Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bigfoot | Unknown Mysteries Video Archives

By Paul H.

Here is a large video list of Bigfoot Video Archives for you to enjoy,all in one handy website.Some of these videos are hoaxes and there are some that are definitely not worth watching but some are good,you decide what you want to watch.Have fun and enjoy!

Click HERE to watch them


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Researchers,Go Digital or Not!

By Paul H.


For over 150 years, photography has been a chemical process. Images are captured on photographic film. This is made up of layers of light-sensitive silver halide emulsion coated on a flexible base. Film is exposed to light in a camera. This creates a latent image, which is made visible by immersion in a solution of chemicals called a 'developer'. Prints are made by projecting the image from the film on sensitised paper and processing the material in a series of chemical baths. Much of the processing of both film and paper must take place in darkened rooms to avoid extraneous light reaching the sensitised emulsions.

Digital photography has changed all this. There is no need for film, chemicals or dark rooms. Images are captured with arrays of photo sensors and are processed by computer software. Prints are made by firing tiny jets of coloured ink or dyes at paper.

It has become fairly common to describe film photography as 'analog', to differentiate it from digital photography. In the sense being used here, analog refers to a signal where the output is proportional to the input. A light meter is a good example of an analog instrument. Light falling on a photocell generates an electrical current which moves a needle across a scale. The brighter the light, the greater the movement.

As a researcher,you hear stories from different areas that sometime while out researching,their digital equipment will fail in some sort of way,batteries go dead,it doesn’t take the picture or just maybe the camcorder doesn’t want to record that special moment.

So now you are getting irate,now you find yourself wanting to throw this equipment into the nearest creek because you know it is getting time to replace it but you really don’t want too.Then you think,heck! it worked just fine before I came out here and after you get back home,it works fine now,so what is going on!.

Does this big hairy guy have the ability to shut down digital equipment? Does he have the capability to alter the performance of said equipment,maybe we will never know for sure.


I have had this happen to me personally on two occasions in the past couple of weeks,I recently made a visit to Beaver Creek State Park and about six of us went on a hike and along the hike I was doing wood knocks and a series of woops,two of the the researchers in our group responded with a woop and out of nowhere from across the creek was another woop that was heard.I proceeded with panning that area with my Sony AVCHD HDR-XR160 camera and  on my screen it was recording but nothing was on the hard drive,I proceeded to do this two more times with no success.We left that area and proceeded deeper in and low and behold,my Sony worked just fine,I cannot explain this,nor can I come up with an explanation.

One week later at another research area that I will not give an exact location,my wife heard what sounded like limbs breaking in the immediate area,I grabbed my Sony XR160 and headed in,once I got to the area in question,again my camera failed to record but worked just fine ever since.

This same area, a fellow researcher that that I investigate with went to that same area with a full battery in his camcorder had a similar issue except his recording time went from 163 minutes to 8 minutes immediately and this is after what he described as something growled at him from a distance.

I am wondering if researchers looking for this elusive creature should have a analog camera for backup just in case,I will leave that up to you,I personally think that it wouldn’t be a bad idea and is also worth a shot because you never know what might happen or even come across while you least expect it!.



By Paul H.
Ohio Bigfoot Hunters

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

'Sasquatch Watch' researcher keeps on looking for rock-throwing beast


Sasquatch Watch


Pete Wilson, a Bigfoot expert who recently moved to Billings from Virginia, explains how he believes Bigfoot's gait is different from humans'.

BILLINGS - Pete Wilson is a patient man, and patience is a useful virtue for a bigfoot researcher.

After years of working in the field and investigating reported bigfoot encounters by others, Wilson has been rewarded with seeing a few likely footprints and hearing what he thinks was the howl of a sasquatch.

Also, he said, "we've had rocks thrown at us, which is a common trait among bigfoot."

But he has learned enough to give him hope that he'll actually see a sasquatch in his lifetime.

"I'm pretty convinced they're real, but I've got to get that sighting," he said. "I've got to prove it to myself."

Wilson, who moved to Billings from Virginia in June, is hoping other Montanans will help him in his quest. He has founded Sasquatch Watch of Montana and has created a website so people can report sightings or otherwise get involved in the search.

The bad news is that Eastern Montana appears to be barren ground when it comes to the bigfoot.

"The Pryor Mountains might be the closest one to have some potential, but I kind of doubt it," he said.

The good news is that there have been at least 30 sasquatch reports in Western Montana, starting at about Livingston, Wilson said.

