Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 25th, 2008
At Don Keating’s Ohio Bigfoot Conference last weekend, the M. K. Davis presentations on the Patterson-Gimlin footage and the furor caused in the wake of the “Patty was shot” theory were not all that happened there.
One presenter’s recent activities were overshadowed by the Davis “massacre theory.” That specifically was the news shared by Jeff Meldrum, Ph. D., who is a tenured Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University.
Jeff Meldrum is shown second from the left, last weekend in Ohio, along with other speakers at the Bigfoot conference, courtesy of the Daily Jeffersonian and also in the following photo, courtesy of Eric Altman/Henry May.
Meldrum had just returned from China, and here’s how the local Ohio paper captured what Meldrum said about that:
Dr. Jeff Meldrum presented his findings from a recent trip to China researching the Yeren, one Asian creature similar to Sasquatch, Bigfoot and the Yeti.
Meldrum said he spoke with witnesses to the Yeren in a rugged, mountainous and wet (as much as 870 inches rainfall annually) interior region of the country. He accompanied the director of an amateur research group and was able to examine two superb plaster casts of tracks. The tracks, he said, showed the effects of a stride by a creature with a foot physiology different from that of a human. This type of stride can be seen in the Patterson-Gimlin film, further substantiating claims that the creature cannot simply be a human actor in a suit.
(Source: “Expert: ‘Bigfoot’ film not a hoax,” by Dan Davis, The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio, Monday, May 19th, 2008.)
Henry May also summarized what Meldrum said, and here’s a brief part of what May writes, specifically on the Asian trip:
He has just returned from China for filming an episode of Monsterquest to investigate the Yeren. The origins of Bigfoot were discussed, as to whether it is Gigantopithecus or not (Meldrum says it is at least a strong candidate). Dr. Meldrum hooked up with Xio Xu Xiang [sic, it really was Zhou Gouxing - LC] to research the Yeren, which lives in the Hubai and Shennogjia Provinces….According to Dr. Xiang, the Wildman is not the same as Sasquatch so far as size (it is a little shorter, ala Orang Pendek)….Dr. Xiang is not convinced that the Yeren and Giganto are the same thing, and the official position of the scientific community is cool and somewhat nonchalant. Meldrum showed a slide of a Chinese footprint cast which resembles a cast made in Washington State by Paul Freeman. Henry May
Adam Davies is shown, above, with a 2004 cast of an Orang Pendek track.
Also along on that excursion with Meldrum to China was cryptozoologist Adam Davies, who actually was behind firming up the “Monster Quest” funding for the trip. Davies is the author of a new book (below) on his past trips in search of cryptids. Besides the tome being filled with his funny and interesting insights on daring creature encounters, drinking, and dating, Davies details his remarkable fiscal penny-pinching and travel packages to extend his global adventures. Extreme Expeditions is highly recommended reading for world travelers of the cryptozoological kind or anyone interested in sharing such treks from the comfort of your home.
Extreme Expeditions: Travel Adventures Stalking the World’s Mystery Animals by Adam Davies (NY: Anomalist Books, 2008).
Davies feels that he and Meldrum brought back good news from their efforts in search of the Yeren.
The evidence from the sightings of the Yeren generally speaks of two types of unknown hominoids being reported – one might be a relict population of orangutan and the other a form of Sasquatch found in Asia – as shown in the diversity of drawings of the Yeren.
Davies returned from China with some new thoughts on what he found going on there. He told me that he had used my and Patrick Huyghe’s field guide and its Harry Trumbore drawings (see at bottom) with eyewitnesses, to determine what was being seen.
He wrote: “Yours and Patrick’s book was very useful indeed.”
Other physical evidence was gathered, as well, including the casts Meldrum mentioned, and hair samples.
Adam Davies shown during his documentary film trip seeking Almas in Mongolia.
Davies emailed me, expressing caution because of the documentary television contract he has to honor, but did share this:
The trip was “highly successful” but I am unable to say anymore until the evidence we found is properly analysed. We still are awaiting the results of hair samples.
My view before I went was that Yeren was most likely to be an archaic species of Orang-utan. However, I tend to be much more general now and say it is bipedal, it is an unknown very large primate, but beyond that I cannot say.
Dr. Meldrum was very specific on camera; there was no doubt at all. He much linked it to Sasquatch, and talked about similarities between the two.
I’m looking forward to the other tests, but they will take at least a month to come out.
Harry Trumbore’s drawing (directly above) of the Chinese Yeren in The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates (page 131, 2006) shows the creature as much more anthropoid than in most contemporary renderings, illustrating one version of the recent sightings.