Once upon a time there was a academic professor that held the Bigfoot community's hopes and dreams in his hands. As of recent events many people are not sure just what can be trusted coming from the camp of Dr. Don Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University. One day he is the savoir and the next he is broadcasting with known hoaxers asking us all to believe in the newest magic of Todd Standing but we the people did not bite.
Today with the release of this newest study of alleged Sasquatch footprint release from the good professor has many interesting statements in it and I for one WANT to trust what he says. In fact with this being his area of expertise one would think it should be solid information while others say he's been fooled before by fake prints if he can't identify those what is the point?
I wonder out loud a lot in hopes that these professionals will wake up and see what is going on around them and not just point the finger elsewhere but that is likely never to happen. With all of that said I took a peak at his latest offers from the ISU website and still think there is a long way to go...
Human walking is characterized by an extended stiff-legged striding gait with distinct heel-strike and toe-off phases. Bending stresses in the digits are held low by selection for relatively short toes that participate in propulsion at the sacrifice of prehension. Efficiency and economy of muscle action during distance walking and running are maximized by reduced mobility in the tarsal joints, a fixed longitudinal arch, elastic storage in the well developed calcaneal tendon, plantar aponeurosis and deep plantar ligaments of the foot.
In contrast, the Sasquatch appear to have adapted to bipedal locomotion by employing a compliant gait on a flat flexible foot. A degree of prehensile capability has been retained in the digits by maintaining the uncoupling of the propulsive function of the hindoot from the forefoot via the midtarsal break. Digits are spared the peak forces of toe-off due to the compliant gait with its extended period of double support. This would be a efficient strategy for negotiating the steep, broken terrain of the dense montane forests of the Pacific and Intermountain West, especially for a bipedal hominoid of considerable body mass, The dynamic signatures of this adaptive pattern of gait are generally evident in the footprints examined in this study."
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