One of the most famous sightings ever, in the Bitterroot Mountains between Montana and Idaho, was recounted by Teddy Roosevelt in his book "The Wilderness Hunter." Roosevelt told the hair-raising story of a "grizzled, weather beaten old mountain hunter" whose companion was killed by an unknown beast that walked on two legs and left huge footprints all around the victim.

Wilson is particularly interested in reports filed by Stan Courtney, a bigfoot researcher in Illinois. Courtney told The Gazette that his brother Dale, who lives in Laurel, had some strange experiences at a campground in the Little Belt Mountains near Martinsdale in 2004.

Courtney went to the campground in 2005 and recorded what he is convinced are the sounds of a "large biped" walking past his motor home. Wilson wants to go there himself, and to other likely spots in Montana.

Wilson said he grew up in Michigan and got seriously into bigfoot research after reading some books on the subject in the late 1980s. Moving around the country, he got involved in bigfoot research in Kansas, Oklahoma and Virginia, among other places.

Billy Willard, director of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia, said he and Wilson "spent quite a few hours in the woods."

"We hated to lose him to Montana, but you have to go where the work is," he said. Wilson works in avionics for Edwards Jet Center.

The highlight of Wilson's researches came in northern Oklahoma in 2008. He and another investigator were on private property where there had been numerous bigfoot sightings over 25 years.

"We found three consecutive footprints that had a 5-foot spread between them," he said.

Unfortunately, the prints were in small gravel near a stream, and attempts to make plaster casts of them were unsuccessful, he said.

He said the tracks "weren't overly large," maybe 13 or 14 inches long but quite wide, maybe six inches. And the prints seemed to show a " midtarsal break," a throwback to the apes, whose feet were made for climbing and grasping rather than walking.

Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, has studied hundreds of photographs and casts of purported bigfoot prints and has done much to publicize the significance of the midtarsal break.

In an interview, he said the feature combines elements of the human foot and an ape's foot and seems to be an adaptation designed for walking on steep, broken slopes.

After years of research, he said, "I'm quite confident they (sasquatches) exist. I wouldn't have exposed my career to the ridicule ... if I wasn't convinced of my evidence and my conclusions."

That's the kind of talk Wilson likes to hear.

"He's one of the few academics out there open-minded enough to the extent of believing this," he said.

And Wilson can't wait to see a bigfoot.

"I personally think it's some type of ape," he said. "They look kind of like us, only just covered in hair."


'Sasquatch Watch' researcher keeps on looking for rock-throwing beast

Blackfoot man encounters Bigfoot |


BLACKFOOT — Dennis Rinehart of Blackfoot describes himself as just a regular 'Joe Shmoe.' However, he is a 'Joe Shmoe' who believes without a shadow of a doubt that he has had not one...but two...encounters with Bigfoot.
Rinehart replied to a local advertisement, put out by the Animal Planet Television Network, seeking Bigfoot stories from eastern Idaho for the show: 'Finding Bigfoot.' He and approximately 20 others responded to the ad and gathered in Pocatello last month with the show's producers for a 'town hall meeting' to tell their Bigfoot stories.
Rinehart said the two encounters he had with Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) were within a ten year period of each other and were both in the vicinity of Wolverine Canyon-a rugged wilderness area-northeast of Blackfoot.
It was in October of 1992, right before his 13th birthday, when Rinehart is convinced he saw Bigfoot for the first time.
"I was camping with some friends and family...the sun was was getting chilly and everyone was going into their tents to go to bed. I stayed up (alone) waiting for the campfire to die out," Rinehart recalled.
It was while he was tending the fire that Rinehart claims he heard a loud grunt and smelled what he describes as a "strong, musky 'wet-dog' like smell"...a distinct odor that he says he will never forget and can still recall to this day.
Rinehart said that at first he thought maybe it was a bear or some deer mating in the forest; however, once he got a closer look it was apparent that this was not deer or a bear...
"From about 15 feet away I could see a figure crouching grabbed a tree trunk and pulled it towards itself," Rinehart said. "I never saw its face directly but I could see that it had long, bushy reddish-brown hair like a grizzly bear."
Rinehart said the big, burly figure then stood up—revealing a broad frame of well over 7 feet tall—and walked away in the opposite direction covering about 8 feet with just two steps.
Rinehart said he went to bed that night with his heart pounding, unsure of what it was he had witnessed, but not saying a word to anyone until the next day.
"I was only 13 years old - I had never even heard of Bigfoot or Sasquatch - I didn't even know what to tell people what it was that I saw...," he said.
In the days that followed, Rinehart began to describe to his buddies what he saw on that lone evening...
"They (my buddies) all told me it sounds like Sasquatch or Bigfoot and they kind of ridiculed me about it," he said.
Thereafter, Rinehart went on to self-educate himself on Sasquatch and Bigfoot reading (pre-interent) articles and encyclopedias and watching the Patterson Films (a collection of films based on Bigfoot sightings around the country). Rinehart's self-studies reaffirmed his belief that it was indeed Bigfoot who crossed his path as a young boy in 1992.
It was February of 2002, not far from the area he had camped at 10 years prior, that Rinehart claims to have had a second (less direct) run-in with Bigfoot. He and a friend from Germany were winter camping along the creek in Wolverine Canyon when that distinct smell, that Rinehart said he could never forget, came wafting through the air.
Shortly after 'smelling that smell,' Rinehart said a giant boulder, that could only be lifted by two hands, came flying across the creek toward their tent.
"I knew by the smell...exactly what it was...Bigfoot protecting his territory," Rinehart stated.
Rinehart, an avid outdoorsman, said based on his experiences and what he has learned about Bigfoot, he has no fear of the creature and that his conviction in his existence has not wavered through the years.
"I believe Bigfoot is an advanced primate with human characteristics...they exist around the country...they bury their dead like we do and have their own form of communication," he explained. "There's no reason to fear Bigfoot...they are a protective creature..but not an aggressive creature."
While Bigfoot remains elusive, sightings have been reported around the country (and the world) for hundreds of years. Its estimated that there are about 900 reports of Bigfoot in the United States each year. There have been recent claims of Bigfoot sightings regionally in the areas of Rose Pond (Blackfoot), Mink Creek (in Pocatello), Salmon, Fort Hall and the Sawtooth Mountains.
Rinehart, a father of three who works as a trainer at Convergys in Pocatello, reiterates that he's a normal guy... just a regular 'Joe Shmoe,' and whether people believe him or not...he saw Bigfoot.



