Skip to comments.Bigfoot and Yeti DNA Study Gets Serious
Posted on 05/22/2012 6:44:00 PM PDT by Theoria
A new university-backed project aims to investigate cryptic species such as the yeti whose existence is unproven, through genetic testing.
Researchers from Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology are asking anyone with a collection of cryptozoological material to submit descriptions of it. The researchers will then ask for hair and other samples for genetic identification.
"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.
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.
"It would be wonderful if one or more turned out to be species we don't know about, maybe primates, maybe even collateral hominids," Sykes told LiveScience. Such hominids would include Neanderthals or Denosivans, a mysterious hominin species that lived in Siberia 40,000 years ago.
"That would be the optimal outcome," Sykes said.
The project is called the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project. It is being led by Sykes and Michel Sartori of the zoology museum.
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Not saying there are or aren’t sasquatches BUT how many bear carcasses or leavings from a big carnivore type animal (wolf, bear etc) do people find in the deep woods? There should be bones gore and blood from their meals as well.
No, it’s really not...
Actually, it *is* rather loosely based on a neanderthal skull. The images were made by an artist who apparently has little to no anatomical training. There was a thread on this a while back.
I missed that thread.
He is a movie special effects guy. No surprise his recreation comes out looking like a movie monster with the head hooked onto the spine wrong.
Ah... It is a very impressive looking movie monster.
Here it is:
As I and several others pointed out, those images were light on science and heavy on fiction.
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