January 20, 2006

Biography of Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Associate Professor Ph.D. , SUNY at Stony Brook, 1989 Anatomy, Evolutionary Morphology, Primatology, Paleontology

Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy & anthropology at Idaho State University and affiliate curator at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. His formal study of primates began with doctoral research on terrestrial adaptations in African primates, and has since taken him from the dusty skeletal cabinets of far-flung museums to the remote badlands of Colombia and Argentina in search of fossil New World primates. He has published extensively on the evolutionary history of the South American primates and has described several new extinct species. He has documented varied primate locomotor specializations in laboratory and semi-natural settings. More recently his attention has returned to the emergence of modern human bipedalism. He co-edited and contributed to, From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking Running and Resource Transport (Kluwer-Plenum, 2004). His interests also encompass the evaluation of footprints, both in the lab and in the field, attributed to Sasquatch. Author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, a companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary, to be published by Forge later this year.


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