Blackfoot man encounters Bigfoot |

Locals Reluctant to Talk About Bigfoot in Public

18-inch-long plaster cast taken from tracks found in the forest
Tribes all along the Pacific coast, from Central California all the way up to Alaska, have shared stories about large hairy human-like creatures that live hidden in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Steven Streufort, who runs Bigfoot Books in Willow Creek, said that European settlers arriving in the area disregarded the stories at first – until they started finding footprints and catching sight of the creature themselves.
It wasn’t until the twentieth century that the local stories reached the outside world.
“In the late 1950s they started to cut into a remote area of virgin timber north of Weitchpec,” Streufort said. “When they started cutting roads into there, they found footprints in the new roads.”
A logging tractor driver from Salyer named Jerry Crews took pictures and made plaster casts of huge footprints at his work site near Bluff Creek. The footprints were 16 inches long.
The Humboldt Times in Eureka published the pictures in October 1958, and the story was retold by newspapers around the world. Despite the stories of Bigfoot being in the worldwide news media for over 50 years, and told throughout the Pacific Northwest for hundreds of years before that, people are reluctant to come forward with their own sightings.
“They may tell you if they know you and trust you,” Streufort said, “but they don’t want to go on the record. It can damage your reputation publically.”
Many well-known and respected local residents are rumored to have told close friends and relatives that they saw Bigfoot, but almost no one would talk with the TRT about their experiences.
Serene White, a former legal clerk for the Hoopa Valley Tribal Court, explained why.
“A lot of people keep quiet about what they’ve seen,” White said, “because they don’t want people to think they’re crazy or a liar.”
She said that people have come up to her on the street, harassed her, and called her a liar.
White said that she only told a few people about what she’d seen, before James “Bobo” Fay asked her if she’d retell her story for “Finding Bigfoot” on the Discovery Channel.
White said that she saw a creature around midnight on August 21, 2007, not long after she returned to Hoopa after studying at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
She was on the river bar near Chief Jackson’s, at the very north end of Hoopa near Beaver Creek, and saw something in the moonlight.
“I thought it was a bear at first. It was hunched over with its hands in the water,” White said, “There was someone else there with me, but they want no part of this.”
White said that she grabbed a large flashlight and pointed it at the creature.
“When I turned on the light, it stood up and turned, and it made some sort of growling or crackling noise,” White said.
“Have you ever seen hackles come up on a dog? That’s what it did. Then it ran off. I just watched it, sort of in pause; like shock,” she said. Streufort said that he has heard stories like that from dozens of people living in the Klamath-Trinity area.
“There’s so much unexplored forest in the Pacific Northwest that you can’t cover it all,” Streufort said, “but people have seen these creatures.
Streufort said that he knows a woman who works for the fire service who has seen Bigfoot and found tracks.
The woman doesn’t want to go public, he said, because she’s afraid she might lose her job.
Not everyone harasses Serene White for telling her story. Privately, many people share their own stories, or their family’s stories.
“About 50 people in town have talked to me about it,” White said. “It was either their experience, or their dad’s, or their great grandma’s.”
White didn’t think the creature she saw was an animal. She said that it looked more like the things her elders had told her about when she was a kid.
“When I was told all those stories as a kid, I thought they were just to scare kids into staying close to camp,” White said. “I didn’t think they were real.

