The Life of Grover Krantz

  • Brian Regal
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


Grover Krantz occupied a unique and quirky place between the crackpots and the eggheads. A trained paleoanthropologist, by the middle of the 1970s he had come to the realization that for him straightforward evolution studies held little opportunity for notoriety. He therefore determined to win renown through his work on manlike monsters. He knew this would be a risky course to pursue. Fulfilling his expectations, Krantz’s career suffered, but the role of maverick appealed to him. Such a position allowed him simultaneously to support and criticize both sides of the issue and situate himself as the academic authority and leader in the field. He enjoyed taking the road less traveled, which he did from conviction, but also from the simple joy of contrariness. He would have opted for such a trajectory whatever area he devoted himself to, whether the lives of Neanderthals, the evolutionary patterns of Homo erectus, the migration histories of Indo-European peoples, or manlike monsters. He entered the latter field just as the Yeti/Asia phase ended and the Sasquatch/North America phase took off, finding himself with a tortuous route to negotiate between competing camps in an attempt to reach his goals. If any academic had the motivation to step into the public eye and make a career of supporting the existence of anomalous primates, it would have to be someone like Grover Krantz.


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