Protocols for Knuckleprint Casts

 

When considering submitting Knuckleprint Casts to the Evidence Review Board there are things that will be required from the person submitting the cast to the Evidence Review Board:

a. There will be a questionnaire that will need to be filled out. It should be fully filled out and if something doesn't apply it needs to be so stated. Some of the questions may be of a personal nature and any confidential information collected about locations, names of the landowners and other pertinent information collected to do the analysis will not be included in the reports.

b. With the questionnaire, the person submitting should include photos or a video of the print before and during the casting.

c. The cast. (Submitters may refer to the document entitled “Casting, Packaging, and Transporting Footprint Casts”.)

d. An accurate location of where the Handprint was found will be needed. None of this information will be released to anyone outside the members of the Review Board. This will make it easier to verify the area could sustain an animal like Sasquatch as well as being able to research if there is other known activity in the area.

2. The credibility of the person submitting evidence will be taken into consideration. Any research organizations and related associated groups will be helpful. A phone number and email address will also be required. Some of the board members may call and talk to the submitter in person if there are questions. Any false information will make for an automatic dismissal of the review process.

3. One thing to remember is that the Evidence Review Board does these reviews in their spare time, so it can be a slow process. The Board will do all they can to get it done quickly after submission, but with family, jobs, and other things that normal people have, it may take a while.

4. After the MABRC has concluded the review, a report will be written and released in the manner as stated. The MABRC will be posting the report on its website in the appropriate area that is open to the public to view with ALL credit given to the submitter and any group affiliations.

5. The entire purpose for the Review Board is to make a public database of suspected Bigfoot evidence. With these animals being as complex as they appear to be, all credible evidence collected will hopefully help to prove the existence of the species. Any and all of the decisions of the Review Board will be made on the evidence submitted. And if in the future any new evidence comes forth to make a stronger or weaker case for the submitted evidence, the Review Board reserves the right to change the decision of the original submission, if warranted.

6. Although the Board cannot positively confirm any Knuckleprint casts as being made by a Sasquatch, there are a number of criterion that will be used by the Board to eliminate other possibilities, particularly misidentification of human prints and intentional hoaxes.

7. The Evidence Review Board considered a number of resources pertaining to possible Sasquatch Knuckleprints, including information from various websites and specialists. Based on information gleaned from the websites and specialists, the following criteria will be used when evaluating possible Knuckleprint casts submitted to the Board for evaluation:

·         Width across the knuckles of the hand – the Board will accept a knuckleprint cast for evaluation if the width across the knuckles, measured at the middle phalanges of fingers II-V, is in the range of 6-10 inches.  Casts outside the expected range could still be valid prints but will not be accepted and evaluated by the Board because there are too many other possibilities to consider, outside the expertise of the Board.

·         Portion of the hand where the knuckles contacted the ground – the Board will accept a knuckleprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criterion and if the imprint suggests the middle bones of the finger were in contact with the ground (rather than a clenched fist hitting the ground.) Although a Sasquatch may have made an imprint with a closed fist, the Board will limit its evaluation to knuckleprints that were made by the knuckles separating the proximal phalanges from the middle phalanges.

·         Phalanges width - the Board will accept a knuckleprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and the fingers are all approximately the same width. Casts that do not meet this criterion could still be valid prints but will not be accepted and evaluated by the Board because there are too many other possibilities to consider, outside the expertise of the Board.

·         Shape at distal ends of proximal phalanges – After meeting the prior criteria, the Board will examine the cast for evidence the distal end of the proximal phalanges are trochlear in shape (spool-shaped.)

·         Flexion creases in knuckles – After meeting the prior criteria, the Board will examine the cast for evidence of flexion creases in some of the knuckles.

·         Pollex (thumb) orientation – Opposability – After meeting the prior criteria, the Board will examine the cast for evidence of the thumb facing the same direction as the fingers (evidencing non-opposability of the thumb.)

·         Pollex felon (pad on the anterior surface of the thumb; “thumb pad”) after all of the above criteria have been met, the Board will examine the cast for evidence of a thick thumb pad.

8. Based on the analysis, the Board will formulate a response and an opinion that will be cited in the final report.

9. The handprint evidence will be returned to the person who submitted it for evaluation or discarded per the submitter’s instructions.

10. Exhibits

·         Exhibit I: Board Evaluation Worksheet – Knuckle Imprint Casts

Exhibit I

 

Board Evaluation Worksheet – Knuckle Imprint Casts