 Locals Reluctant to Talk About Bigfoot in Public

Steven Streufert

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bigfoot: Forest Commandos? |



It came to my attention seeing the compelling videos being released by MK Davis online (many vids found here) that Bigfoot seems to have some exceptional commando skills. Are they the forest commando equivalents? Well, he’s managed to hide quite well and, interdimensional escape theory aside, he seems to be able to just back himself into an environment and blend.

Assumptions we can make:
They are rarely seen. There is enough for a breeding population in quantity. They are also very large and with a high caloric need, so they would have to be experts at getting food efficiently, quickly, and with as few a bodies out in the open as possible.

This would require the use of bushes, trees, and shadows to help them blend in. Because of height and risky open areas, they would need to be extraordinary runners, creep-walkers and hoppers on all 4′s. We see those features in some of MK’s released videos. There appear to be ways to minimize their enormous size and therefore their vulnerability at being seen.

That they do have body hair is probably to their advantage in being able to retreat into shadows. Imagine a naked human male in the woods and then a Bigfoot–one could step back and be lost in the shadows, the other would still be glaringly apparent.

So, their musculature and their hair have helped them in environments with wide temperature changes and the need to pull their body weight up into trees and run and creep and even commando crawl and jump far distances. The BF I saw in the Sierras had extraordinary thigh and butt muscles–those would be critical for a runner but also the upper body strength to be able to pull up such a weight.

I’ve read some reports where people say a Bigfoot climbed a tree and made himself blend in with it, tuck himself up to become part of the tree. Being able to stop and be very still so your movement doesn’t give you away, being able to take one step back behind a tree, being able to stay low and move fast through open areas–all critical to his survival and lack of detection.

The movie “Red Dawn” showed man going into BF’s environment and surviving and hiding from the invaders who are trying to find and kill them. They developed many of these characteristics.

Keys for survival:
Blend in, use what is available, and adapt your physicality (weather tolerance, strength, dexterity, agility, and 5 senses) to withstand it. There isn’t just the issue of hiding from dangerous humans, but also the need for hunting/fishing and other acquisition of food sources and shelter that would mean an ongoing robust health and constitution.

Ultimately, looking at this commando of the woods, I am not only extremely impressed and so very proud of this race’s ability to survive in spite of our general population’s encroachment. I believe that, as we have the highest respect for our special ops forces, we must also respect the kind of skills and drive it takes to be a forest commando.



Bigfoot: Forest Commandos? |

Monday, August 20, 2012

WATCH: The Woodsman, The Fourth "Found Footage" Bigfoot Movie of 2012



Add another film title to the list of Bigfoot "found footage" movies this year; The Lost Coast Tapes, Exist, Bigfoot County, and now an internationally award-winning film The Woodsman

In case you need a refresher on the genre of found footage. Wikipedia does a great job:

Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists. The events on screen are seen through the camera of one or more of the characters involved, who often speaks off screen. Filming may be done by the actors themselves as they recite their lines, and shaky camera work is often employed for realism.
The Woodsman follows, in suit, with footage found from an adventuring TV show host, think Les Straub or Bear Grylls, looking for the Mayan Bigfoot. Although it premiered March 9, 2012, there has not been a DVD release yet as it is still being screened at other venues. After the following description and plot synopsis you can watch the trailer below.
Mauro Bosque (Maurice Ripke – Prison Break, Angel Dog, Doonby) is a true adventurer: he loves adrenaline and extreme sports. Mauro and his producer, Chucho (Julian Guevara – Prison Break, Missionary Man), are about to shoot another episode of their outdoor extreme-reality internet show, “Hombre y Tierra.” This episode has Mauro hiking through some very dense and deep woods in search of some of the world’s most significant and extraordinary caves in the mountains of Belize.
His journey began in January 2007. The reality show consists of Mauro videotaping himself looking for ancient ruins, or traces of long lost Mayan remains. But Mauro never returned from this trip.
What took place in the mountains of Belize has been a mystery until now. The recent findings of Mauro’s lost tapes will reveal the pieces of this unusual unfinished puzzle and settle the truth once and for all.
With Mauro now on his own he quickly becomes lost when the river he planned to follow becomes uncrossable. His journey to find a way across the river leads him directly into the territory of an ancient beast who does not want Mauro encroaching his boundaries. Mauro knows something is now tracking him and as the darkness closes in around him he becomes increasingly wary of who or what is out there waiting.
This is the terrifying story of a man searching for a dream, only to find his greatest nightmare.
The camera was found in a remote part of the San Ignacio Forest in Belize. Covered in dirt and blood and broken beyond repair, it sat on a forestry official’s desk for weeks before being linked to a missing internet personality, Mauro Bosque.
The government of Belize made the decision not to release the disturbing footage found on the camera and memory cards found in Mr. Bosque’s personal effects located nearby. Mauro’s Producers located the footage some time later and somehow managed to have it returned to them. Accusations of bribery abound but to date have not been proven.
What happened to Mauro in the forest during that three day period has remained a mystery until the recent discovery of this footage – footage that was likely stolen from a government office in Belize. This is the terrifying story of a man searching for a dream, only to find a living, breathing nightmare. This is the story of Mr. Bosque’s ill-fated, final adventure. Some things should remain a mystery.




