book due in October 2004, here are some early reviews and information:
The myth of Bigfoot
has captured the popular imagination since the creature's first public
debut in 1958-numerous citations of "evidence," newspaper articles,
books, hysterical personal accounts,
and even Hollywood movies illustrate the American public's enduring romance
with the Sasquatch. The scientific community on the whole, however, has
stubbornly refused to comment on what it views as a very tall tale, though
Bigfoot's existence continues to be hotly argued between proponents of
the beast and its skeptics. Now, biological anthropologist and primate
physiology specialist Dr. David J. Daegling enters the fray to offer both
sides of the dispute benefit of objective scientific study. A well-crafted
read, Bigfoot Exposed will prove to be as much a model of scientific
method for anthropologists and researchers as it is an engaging and persuasive
debunking of the
myth of Bigfoot.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Encounters with Monsters
Chapter 2: The Natural History of Bigfoot
Chapter 3: The Social History of Bigfoot
Chapter 4. Bigfoot Scrutinized: Why the Greatest Hits are all Misses
Chapter 5: The Patterson Film
Chapter 6: Further Musings on Footprints
Chapter 7: Three Red Herrings
Chapter 8: A Science of Sasquatch?
Chapter 9: The Eyewitness Problem
Chapter 10: The Bardin Booger
Chapter 11: The Phenomenon
About The Author
David J. Daegling, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University
of Florida, is a biological anthropologist specializing in the study of
primate anatomy and biomechanics.
Fall 1985; B.A. 1982, Pitzer College; M.A. 1989, SUNY Stony Brook; Ph.D. 1990, Dr. Frederick Grine; Dissertation: Geometry and Biomechanics of Hominoid Mandibles; Placement or Plans: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT., and currently University of Florida Anthropology Department.
"I think Bigfoot Exposed is a wonderful contribution to the legend
of Bigfoot and emphasizes the correct role for science within the controversy.
The arguments advanced are sound and not only well-constructed but artfully
so. Overall the book is terrific! If someone wanted a comprehensive scientific
review of Bigfoot, there presently are no other good options."Michael
R. Dennett, Scientific and Technical consultant to the Skeptical Inquirer,
writer and longtime researcher into the legend of Bigfoot
"David Daegling has written a wonderful book on the North American
Bigfoot myth. It is conversational in style, and peppered with exceptionally
well-written turns of phrase. The book is admirably thorough, and a model
for others to follow in debunking myths."Jeffrey K. McKee,
The Ohio State University, author of The Riddled Chain and Sparing Nature
"I could not put it down! It is absolutely marvelous. Daegling's
handling of the subject itself, as well as his treatment of the tension
between science and, well, not science, is masterful. His writing style
is spot on, perfect for a book written by a scientist for a popular audience."Kenneth
L. Feder, Central Connecticut State University, author of Frauds, Myths,
and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology
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$24.95 Paper 0-7591-0539-1 October 28, 2004 256pp
$72.00 Cloth 0-7591-0538-3 October 28, 2004 256pp
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