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posted 16 November 2015 at 15:42:55

Not really, but it got your attention. Academics at the Idaho State University Robotics and Communication Systems Engineering Technology program have built an 8-foot tall, 3D printed model of Bigfoot's skeleton using a series of 3D printers.

Despite allegedly being spotted thousands of times, largely in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, no Bigfoot skeleton has actually ever been found. This didn't deter Jeff Meldrum, an ISU anthropology and anatomy professor. Meldrum and his team 3D scanned and then merged the skeletons of two real, but extinct, species – the Gigantopithecus blacki, a colossal ancient ape, twice the size of today's, and a Neanderthal, extinct for 40 millennia.

“To actually stand next to it was really, really quite amazing,” said Meldrum of the 3D printed skeleton. “Even this was a bit of an academic exercise, because obviously everything is just inferential, but what it conveys is that otherwise difficult-to-imagine sensation or impression of standing next to a skeleton that’s 8ft tall. I mean it’s huge – massive.”

3D printing Bigfoot took 1,600 hours and required the use of 3D printers from all over the state of Idaho, as well as one from Washington. Each 3D printer was assigned a particular set of body parts, which were later collected by the team for assembly.

The 3D printed creature will be shown in a History Channel documentary, Bigfoot Captured, set to premiere this month.

Image courtesy of Professor Jeff Meldrum