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Interview of Sasquatch Movie Maker Christopher Munch




"Much later I came to acknowledge a deep and atavistic connection to sasquatch which I am only now beginning to understand, small piece by small piece, even while my commitment to their “cause” grows more steadfast every day." -- Christopher Munch; Writer/Director of Letters from the Big Man
Jeffery Pritchett, known for his radio show has recently posted an excellent interview with Christopher Munch, director of the true-to-life depiction of Sasquatch in Letters from the Big Man. You can buy the DVD at the Official Letters From The Big Man website.

Pritchett does an amazing job asking questions that get to the heart of Christopher Munch's journey from script to screen, a few of our favorite questions and answers are below.

1. I have to say your movie about Sasquatch entitled Letters From the Big Man is one of the best Bigfoot films I've ever seen. What was the inspiration behind it exactly?
Christopher Munch: The project literally showed up on my doorstep in 2005, punctuated by a Christmas gift of the humorous book In Me Own Words. Prior to that I had not considered the subject to any great degree one way or the other. I must have had a vague awareness that “they were out there,” and indeed had fond memories of the Ronald Olson 1977 docudrama Sasquatch, which I saw in the theatre as a teenager, and also the famous episode of In Search Of, my favorite TV series.
Much later I came to acknowledge a deep and atavistic connection to sasquatch which I am only now beginning to understand, small piece by small piece, even while my commitment to their “cause” grows more steadfast every day.
After being bitten in early 2005, I took the plunge and devoured every book, every issue of The Track Record, and every prior film that touched on the subject that I could get my hands on. Paralleling my developing interest in sasquatch was an interest in a particular area of southern Oregon where a drama had been unfolding surrounding salvage logging of Federal lands burnt in the 2002 Biscuit Fire. I became fascinated by the so-called Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, an ancient, biologically diverse, and mysterious land elegantly chronicled by David Rains Wallace in The Klamath Knot, a book that inspired the tone I hoped to achieve with my film.
As I developed the screenplay with an esteemed New York producer, Paul Mezey, whom I had known for many years, various stars (who would have enabled us to finance the picture at a larger budget) hovered around it. Every time I came close to setting the project up, however, invariably I ran up against the unwillingness of Hollywood to think in anything but the most clich̩ and untruthful terms when it comes to sasquatch. There had been intriguing smaller productions, independently financed Рsuch as the Little Bigfoot series and the animated Legend of Sasquatch with William Hurt Рthat had slipped in some fascinating and seemingly truthful tidbits of information. And despite its unlikely premise, Harry and the Hendersons played the very important role of defusing monster stereotypes and opening the door to a more reasoned understanding of sasquatch. I believe this is why it is beloved by so many to this day. (Joan Crawford had made the same pleas in a different and campier way decades earlier in Trog).
Because I was seeking at all costs a truthful depiction of sasquatch, it seemed that the best way to do it was against a realistic backdrop, sacrificing suspense if necessary for the sort of detail that would ground my heroine’s emotional journey. Indeed, her journey paralleled mine at every step.
Early drafts of the script were focussesd less on Sarah’s internal life and more on external circumstances, culminating in our hero-sasquatch showing up, messiah-like, in downtown Portland and making a big public splash: a rousing but not terribly realistic conclusion. He even hopped a freight train to get there. :)

