FOOT PRINTS


Introduction

    There is a lot more to foot prints than most people realize. When you study foot prints very closely there is a tremendous amount of information that can be obtained. Variations in toe positions, weight shifts, weight distribution, lift off, heel strike, stride, depth of impression, pressure ridges, all of these can be used to detect fakes and to gain information on the creature that made them. The information gained from bigfoot tracks indicates an anatomical structure that is very different from a human foot. A fallen arch, more evenly sized toes, a double ball, a shorter forepart and longer heel. A foot designed for a very heavy bipedal creature.
   When you consider a print that has made an impression 1 inch deep where as a 200 pound mans print only goes in 1/4 inch. The creature would be some where near 800 pounds (a very simplified estimate). Combine this with a step length of 4-6 feet and the many other subtle clues that indicate a flexible and anatomically functioning foot. In order to fake this a man would have to be running over rough terrain and large obstacles, while carring 600 pounds of weight and wearing a very mechanically sophisticated, and praticaly impossible to construct, pair of boots. These are not the only dificulties this man would have to over come. Bigfoot tracks are regularly found in very rugged and remote places that a hoaxer could not expect some one, just by chance, to find them. An impossible amount of effort for a hoaxer to go through considering the number of bigfoot tracks that have been found through out North America.



Prof. Grover Krantz seen here comparing a recontruction
of a Gigantopithecus Scull with a gorillas skull.
   Prof. Grover S. Krantz

With a doctoral degree in physical anthropology from the University of Minnesota and additional training from U.C. Berkeley, Professor Grover S. Krantz has become one of the formost researchers in the bigfoot field. Krantz became intersested in the bigfoot phenomenon in 1968. After examining the prints of the Bossburg cripple, and following up on other reports and speaking to eye witnesses, It didn't take him long to come to the conclusion that the creature did exist. While teaching at Washington State University, Krantz has spent alot of time researching bigfoot. The majority of his research has been done on the hundreds of foot print cast that he has collected over the years. With Professor Krantz's accademic credentials and exstencive study of the footprints, most researchers regard his work in the field with great respect.


The Bossburg Cripple


Bottom of feet.
(feet appear to be reversed)
   In December 1969 near the Columbia River in Bossburg Washington, researchers Rene Dehinden and Ivan Marx found 1089 tracks in the snow. The tracks crossed railroad tracks, a highway, up a steep hill, and stepped over a 43 inch fence. These tracks are unique as the right foot is deformed revealing the anatomical structure of the foot. Both Prof. Grover Krantz of Wahington State University and John Napier, a British primatologist, have studied these tracks and have come to the conclusion that they could not have been faked.

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Transcription of Dr. Krantz's apearance on Arthur C. Clarks Mysterious Universe. 1980
   This is a 17" track that was picked up in north eastern Washington state, and this is what is evidentally a crippled individual, because here we have two tracks of the same individual, you're looking at the bottom of the feet, and this right foot is crippled. It is distorted lenght wise, bent, missing one toe, and most critically the two buldges on the outside of the foot, they represent spaces between bones, and if this had been just a gigantic human foot, or some kind of fake like that, these buldges and these bone spaces should have been set farther back. The fact of where they are indicates that this is a foot designed with diferrent leverage; longer heal, shorter forepart. Which is exactaly what would have to be done to make a foot that would lift an 800 pound animal.

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Dermal Ridges


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   On the rare occasions prints have been found displaying dermal ridges, equivelent to finger prints. These patterns perserved in the cast of tracks are one of the most persuasive arguments in favor of the existence of Bigfoot. Officer Jimmy Chilcutt, a fingerprint expert, had been researching primate finger prints to find clues that would help him determine race gender and sex. His extensive study of primate fingerprints had made him one of only a few people in the world with knowledge of primate dermal ridges. Chilcutt was never a believer in bigfoot, and after watching a tv program where Jeff Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy at Idaho State University, was displaying a bigfoot casting showing dermal ridges, Chilcutt decided that he wanted to examine these prints in order to prove they were fake. After getting a hold of Meldrum and examining his collection he was quit surprised. Not only could he not dubunk the casts but he found that the dermal ridge patterns were unlike humans or apes. The patterns were very consitent throughout Meldrum's collection even though they were made by different indivduals at different times and found at different locations. Officer Jimmy Chilcutt now believes that there is an animal in the Pacific Northwest that we have never documented.

Officer Jimmy 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.

Jeff Meldrum, anatomy professor for Idaho State University, is an expert on primate anatomy who has a great interest in the bigfoot phenomenon. Meldrum has spent several years collecting casts of tracks and considering how the foot muscles and bones would act in a primate described as tall as 10 feet and weighing 1,000 pounds. As with Prof. Krantz, Meldrum has a good position to make a strong argument in favor of bigfoots existance through the study of its footprints.

These tracks display anatomical details that a would-be hoaxer would be unlikely to have a knowledge of. These tracks are not simply enlargements of human feet. Rather, they exhibit distinctions in proportion and anatomy that are consistent with the size and purported gait of the Sasquatch.
Prof. Jeff Meldrum


To view a resent report of Officer Chilcutt's examination of a bigfoot casting, click here!

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