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Team to investigate Yeti DNA claims


Posted on Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 | Comment icon 37 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 #28 Posted by keninsc on 25 May, 2012, 0:15
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 to be duped because they are there to investigate what is supposed to be a real phenomenon.
Comment icon #29 Posted by psyche101 on 25 May, 2012, 4:00
It seems a little strange that after all this time, that the subject would suddenly gather enough credibility to catch the attention of Oxford. The study is at Wolfson, I have heard it is not exactly mainstream? I accept this could be completely wrong, hoping someone can let me know, if it is like a "Steiner" institution. Money has been given the Jeff Meldrum for a very long time now and as far as I know he has not heralded a result to date. I have to say I am rather curious as to how this gained such momentum. I would have through after all this time the scientific position would ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by psyche101 on 25 May, 2012, 4:16
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
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 Dr. Meldrum has his own project now called .
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... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by sean6 on 27 May, 2012, 19:36
http://news.discovery.com/human/twidn-bigfoot-giant-turtle-dna-tested-solar-eclipse-120525.html
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
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
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 species.


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