videoHe has been featured on the History Channel, the SyFy Channel and National Public Radio. Meldrum also said the case of Sasquatch is particularly interesting to him because his background is in the evolution of human locomotion. He said, “The proposition of another biped – perhaps an early hominid or an ape – that had evolved the same bipedal adaptation as humans is an intriguing question. “I was already familiar with footprint evidence for early humans walking, so I recognized features and possibilities attributed to Sasquatch. “I thought I could make a significant contribution to the resolution to this issue from the perspective of systematic evaluation of footprint evidence because I’m very familiar with that type of data."
Jimmy Chilcutt - is an expert Forensic Examiner and fingerprint expert. He is not someone most people would associate with the kind of wild, unsubstantiated stories that show up in supermarket tabloids. Chilcutt is highly regarded by agents of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and state and local law enforcement agencies because of his innovative techniques and ability to find fingerprints where others fail.
Chilcutt's quest to squeeze more information out of fingerprints led him to develop a rare expertise in non-human primate prints. He tried to use his special knowledge to debunk alleged evidence of Bigfoot. But his examination of alleged Bigfoot footprint castings didn't lead to the conclusion he had expected. He now believes that -- while most of them are fakes -- some are the genuine prints of a reclusive animal that has yet to be documented and studied.
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Chilcutt pointed to what he calls the “pattern flow” of the dermal ridges on a Bigfoot footprint cast, explaining they were not human nor primate but from “a species in itself.” Furthermore, he says, “whichever you call it-Bigfoot or Sasquatch-from this dermal-ridge evidence, I can tell there is an unknown animal in the Pacific Northwest.”
“I've come to the following solid conclusions,” he says. “Number one: there is a great ape living in North America, and number two: the friction ridges of this great ape are not human or of a known species. This conclusion may come as a shock to some people, but I stake my reputation on it.”
Survivorman Les Stroud - In the first episode of this 2-part special, Les finds himself in a remote track of forested land in Alberta, Canada, a renowned Bigfoot hot spot. Inundated by requests from fans to uncover the truth about Bigfoot since revealing his own possible Bigfoot encounter while shooting Survivorman in Alaska in 2009, Les seeks to uncover the truth about this elusive and quite possibly fictitious creature. Enlisting the help of Bigfoot expert Todd Standing, Les goes in as a skeptic, debunking myths and exploring the possibility of purposely broken trees and structures made in ways that seem highly unlikely to be made by natural causes.
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Les makes camp in bowl-like topography to give the beasts of the wilderness the high ground. Armed with nothing more than a camera, belt knife and extreme night-vision cameras, Les is quickly plunged into a dangerous survival situation where long nights spent alone in Bigfoot territory could mean death by mountain lion…or worse.
Dr. Dmitri Donskoy
Dr. Dmitri Donskoy - A formal academic study of the Patterson film was conducted by Dmitri Donskoy, Chief of the Dept. of Biomechanics at the USSR Central Institute of Physical Culture, and later associated with Moscow's Darwin Museum.
Donskoy concluded the creature was non-human on the basis of its weight, and especially its gait, which Donskoy judged would be difficult, if not impossible, for a human to replicate. He inferred the film's subject was weighty from the ponderous momentum he observed in the movements of its arms and legs, in the sagging of the knee as weight came onto it, and in the flatness of the foot. Its gait he considered non-artificial because it was confident and unwavering, "neatly expressive," and well-coordinated, and yet non-human because its arm motion and glide resembled a cross-country skier's. Krantz describes Donskoy's conclusion as being that the film depicts "a very massive animal that is definitely not a human being."
Grover Krantz - Professor of physical anthropology at Washington State UniversityAnthropologist Grover Krantz offered an in-depth examination of the Patterson film. He concluded that the film depicts a genuine unknown creature. Primarily, Krantz' argument is based on a detailed analysis of the figure's stride, center of gravity, and biomechanics. Krantz argues that the creature's leg and foot motions are quite different from a human's and could not have been duplicated by a person wearing a gorilla suit.
