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Team to investigate Yeti DNA claims

Posted on Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 | Comment icon 36 comments | News tip by: Sean6

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A team of researchers plan to conduct a systematic investigation of alleged Bigfoot and Yeti remains.

The project will make use of cutting edge DNA analysis technology to examine the origins of hairs, bone fragments and other items kept in a collection of alleged Bigfoot evidence at the Lausanne museum. "There have been DNA tests done on alleged yetis and other such things but since then the testing techniques, particularly on hair, have improved a lot due to advances in forensic science," said Oxford University's Prof Bryan Sykes.

Sightings of strange ape-like creatures have been reported in various parts of the world from the United States to the Himalayas and even Australia. "It's an area that any serious academic ventures into with a deal of trepidation... It's full of eccentric and downright misleading reports," he said.

"A UK-Swiss team will use DNA testing to investigate the origins of remains claimed to be from yeti and bigfoot."

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Comment icon #27 Posted by Grimm24 on 24 May, 2012, 23:18
It would be extremly sad for mankind If we have discovered everything known to walk on the earth, I mean the way you guys are talking is as if there is absolutely no chance of discovering ANYTHING new out in the world.
Comment icon #28 Posted by keninsc on 25 May, 2012, 0:15
IDK if I agree with the above but I will say that scientists are probably more prone than others to be stuck in their paradigms and therefore unable to recognize new facts that don't fit within said paradigms. Theres been a study done on that before that I had to read for work and for the life of me I can't find it anymore. James Randi's book titled "Flim-Flam" is a great book to read as well. He gets into a number of cases where scientist who were studying psychic claims were being BS'ed by charlatans. I suppose I should say that scientist aren't "dumb" so much as they aren't really looking t... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by psyche101 on 25 May, 2012, 4:00
The basis of scientific principle is that something is unproven until sufficient evidence is available to form a conclusion. Thus it would be just as poor science to assume it is fake as to assume it is genuine. In fact the default position of good science is "we don't know". A lot of people like to comment on how scientists aren't bright whilst at the same time demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of how science actually works. Just saying. It seems a little strange that after all this time, that the subject would suddenly gather enough credibility to catch the attention of Oxfor... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by psyche101 on 25 May, 2012, 4:16
Others are highly sceptical of such tales, and consider the subject unworthy of serious scientific investigation. Asked about the project's chances of success, Prof Sykes said: "The answer is, of course, I don't know," adding, "it's unlikely, but on the other hand if we don't examine it we won't know." Source That is an interesting article. I liked the way the BBC did not mention Hillary, but the Shipton photo's seeming as Hillary recanted. Meldrum has quite some doubts about the Shipton photo's LINK
Comment icon #31 Posted by Stardrive on 26 May, 2012, 17:27
Thanks for the link psyche101. Interesting read but Dr. Meldrum isn't directly involved in the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project. Dr. Meldrum has his own project now called The Relic Hominoid Inquiry.
Comment icon #32 Posted by rachelkleypassparrow on 27 May, 2012, 17:58
As with all bone fragments-they should be analysed to enlighten science to the reality of the creature. I have had to view several thousand videos on YOUTUBE to come up with a handful of reputable sightings caught on video. I have posted them onto my FACEBOOK timeline. I would like the species protected and even though I had a terrifying experience as a child, after watching the reputable films, it is plain to see that they are curious about us;as we are of them. Their protection is paramount, because I fear one being shot and killed for no reason other than trying to protect it's young. I am ... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by sean6 on 27 May, 2012, 19:36
Comment icon #34 Posted by brizink on 30 May, 2012, 8:40
the sas man is real!!!! I know... because... I am one:)
Comment icon #35 Posted by psyche101 on 31 May, 2012, 3:31
Thanks for the link psyche101. Interesting read but Dr. Meldrum isn't directly involved in the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project. Dr. Meldrum has his own project now called The Relic Hominoid Inquiry. Indeed, I was only mentioning the Shipton photos from the linked BBC article I thought it was politically correct to use them as opposed to Hillary's claim, mainly because Hillary recanted. But again, even people in the field doubt this evidence as well, notably a prominent proponent. Seems to be leaving us with little to move on with in regards to evidences.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Stardrive on 31 May, 2012, 15:49
Seems to be leaving us with little to move on with in regards to evidences. Well I can see why you might think that if you only read the BBC story, but..... I'm challenging and inviting the cryptozoologists to come up with the evidence instead of complaining that science is rejecting what they have to say," said geneticist Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford. and While Sykes doesn't expect to find solid evidence of a yeti or Bigfoot monster, he says he is keeping an open mind and hopes to identify perhaps 20 of the suspect samples. Along the way, he'd be happy if he found some unknown spec... [More]

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