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Trekker takes photograph of 'Yeti footprints'

February 1, 2016 | Comment icon 56 comments



The Himalayas are said to be home to the legendary Yeti. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Dirk Hartung
Steve Berry encountered a mysterious set of single-file tracks on a steep mountain slope in Bhutan.
The 66-year-old had been trekking along a remote pass in the Himalayan Mountains when he came across the trail which was situated only yards away from an impassable chasm.

"The local people said we were the first to ever set foot on that pass," he said. "I had always thought that stories about the yeti were a bit of old bunkum. But there is no denying these tracks existed."

"The prints were clearly visible with the naked eye from where we were standing on a pass at 17,800ft. There was a vertical drop in front of us, not to mention a very serious mountainside to cross, so we could not get to them."

Not everyone is convinced however that the prints represent evidence of the Abominable Snowman.

Cryptozoologist Jon Downes, director of the Center for Fortean Zoology, believes that the tracks in the picture are more likely to be those of a mountain goat than a large hominid.

"I think that the chances of these prints being from anything more interesting are negligible and it is certainly not a bipedal higher primate," he said. "The center of gravity for such an animal would mean it just wouldn’t be able to venture up a mountain like that."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (56)



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Comment icon #47 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
Lol and? What kind of point is this? Humans don't know everything. Some topics are debated for a while before resolved. Dark matter, the oort cloud - claimed, purported, assumed existence at this stage. Welcome to science, that's how it works. Sometimes investigations take a while. You think we should have surely discovered the creature by now, "because technology and we've traveled other places". lol. The deep oceans are largely unexplored still, but we've got technology and submarines already bro, so there's nothing to be found there that we can't already know about, amirite? That the saquat... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Horta 6 years ago
If you believe your biologist is part of genuine scientific expeditions to look for bigfoot, good for you. Open to interpretation I suppose, you could claim any casual stroll in the woods "looking for bigfoot" if imagination permits. This doesn't seem to have happened since the early "Tom Slick" financed expeditions that found nothing. Scientists that are really looking document their research and if they find something worthwhile, submit it to journals. Except for bigfoot "scientists" that is. There isn't a scientific journal for random and unlikely bigfoot claims. Bigfoot is found far more f... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by PrisonerX 6 years ago
If you believe your biologist is part of genuine scientific expeditions to look for bigfoot, good for you. Open to interpretation I suppose, you could claim any casual stroll in the woods "looking for bigfoot" if imagination permits. This doesn't seem to have happened since the early "Tom Slick" financed expeditions that found nothing. Scientists that are really looking document their research and if they find something worthwhile, submit it to journals. Except for bigfoot "scientists" that is. There isn't a scientific journal for random and unlikely bigfoot claims. Bindernagel's research is p... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Snow leopard tracks sometimes appear to be in a straight line.
Comment icon #51 Posted by PrisonerX 6 years ago
Snow leopard tracks sometimes appear to be in a straight line. Snow leopards are awesome. Assuming a Yeti footprint is similar to a Sasquatch footprint, what would set it apart from a snow leopard's trail, aside from the anatomical features of the print itself, would be the stride length. A four legged creature, such as the snow leopard, wouldn't exhibit the same kind of sustained long stride that a large bipedal creature like the Sasquatch/Yeti is reported to display. A sustained long stride is one of the track features that makes cases like the 1851 Arkansas case I spoke of earlier ITT quite... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by Horta 6 years ago
Bindernagel's research is published in a book and is therefore available for scrutiny. That you will not do the reading is on you. Until you do, however, you're in no position to declare it as unscientific. The same way alien research, quantum health, free energy and comics are also published in books and available for scrutiny. Anyone can publish a book. If you want science to take it seriously, there is a proper way to go about it. You might take note of the way Sykes went about it. Gather the best "claimed" bigfoot evidence he could get. Then perform experiment. Then publish results in peer... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by PrisonerX 6 years ago
The same way alien research, quantum health, free energy and comics are also published in books and available for scrutiny. Anyone can publish a book. If you want science to take it seriously, there is a proper way to go about it. You might take note of the way Sykes went about it. Gather the best "claimed" bigfoot evidence he could get. Then perform experiment. Then publish results in peer reviewed science journal so that other scientists will scrutinise it. Try to gain a consensus about results of experiments. Then publish stuff for 'footers. Bigfoot "science" avoids this like the plague, pr... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
The few scientists investigating the evidence are rightfully hesitant to submit papers to institutions that have little interest in taking them seriously. Much was learned from the plight of Grover Kantz. You might want to take note. With the unfortunate muddying of the waters by hoaxes, it's basically become taboo to entertain the notion seriously, and therefore can jeopardize one's career and funding. This is admittedly the reason Bindernagel has been relatively quiet in that regard, while still making an effort. You have to understand, there is a business side to scientific research, and sc... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by Horta 6 years ago
Ah those pesky skeptics always moving the goalposts with their strawmen tactics like...asking for evidence sufficient to back claims, pointing out obvious inconsistencies. lol. It's obvious science refuses to look at bigfoot reflected in the way they bent over backwards to help Ketchum publish her paper (it was never rejected, it was withdrawn), the way the editor of Nature went out of his way to write an article encouraging Cryptozoology to "come in from the cold" and join real science by publishing, over a decade ago. The way the Sykes study which promised to objectively study bigfoot claims... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Horta 6 years ago
You’re in no position to call BS. Biologists aren't expert bigfoot trackers (or necessarily trackers at all). Anthropologists aren't expert bigfoot trackers (or necessarily trackers at all). None of them have studied the foot of their proposed bigfoot, nor does anyone have one available for study. Therefore none of them are in a position to credit them to bigfoot. This is conjecture based on personal belief (pseudo science). It isn't necessary to call bs. It is necessary for the claimants to support the claim. The science community at large have called bs on these unsupported claims by finding... [More]


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