2. With all the horrific movies about Bigfoot out there that depict Sasquatch as a horrific creature it was great to finally see a movie that got it right. Who were some researchers that you took from that helped you to make sure you got Sasquatch depicted on screen correctly and especially positively instead of negatively?
Christopher Munch: My first advisor was Thom Powell, whose book The Locals was the one I most admired from my early reading. He very generously took me into the field and introduced me to his trusted friends, Kirk Sigurdson (Kultus) and Joe Beelart. Thom and Kirk encouraged me to put myself in places where I could conceivably begin to have experiences of my own – something which, at the time, I assumed was beyond my understanding or ability. My actress friend Jeri Arredondo (who, along with Thom, Kirk, Kathleen Grevie Jones, Dee Odom, Andrew Robson, and Jann Weiss, is featured in my documentary Sasquatch and Us), also encouraged me to forge further by opening my heart to the mystical aspects of sasquatch as she understood them from her childhood in the Mescalero Apache nation.
A year or so into the project, I corresponded with and met Kewaunee Lapseritis (The Sasquatch People, The Psychic Sasquatch), who advanced my understanding further. As a consultant on the film, he accompanied me in the field and opened a number of doors. I have consistently found his information to be truthful, and if he was ever unsure of an answer to a question, he would never hesitate to say “I don’t know,” rather than speculate too wildly. He steadfastly honors sasquatch. While he has paid a high price for being at the vanguard of “the fringe” over the past 30 years, thankfully “the fringe” is now becoming un-fringe as many others recognize the value of his methodology, and realize that the only way to connect with sasquatch is through the heart.
Close to the start of production in 2009, I began to work with an exceptional interspecies communicator, Kathleen Grevie Jones, whose strong capabilities as a trance medium facilitated a more rigorous communication with sasquatch, and in fact resulted in the voice-over lines spoken by our hero sasquatch in the film. The words are theirs.

Yes, We’re Actually Still Looking for the Yeti | Smart News

By Paul H.


Many scientists make their careers out of searching for the seemingly unfindable. The Higgs Boson, dark matter, the secret, hidden pieces of our universe. Other scientists search for things that probably aren’t real at all. Like yetis. Researchers are about to embark on a quest to determine once and for all whether or not Yetis exist.

That’s right, a Yeti hunt. It’s got a fancier name – the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project – but it’s a serious, scientific, Yeti hunt.

The project focuses on DNA analysis. They’re accepting submissions of samples from pretty much anyone who thinks they have evidence of a Yeti. People send the material in to them, where it’s tested for DNA. That DNA can tell them a whole lot about whether the mythical beast exists.

Now, there have in fact been DNA tests on supposed Yeti samples before. Every time they’ve come back as being human. But DNA techniques have gotten better, and the scientists are willing to give it one last go. Well, at least some of them. BBC Futures sums up the scientific atmosphere:

It is likely that the project is the biggest and most comprehensive attempt yet to probe suspected “remains”. “Nothing like this, on this level, has been done before,” says Richard Freeman from the Centre for Fortean Zoology in the UK. But therein lies the rub.  For people like Freeman who devote their lives to looking for these creatures, it is the biggest signal yet that after years out in the cold mainstream science is finally taking the seriously. But for some scientists, the whole venture is an embarrassing curiosity to be held at arm’s length.

One of the scientists involved in the project, Bryan Sykes, sees this as a catch all for those who claim science brushes them off. ““It’s one of the claims by cryptozoologists that science does not take them seriously. Well, this is their chance. We are calling for people to send us their evidence, and we will test it through DNA analysis,” he told the BBC.

This DNA evidence will certainly not be a nail in any sort of Yeti coffin. Even if they find no evidence whatsoever of the yeti, many will still believe. Last year, the Huffington Post reported that some scientists were “95 percent certain” that they had found evidence of the Yeti. Before that, bigfoot “researchers” asked people in California for money to test whether the creature left residue behind on a pickup truck.

Even the director of the International Cryptozoology Museum is skeptical of many of these claims. He told The Huffington Post:

“This does not seem to be any more than what you hear about from weekend excursions in North America that go out, discovering some hair of undetermined origin, calling it ‘Bigfoot hair,’ then locating some broken branches and piled trees, saying it was made by Bigfoot, and finding footprints that look like Sasquatch tracks. These are not ‘proof’ that would hold up, zoologically.”

But even for Sykes, the geneticist behind the project, this is all a bit far fetched. He’s not ruling out the possibility of a new species – we discover new species all the time, many of them quite large. But he acknowledges that there will need to be some evidence. The BBC says, “he is also keen to point out that he is not – nor intends to become – a cryptozoologist. ‘I don’t not want to become completely eccentric,’ he adds.”

