Ok, when I hear about dermal ridges, I find myself not really understanding the whole concept. Yes, I have seen the stuff about it and I'm a little wondering WFT?. Footprints are found in soil that you have walked over, the soil varies in density, moisture and degrades very quickly into a "dent" in the ground very quickly. It's dirt and dirt isn't conducive to giving you the alleged great detail required to have them in good enough shape that you can then make another casting of the dent to show the ridges.
Oh, so you think it's possible anyway? Ok, then take my challenge to you to create your own......the only condition is you have to do it outside, in dirt.......natural dirt, no faked up special crap to get a god print and then do it in a like manner to a walking animal. Then wait one hour before making a cast that makes them oh so easy to see.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
The dermal ridges they are talking about are just calluses. If someone or something is walking around the forest barefoot for years and years the callus will be thicker. Even if the prints he was examining are fakes how does one explain other sightings and prints from all over the world? Finding prints in the Himalayas for example. No human could leave tracks that high up without leaving other signs of his presence, a tent, snow den, his own tracks etc. A hoaxer is too simplistic an explanation and it does not explain away all the phenomenon, tracks, DNA, centuries old stories from different continents. The only alternative explanation that would explain everything is a secret society of Bigfoot hoaxers that have perpetuated this myth in different areas of the world for hundreds of years. I beleive there are some hoaxers out there but not o nthe scale needed to perpetuate that big of a hoax for that long.