A Conversation with Mitchel Townsend
Mitchel Townsend is a pioneer in the Sasquatch research field. In 2017, he published his book Bigfoot is Solved, Hybrid Hominin: Scientifically Proving the Existance of Bigfoot with Forensic Dental Impression Research, where he documented the research undertaken on the recovered forensic dental impression evidence of Sasquatch.
Mitchel isn’t someone you would typically think of as a scientific researcher, his background is a combination of study in the areas of education, leadership and psychology. He’s got a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and was completing a doctoral degree.
His interest in Sasquatch started out as a kid when he had an overwhelming feeling of fear while out in the woods. Since adulthood, he’s had what he describes as “unexplained occurrences” around a place called Deadman’s Lake and became interested in seeing what he could contribute to the community.
Sasquatch as a ScienceSasquatch is a controversial scientific field (touted as non-scientific by many) but when Mitchel starts to conduct research, he thinks it’s important to take yourself out of the science to create an objective landscape.
Writing a scientific paper on a subject related to Sasquatch is quite the feat, but Mitchel was determined to publish the studies of his findings in a way that the scientific community would understand. So, he set out to do just that.
Coming from a background in institutional research, Mitchel designed a framework to analyze the existence of Sasquatch in a scientific way. After familiarizing himself with what already existed in the field—though admittedly, scientific forensic dental impression research is a new field—then build off that.
Mitchel believes that one of the big reasons that the study into Sasquatch has not gone that far is because there’s a discord between the researchers and the mainstream scientific community. He says that the only real way to get the scientific community to take research into the existence of Sasquatch seriously is by “going to their house, using their rules and their language.”
At the time of his interview with Chuck, Mitchel’s paper was still going through the peer review process—a process that each new scientific paper has to go through before it’s published.
Hearing More About Mitchel’s ResearchMitchel’s academic journey into the world of Sasquatch goes beyond simply what he wrote his paper, he’s actually taught three different college-level classes on the cryptid. With titles like CSI: Sasquatch and Bigfoot Solved, it’s a wonder why more college graduates are not more well-versed in Sasquatch.
Mitchel joined Chuck on the Sasquatch Syndicate podcast to share tales of his academic pursuits and research. Grab yourself something to drink (you can use our Sasquatch bottle opener to assist you) and tune in to Chuck’s conversation with Mitchel in the Holiday Special 2017 - Mitchel Townsend episode.
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By Tae Haahr
Research Writer, Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.