Yes, We’re Actually Still Looking for the Yeti |

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Are Sasquatch Warrior Gladiators Planted On Earth By Aliens? | Paranormal

Regardless of what they are called, Big Foot, Sasquatch, Yeti or EC ( Elder Children ). they are present on every continent on earth. Their own planet destroyed eons ago, they were brought here to survive and breed a superior warrior race.

They are great warriors and when called upon for battle on other planets, they are hunted by those that have planted them here on earth. Those that survive in battle are returned to there family’s..

This is a fresh article that I have found and by no means did I write this nor believe,I am just sharing!

The presence of the many UFO sightings are the ships that seek them for battle and those that return them.

They have survived here by being elusive and staying away from humans. They try to avoid contact with humans, but some or those that are tired of the many battles they have fought in and survived try to avoid those that hunt them for battle.

I by no means are an expert on their breed, but I know they want contact with me and when the time and place is right it will happen. My own type of research has shown me their presence.

Maybe the movie series The Planet Of The Apes is not as far fetched as some might think. The Alien Warriors however are not desendent from apes or a cross between apes and man, but their own race, their own breed and their own minds.

How can I be so sure as to what I have written here is true, I can’t, I just know.

If I can’t believe in myself, then who can I believe in.

A 1999 Google map image of a family being relocated into a safe haven here on earth. The voices that talk to me tell me where to go and look and see the wonders on by all places Google earth. Sorry I can’t share the location, as I’m sure someone will try and hunt them down. I have verified their presence at this location

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Bigfoot and the Native Perspective on Cherokee Hill | Paranormal

Bart Nunnelly is convinced that Bigfoot exists, and may even be thriving in the many remote wilderness areas of North America. He has good reason to think so. As co-owner and co-creator of Kentucky Bigfoot (with fellow Bigfoot researcher Charlie Raymond), Bart devotes a great deal of his time researching sightings and examining evidence of these remarkable forest giants in the Bluegrass State. And the evidence he’s gathered is both fascinating and compelling. Bart recently met with an eyewitness to these creatures, a Cherokee elder who took Bart on a journey into the heart of Bigfoot territory and provided detailed information about the giant from his own experiences as well as the age-old traditions of the Cherokee people, who know these creatures

(Note: The names of the locations in this report have been intentionally altered for the privacy of those involved.)

After learning from a local paranormal investigator friend of mine about an old Cherokee fellow who also claimed to be a Hebbardsville, Kentucky Bigfoot witness, a phone interview was arranged and conducted in November, 2006. The information proved correct. Not only did the witness describe repeated (often at will) sightings of groups of these hairy creatures since his childhood, he also claimed to be in possession of what he was convinced was an actual tooth, which he described as a canine, from one of these creatures. Moreover, he could describe, in great detail, the physiological features, general attitudes and predictable behavior of these mysterious “hillbillies” known to the rest of the world as Bigfoot.

After several more phone interviews a meeting was arranged and, under the promise of strict anonymity, M.F. (not his real initials) agreed to allow me to eventually photograph the alleged Bigfoot canine for possible identification.


M. F. lived only a short drive from the Hebbardsville area, only a twenty minute drive from my own doorstep. My heart sank at the sight of the closed and locked gate in front of the house. No one was home. He had warned me that he and his wife were taking a trip out of town that particular weekend, but expected to be back the previous night. Evidently they had not made it. I had tried phoning him that morning and his answering machine had picked up. I had hoped, in vain as it turned out, that he would be back before our 2 p.m. appointment. I waited for a few moments, then turned around and drove away, feeling somewhat defeated and tired from the morning’s excursion.

I arrived back home around 3 p.m. and kicked off my shoes, wincing at the dime-sized blister the rubber boot had left on my right heel. I was sore and nearly exhausted from all the walking. After reviewing the digital photos of the Pleasant Hill sighting area I decided a short nap would be in order, so I turned on the rotating fan and lay down on the sofa. No sooner had I closed my eyes when the phone rang. It was M.F. He explained that his wife had took ill on their trip, forcing them to stay away an extra night. They had only just arrived back home. He was still willing to meet with me, he said, if I didn’t mind driving back out to Hebbardsville. I looked at the clock. It was well after three already with less than two hours of daylight left. I told him that I was on my way.

I found the gentleman to be pleasant, friendly, down to earth and of obvious intelligence. He immediately pulled the tooth out of his pocket. It did resemble a human canine, or eye-tooth, only about three times as large. I examined it and noted the obvious authenticity and great antiquity of the object, taking several photographs. It was complete with most of the root system still intact. The outer edges were very slightly serrated, almost imperceptibly, which I found most unusual. He viewed the tooth as a scared object, he had told me during one of our previous phone conversations, and he would consent to no DNA testing because to do this would mean that at least a partial destruction of the tooth would occur. He could never allow that to happen. Nor would he allow it to depart his possession in any way or for any length of time.


