anthropology

A Life In Science: From Housewife To Amazon Trailblazer

Oct 24, 2013

It all started in 1968 at a pet shop called Fish 'N' Cheeps in New York's Greenwich Village. On the way to a Jimi Hendrix concert, Patricia Wright and her husband dashed into the shop to escape heavy rain. There, a two-pound ball of fur from the Amazon captured their attention. A few weeks and $40 later, this owl monkey became their pet; later on they acquired a female as well.

The State Anthropologist has determined remains found in a septic drain field dig are those of a Native American woman who died anywhere from several hundred to a couple thousand years ago.

A Northwest anthropologist has risked his career in pursuit of what the rest of science considers a myth. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University is the nation’s lone academic trying to make the scientific case for Bigfoot. It’s no joke. Now he's even raising money to launch an unmanned aircraft that would scan the Northwest's forests for the large, hairy creature.

Meldrum gets frustrated when he walks into Barnes and Noble. It's one of the stores that carries his book.