John Bindernagel Bringing Science To The Search For Sasquatch

Seventy year old wildlife biologist Dr. John Bindernagel feels it is only a matter of time before undeniable evidence of the existence of sasquatch is found, but will he be alive to see it happen?

His new book, The Discovery of the Sasquatch: Reconciling Culture, History, and Science in the Discovery Process discusses the scientific community’s attitude towards his research and as well big foot its self, chronicling the long history of reported sightings, dating back to the 1800s and even before.

His previous book, published in 1998, North America’s Great Ape: the Sasquatch, approached sasquatch from a very ‘nuts and bolts’ angle, suggesting that big foot was simple an undiscovered species. This was not welcome by the scientific community and Bindernagel found himself shunned by his colleagues.

“In my first book, I described the anatomy and behaviour of Sasquatch. And there was no scientific discussion of that book at all. After about three years, I realized…the problem is I had described the anatomy and behaviour of an animal not yet discovered.”

While taking a ‘nuts and bolts’ approach, maybe its Bindernagel’s mention of the paranormal that has turned off his colleagues. In this article, The Sasquatch: An Unwelcome and Premature Zoological Discovery?, Bindernagel nails it on the head.

An inevitable result of the sasquatch being ignored by scientists and explained
instead by non-scientists is the raising of wildly conjectural explanations as
serious proposals. Such explanations occasionally include associations with
UFOs, visitors from another dimension, and ‘shape-shifters’. The tabloid and
mainstream media have exploited these more bizarre explanations to further
increase an atmosphere of levity and ridicule around the subject. As a result,
scientists have (understandably) distanced themselves even further

While its easy to blame the media for its treatment of the paranormal, I would venture to throw it back on the scientific community to not shun a fellow scientist for researching ‘out of the box’ a bit.

Check out Dr. John Bindernagel’s website

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