research is often the domain of amateur enthusiasts. But some highly
educated scientists in relevant fields, such as primatology and
anthropology, have expressed beliefs that Bigfoot exists or at least
that he may exist and that this possibility should be taken seriously.
One such scientist, the late Dr. Grover S. Krantz, has been quoted by
Bigfoot bloggers as saying: "Many major scientific breakthroughs are
made by amateurs or by those who are only marginally involved in the
fields in question.”
We will, however, take a brief look at some of the experts who have
investigated Bigfoot. This is not a comprehensive review of their work
or the evidence they feel supports Bigfoot claims, but simply an
overview of some fascinating scientists who have often endured scorn
from their colleagues but held fast to a belief that Bigfoot should be
Dr. Grover S. Krantz
Dr. Grover S. Krantz was born in 1931 in Salt Lake City. He obtained
an M.A. in anthropology from the University of California–Berkely and
his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He was a beloved
professor at Washington State University (WSU) for some 30 years until
his retirement in 1998.
An obituary for Dr. Krantz in the WSU magazine
praises his more conventional contributions to anthropology, but also
mentions: "Despite widespread criticism and damage to his professional
reputation, Grover stood by the scientific evidence he gathered and the
methods he used to support the existence of Sasquatch (Bigfoot). He even
traveled to Russia and China to investigate similar stories of a very
large bipedal ape.”
Arguably the world’s most famous primatologist, Jane Goodall has
expressed her belief in Bigfoot. Though she has no formal training or
degree, she is widely recognized for her groundbreaking discoveries
related to the behavior of chimpanzees. She initially faced hostilities
from established scientists even regarding her chimpanzee research,
which has now been embraced by the scientific community at large.
Regarding Bigfoot, "I’ve talked to so many native Americans who all
describe the same sounds, two who have seen them,” she said during an
interview with National Public Radio’s Ira Flatow on Friday, Sept. 27,
2002. With a keen interest in the topic, she has read much about it.
Goodall said the accounts from all over the world of similar such
creatures lead her to believe that Bigfoot’s possible existence should
be taken seriously.
She admitted in 2012 to the Huffington Post that no "smoking gun” has been found—no indisputable Bigfoot body—but, "I’m not going to flat-out deny its existence.”
"I’m fascinated and would actually love them to exist.”
Dr. Samuel Sentell
Dr. Samuel Sentell has a private practice in neuropsychology in
Louisiana. He holds Ph.D. degrees in medical science and psychology from
Vanderbilt University. He is interested in studying Bigfoot from both a
biological and a psychological perspective.
He wrote in a post on the Society for Scientific Exploration website
in 2012: "Bigfoot/Sasquatch continues to be an area of great interest
in our culture while science steadfastly resists examination of the
anecdotal data in any comprehensive way. … Bigfoot phenomena are
sometimes hoaxed but hoaxing can be studied within social psychology.
Nevertheless, Bigfoot phenomena are not all hoaxes. Bigfoot is also an
archetype of the human collective unconscious and can be studied within
psychoanalytic, neuroethological and phenomenological disciplines.”
"Bigfoot is also an archetype of the human collective unconscious.”
Dr. Sentell said he has personally "found anomalous scat and hair as
well as other anecdotal evidence supporting the possibility of
Dr. John Bindernagel
John Bindernagel, B.S.A., M.S., Ph.D., is a Canadian wildlife
biologist. He has posted a photo of himself with Jane Goodall alongside
his autobiographical snippet on his website.
Goodall is holding up the cast of an alleged Bigfoot print Dr.
Bindernagel said he found in British Columbia, Canada, where he began
conducting field research in 1975.
"[I] am much more
concerned with addressing ecological questions such as how it
overwinters in the colder regions of North America, than with dwelling
on the controversy of whether it does or does not exist.”
He wrote on his website: "Wildlife biologists such as myself
regularly depend on tracks and other wildlife sign as evidence for the
presence of bears, deer, wolves, and other mammals, recognizing that
tracks constitute a more reliable and persistent record of the presence
of a mammal species in an area than a fleeting glimpse of the animal
itself. I am satisfied that the Sasquatch is an extant (or ‘real’)
animal, subject to study and examination like any other large mammal,
and am much more concerned with addressing ecological questions such as
how it overwinters in the colder regions of North America, than with
dwelling on the controversy of whether it does or does not exist.”
Dr. Esteban Sarmiento
Esteban Sarmiento, Ph.D., is a biologist and primatologist who has
worked as a functional anatomist at the American Museum of Natural
History. While he does not claim that Bigfoot exists, he admits the
possibility that it does and encourages careful scrutiny of evidence.
He attended the annual Texas Bigfoot Conference in 2009 and commented
on a purported video clip of a Bigfoot in northern California—the
so-called "Patterson-Gimlin film” shot in 1967. He said, according to
BigfootEncounters.com: "If it’s real, this animal is exceedingly
human-like.” He said the "Bigfoot” movements shown in the film do not
resemble those of great apes.
Dr. LeRoy Fish
Dr. LeRoy Fish (1943–2002) received his doctorate in zoology and
ecology from Washington State University. As a retired wildlife
ecologist, he dedicated much effort as a consultant to the Bigfoot Field