From the facebook page of Dr. Jeff Meldrum:
Here's a link to the brochure describing the program and listing panelists for the the first WORLD CONFERENCE ON RELICT HOMINOIDS, May 2016, Zulu Nyala, South Africa.Click here for brochure.
ISU Professor heads international conference to consider existence of relict wildmen.
Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology at Idaho State University, will chair the program of the first World Conference on Relict Hominoids, (see http://www.isu.edu/rhi/links.shtml for conference brochure) to be held in South Africa, May 4-10, 2016. The event will be hosted by New World Expeditions and Zulu Nyala, a world–class wildlife photo safari resort. The conference program will feature nine international scholars, investigators and celebrities, assembled to discuss the possibilities and scientific evidence for the survival of unrecognized man-like species. Registrants will experience daily conference gatherings, as well as first class dining and wildlife experiences in this exotic setting.
“Continuing fossil hominin discoveries not only add to the bushiness of the human family tree, but also indicate that several of its branches have persisted into the recent past alongside Homo sapiens -- perhaps even into the very present. Are we the last hominin standing? Or could there be others – known by such names as yeti, almas, orang pendek, ebu gogo, and sasquatch – which have eluded scientific recognition? “ Meldrum asks.
Meldrum, who specializes in the evolution of human walking, is author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. He also edits an on-line refereed journal, The Relict Hominoid Inquiry (www.isu.edu/rhi). He has examined hundreds of footprints attributed to sasquatch and other relict hominoids around the world, and has conducted investigations in the US, Canada, China and Russia. In the summer of 2016 he plans to participate on an international archeological team to search for remains of the ebu gogo, a 3-ft tall relict hominoid said to reside in the forests of Indonesia. The conference will be the first of its kind to consider the scientific context for the possible existence of multiple species of relict hominoids around the world. Meldrum will be joined by primate conservationist Ian Redmond, OBE (UK), author of Primates of the World; paleoanthopologist Ron Clarke, PhD (South Africa), discoverer of the most complete fossil hominid skeleton, dubbed “Littlefoot”; Himalayan mountaineering guide Thukten Sherpa (Nepal), executive director of Asian Trekking; primatologist Anna Nekaris, PhD (UK), editor of Folia Primatologica; wildlife consultant and ethnobotanist, John Mionczynski (USA), author of the Goat Packer; wildlife biologist John Bindernagel, PhD (Canada), author of North America’s Great Ape: The Sasquatch; nature filmmaker Dmitry Pirkulov (Russia); and celebrity adventurer Les Stroud (Canada), creator and host of Survivorman Bigfoot.
According to Meldrum, “The wildman figure is widespeard in human cultures. Is there evidence to suggest that there may be biological species behind these legendary being? This will be a singular opportunity for these renowned scholars and investigators to share and discuss their collective research on this controversial topic -- in person with one another, before their academic peers, and the public, who share a keen interest in this intriguing question.”
In addition to conference presentations and panel discussions, registrants will have the opportunity to personally meet and discuss with the panelists. They will also enjoy the amenities of the Zulu Nyala’s two lodges located on a 5000 acre game resrve in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa, with ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography, as well as witness traditional Zulu dance performances and village setting (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM3noTJ4yIY). For details and booking information contact Bill Cacciolfi, President - New World Expeditions at 937-213-1888.
here Jack Hana describes the facilities at Zulu Nyala: