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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Study of Big Foot

If you are interested in a completely different type of research study reading for over the holidays, well, I think I can guarantee that this will be the most unusual.  Professor David Daegling, an anthropologist at the University of Florida has recently published “Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America’s Enduring Legend.”     According to an article on the Unversity of Florida's website, Professor Daegling's book "examines some of the most celebrated Bigfoot claims regarding the number, size and frequency of footprints found deep in the forest, hair samples that defy description and famous film footage that some people hold up as the strongest proof of the creature’s existence."  The article further states the author's reason behind this study,

“People express a reverence for the grandeur of the animal and derive meaning from Bigfoot because it represents where we came from,” said UF anthropologist David Daegling. “I think Bigfoot depicts the wild and uncultured side of who we are, a side we are both attracted to and repulsed by.”

The book is available from Altamira Press.  I don't know about you but I am seriously re-thinking my scholarly agenda . . .

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