Josh Stevens' Bigfoot Map goes viral

GeoVISTA grad student Josh Stevens may be a Bigfoot skeptic, but he couldn't resist mapping the dataset of North American sasquatch sightings released by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

Josh's blog post, ‘Squatch Watch: 92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings in the US and Canada, quickly went viral with a write-up on LiveScience that's been picked up by NBC News, Fox News, Yahoo News, and Business Insider. Separate write-ups of Josh's work have appeared at FlowingData, BoingBoing, Gizmodo, TheBlaze, and Huffington Post UK, and Josh's map was selected as a 'staff pick' at Visual.ly. It was also featured on the Discovery Channel show "Daily Planet" (coverage starts at 7:09 in the clip).

Josh's map, seen below, shows an uneven distribution of reported sasquatch sightings. He hypothesizes that distribution of reports is influenced by a combination of population density, terrain and vegetation, and the prevalence of the legend in a given area. To read more, visit Josh's blog

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92 years of Sasquatch sightings, by Joshua Stevens

For more information, contact Krista Kahler at kck12@psu.edu

Visit http://www.joshuastevens.net/visualization/squatch-watch-92-years-of-bigfoot-sightings-in-us-and-can to learn more.