Protocols for Handprint Casts

Protocols for Handprint Casts

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 Handprint 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 Handprints, 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 Handprint casts submitted to the Board for evaluation:

·         Overall length of Hand – the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if the length of the hand, measured from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger, is in the range of 11-14 inches. Handprints 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.

·         Width of the flexor/anterior surface (palm) of the hand accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criterion and the width of the palm, measured across the base of the four fingers, is in the range of 6-12 inches. Handprints 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.

·         Ratio of phalanges (finger) length to flexor/anterior surface of the hand (palm) – the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and the ratio of finger length to the palm in the range .28 -.32. Handprints 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.

·         Longitudinal crease in the flexor/anterior surface of the hand (palm) – the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and there is no evidence (or very short and not pronounced) of a crease in the palm around the base of the thumb. Handprint casts with transverse crease(s) elsewhere on the palm may be accepted.

·         Pollex (thumb) location on the hand – the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and the thumb location is closer to the wrist than a human hand.

·         Thenar pad at base of pollex - the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and there is no evidence of a raised fatty area beneath the base of the thumb on the palm, evidencing non-opposability of the thumb.).

·         Pollex (thumb) orientation – Opposability - the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and the thumb appears to be facing the same direction as the fingers (evidencing non-opposability of the thumb.)

·         Phalanges (finger) width – the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and the fingers are approximately the same width as the others on the same hand.

·         3rd digit length as percentage of the overall hand length – the Board will accept a handprint cast for evaluation if it meets the prior criteria and the middle finger length is 30% or less of the entire hand length.

·         Edges of hand impression (at the palm and fingers) – after the above criteria have been met, the Board will be interested in examining the cast for evidence the outside edges of the hand impression are abrupt rather than rounded and have evidence of calluses.

·         Transverse crease in palm - after the above criteria have been met, the Board will be interested in examining the cast for evidence of any transverse creases, starting between the second and third fingers and ending at the outside edge of the palm.

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

·         Flexion in phalanges (fingers) – after all of the above criteria have been met, the Board will be interested in examining the cast for evidence each finger seems to be in the same amount of flexion, evidencing minimal flexion.

·         Plica Interdigitalis (webbing between fingers) – after all of the above criteria have been met, the board will be interested in examing the cast for evidence of extensive webbing between fingers.

·         Fingerprints – after all of the above criteria have been met, the Board will be interested in examining the cast for dermal (friction) ridges on the pads of the fingers.

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 cast(s) will be returned to the person who submitted it for evaluation or discarded according to the submitter’s instructions.

10. Exhibit

·         Exhibit I - Board Evaluation Worksheet – Handprint Casts

Exhibit I

 

Board Evaluation Worksheet – Handprint Casts