Krantz pointed out the tremendous width of the creature's shoulders, which (after deducting 1" for hair) he estimated at 28.2 inches, or 35.1% of its full standing height of 78", or a higher percentage of its 72" "walking height," which was a bit stooped, crouched, and sunk into the sand. The creature's shoulders are almost 50% wider than the human mean. (For comparison, André the Giant had a typical human ratio of 24%. Only very rarely do humans have a shoulder breadth of 30%.) Krantz argued that a suited person could not mimic this breadth and still have the naturalistic hand and arm motions present on the film.
Krantz wrote, "the knee is regularly bent more than 90°, while the human leg bends less than 70°." No human has yet replicated this level lower leg lift while maintaining the smoothness, posture, and stride length (41") of the creature.
Krantz and others have noted natural-looking musculature visible as the creature moved, arguing this would be highly difficult or impossible to fake. Hunter and Dahinden also note that "the bottom of the figure's head seems to become part of the heavy back and shoulder muscles... [and] the muscles of the buttocks were distinct"
Krantz also interviewed Patterson extensively and, as noted below, thought Patterson lacked the technical skill and knowledge needed to create such a realistic-looking costume.
Krantz reports that in 1969, John Green (who at one point owned a first-generation copy of the original Patterson film) interviewed Disney executive Ken Peterson, who, after viewing the Patterson film, asserted "that their technicians would not be able to duplicate the film." Krantz argues that if Disney personnel were unable to duplicate the film, there is little likelihood that Patterson could have done so.
So, with all of these "experts" saying it is probable that Bigfoot exists, along with all of the historical and folklore evidence of Bigfoot in the Ozarks...we want to know what is fact and what is fiction.
Here is what we DO know...
~ For hundreds of years, in North America, people have had encounters with a creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot. This phenomenon can no longer be dismissed as urban legend or myth.
~ There have been tens of thousands of sightings by credible people with nothing to gain from sharing their experience. In fact they are often dismissed or ridiculed and a large number of legitimate sightings go unreported for just that reason. The list of people that have had a Bigfoot experience come from all walks of life and occupations. Including law enforcement, state and federal workers, doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, fish and wildlife, mechanics and farmers. Even a President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, writes about an encounter with a Bigfoot in his hunting diaries.
~ Footprint casts with dermal ridges, have been authenticated by leading primatologists and fingerprint experts as an "unknown primate ." Dermal ridges are as precise as fingerprints.
~ Sound recordings of possible Bigfoot vocalizations, analyzed by leading wildlife experts and sound engineers, have been classified as an "unknown animal ."
~ The 1967 Patterson film showing Bigfoot running through a dry riverbed has never been discredited. It has been studied and dissected more than just about any other film except for the Zapruder film. In fact, the North American Science Institutes (NASI) forensic examiners studied the film for 3 years and concluded " It could not be demonstrated to be a forgery ."
Our mission is to research and preserve the historical accounts of Bigfoot in the Ozarks. We combine the history and folklore with modern day evidence and conduct credible, scientific research of Bigfoot. We believe it's possible that Bigfoot exists but we also need proof. We will go where the evidence takes us.
The most plausible theory (if Bigfoot is proven to exist) is that Bigfoot is a surviving relative of Gigantos. Gigantopithecus Blacki appeared in the fossil record about 6.3 million years ago and thrived in Southeast Asia for five and half million years. Gigantos were approximately 10 feet tall and weighed around 1,200 pounds - 2 to 3 times larger than gorillas. Although its closest living relatives are the orangutans, many credible cryptozoologists believe that a race of Gigantopithecines are the legendary primates known in various geographic locations as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeren or Yeti.... We believe this is a credible theory.
Intelligent, fair-minded people look at all the facts before drawing conclusions. Take some time and look at the body of evidence that exists today, as well as the qualified researchers currently studying the Bigfoot phenomenon. That's what we're doin. The search is on!
“Either the most complex and sophisticated hoax in the history of Anthropology has continued for centuries without being exposed or the most manlike and largest non human primate has managed to survive in parts of North America and remains undiscovered by modern science.” - Prof G.W.Gill - President of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology
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