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Dozens of Yeti hair samples DNA tested

Posted on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 | Comment icon 182 comments

Could there still be an undiscovered primate roaming the mountains ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Dirk Hartung

Scientists have been analyzing samples of hair that are said to have originated from the elusive cryptid.

Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes made headlines last year when he tested strands of alleged Yeti hairs recovered from the Himalayas and discovered that they seemed to belong to an extinct species of polar bear that lived 40,000 years ago.

Since then he has tested dozens more samples of hair thought to have originated from the cryptozoological biped as part of an ongoing project to try and solve the mystery once and for all.

His findings, which were published this week, indicate that almost all of the samples had come from cows, bears, porcupines, horses and an assortment of other mundane species. Despite this however Sykes is adamant that his research does not mean that Bigfoot can't still exist.

"I don't think this finishes the Bigfoot myth at all," he told NBC News. "What it does do is show that there is a way for Bigfoot enthusiasts to go back out into the forest and get the real thing."

The geneticist is now organizing an expedition to the Himalayas next year to seek out live specimens of the elusive polar bear species that his DNA testing had helped to identify.

"That's the next logical step," he said. "We need a live 'Yeti.'"

Source: NBC News | Comments (182)

Tags: Bigfoot, Yeti

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Comment icon #173 Posted by Sakari on 17 July, 2014, 2:41
Read just this part, then see if you agree with me..... Now, lets use that with Bigfoot : [u]After this discovery, scientists did extensive research in the area............[/u] One can argue that the first sighting was in 1811......But, lets not go that far....Lets go with this : Interest in Bigfoot began to pick up in the United States in 1958 when a bulldozer operator named Jerry Crew found enormous footprints around where he was working in Humboldt County, California. What that does not mention is those tracks were admitted to be made on purpose, to keep trespassers out....... [More]
Comment icon #174 Posted by DieChecker on 17 July, 2014, 2:51
The problem with finding a large mammal in a Vietnamese valley, and finding Bigfoot, is that a Bigfoot supposedly has a territory that spans an entire western state. A home range something on the order of 100,000 square miles. Where the Saola has a range of something like 1000 square miles. So it is 100 times easier to find with cameras and on foot. The only leveling factor would be how many bigfoots there are overlapping the same range. Could be 10, or 20... But unless it is 200+, you're still going to have BF being 10 to 100 times harder to find. And BF is more intelligent then an ox. Go... [More]
Comment icon #175 Posted by Hawkin on 17 July, 2014, 2:58
I'm not saying they exist. I'm just saying that it's a possibility they do considering that species have been rediscovered or new species have come to light. As for you saying you gave up on that fantasy. It would seem you still have an interest in it more then you realize since you visit these threads and discuss it. But that's ok.
Comment icon #176 Posted by Sakari on 17 July, 2014, 2:58
How many people hunt, hike, work, and live in those areas of Vietnahm versus the PNW. Per capita, I would be willing to bet more people ( and guns and trail cams ) per square mile frequent the PNW, and/or live in it, work in it, hunt in it, hike in it.
Comment icon #177 Posted by Sakari on 17 July, 2014, 3:01
I do have an interest in it. I have said numerous times, I used to believe in it. " used to ". As I have stated, my interest is in why some people still do believe, and believe to the point of getting defensive and mad. Not saying you, saying some people. I do not think it is even a possibility they exist, do to the countless points made on why they do not.
Comment icon #178 Posted by DieChecker on 17 July, 2014, 3:18
Perhaps. But the US has a population density of 32 people per square kilometer, while Vietnam as a population density of 268. About 10 times denser population. That would mean more hunters and more wood gatherers, and more people wandering about in my opinion (per square kilometer).
Comment icon #179 Posted by Sakari on 17 July, 2014, 10:46
I'm that case.
Comment icon #180 Posted by Myles on 17 July, 2014, 12:12
Someone had physical evidence of these already though. Big difference.
Comment icon #181 Posted by Rafterman on 17 July, 2014, 15:45
But that's not really the case. Bigfoot is seen all over North America - from Alaska to Southern Florida and everywhere in between. Including right near some of the most population areas in the US. And as I've said and will continue to say, such a widespread distribution requires a fairly large breeding population continent-wide to maintain. Either that or that have to migrate periodically to breed. Both possibilities would be incredibly difficult to hide. And again, no evidence, no bigfoot - sorry, but that's the reality of it.
Comment icon #182 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 17 July, 2014, 16:11
Maybe Bigfoot is really human...inflicted with some sort of lycanthropy. His more "animal" form isn't some terrifying creature that eats humans, but more shy and careful. After the cycle is up, he returns to human form, completely forgetting his recent activites--or, alternatively, he knows exactly what is happening and takes steps to make sure he isn't found out. That would explain his sightings throughout the world, even though it's sparse enough that it couldn't possibly sustain it's own population without overwhelming evidence. And the lack of remains. ... [More]

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