“On the hunt for Bigfoot? Josh Stevens, a PhD candidate in Geography at Penn State, has stumbled across a treasure trove of Bigfoot sightings. Stevens discovered that the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has catalogued Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings in the United States and Canada stretching back to 1921.
The database hosted by BFRO contains thousands of geocoded and timestamped logs describing sightings of the mythical beast. Stevens consolidated a total of 3,313 sightings from 1921 to 2013. He then mapped and graphed out the sightings to look for patterns.”
The museum was founded in 2003 by Loren Coleman (4th photo), author and cryptozoologist, with the purpose of educating the public about the fascinating world of cryptozoology, the search for animals whose existence has not yet been scientifically proven.
The animals cryptozoologists study are often referred to as cryptids, a term coined by John Wall in 1983. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are considered extinct, such as non-avian dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical evidence but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as Bigfoot and Chupacabra; and wild animals dramatically outside their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats (also known as Alien Big Cats).