As a matter of fact, he had informed me that he didn’t really care at all to try and prove the existence of these creatures to anyone. They had always been a fact of life to his people. Evidence of his Cherokee heritage was strewn about his yard, flower beds and doorsteps, and worn proudly around his neck. These creatures were the “Old People of the Forest,” he told me, and their reality caused no controversy except to the whites. It would be amusing if not for the fact that in their ignorance, the logging and mining of the white man was causing the rapid desecration and destruction of the Bigfoot’s habitat – land considered sacred by the Indians since the beginning of history.

“Can you show me where they lived?” I asked.

There was daylight left. He asked me if I cared to take a ride.

M. F.’s story was an interesting one. He had first been exposed to the creatures while growing up in the Spottsville, Reed areas, although at least two earlier generations of his family had their own tales of sightings and strange happenings. He remembered his great grandfather recounting how he had run outside one night after he’d heard some kind of commotion to see one of the “old people” carrying off two of his full grown sows, one under each arm, like they were piglets. It swiftly made its escape even though the pigs weighed about 200 lbs. each!

Around the time of the “Spottsville Monster” events of 1975, his brother was finding strangely mutilated dead cattle. He had lost six head that year. Literally. All six carcasses were found with their heads torn off and missing. They only found one head, he claimed, and it was stripped to the bone and missing the lower mandible. None of the other meat on the carcasses was consumed or even disturbed. When the family moved across the Green River to Hebbardsville, the sightings continued. In fact, he claimed that from the late 1960s until the early to mid-’70s hardly any weekend went by when he and a car load of friends didn’t park near the intersection of Ash Flats and Old Bell roads and observe groups of these creatures, ranging in number from four individuals up to as many as fifteen or better, engaged in the act of eating bitter roots and grass. There were countless sightings, he claimed, by dozens of different individuals.

“Were they hairy Indians?” I asked.


“No”, he said. They were not Indians of any type. They had black skin and an average size of eight to ten feet tall, although he had seen one awhile back that was at least a twelve-footer. Their eyes were a dark brown color with no visible whites or irises. They were bearded, had thin lips, a weak chin and a flat, wide nose, like individuals of African descent. They had normal-looking hands of a large size with pale-colored palms, but their feet had an opposing toe sticking out at an angle away from the other four toes, like an ape’s or chimp’s. They had extremely long arms that hung down past their knees and could run quadrupedally 35 to 40 mph. The females also possessed beards, though shorter than the males’. They were of more stocky build, had furry breasts and carried their young beneath them clinging to their bellies. He described the males as being covered with short, straight, usually dark hair, with longer areas of about six inches at the beard, backs of the head and genital areas.

“Pull over here”, M.F. said as we approached a medium-sized muddy creek at the Old Bell, Ash Flats location. I pulled over and we got out. This was the place, he told me, that he and scores of friends had witnessed these creatures feeding countless times. According to him, they didn’t seem to mind being watched. Unless someone got out of the car. Then they would all rush into the creek and be gone in an instant. They traveled the creeks, he claimed. The water would wash away the tracks and they were excellent swimmers if the water was up.


After photographing the location, I asked him if he could take me to the place where he found the tooth. He said nothing for several seconds as he carefully considered the request. I was beginning to think that I had overstepped my bounds, as it were, when he looked up. He would take me there, he answered, if I promised never to disclose the location. It was a sacred place, he explained – a burial place of the Cherokee people and home to other powerful legendary beings as well as the “old people”. I agreed and we got back into the truck.

We traveled a short distance from the Ash Flats area and stopped. “Follow me…” he said, and started up a thickly forested ridge. Although he was nearly 60 years old, he ascended the steep terrain as nimbly as a jack rabbit and, after a short but vigorous trek, we crested another large hill and stopped. “Look freely,” he said. “Take pictures, but nothing else.”

I looked around. We stood at the rim of a forested ridge which wound around the area like a dark circle, forming an impressive natural amphitheater. The bottom of the “bowl” formation was mostly clear and somehow comfortable looking even now. All around me were graves, stacked in layers, some ancient beyond reckoning. Many were marked with stones onto which Cherokee petroglyphs and letters were carved. I had hunted Indian artifacts nearly all my life, but had never seen a single stone in Henderson County bearing intact Native American images or writing. Now I was surrounded by them.

“This place is called ‘The Great Hill’ by my people,” M.F. told me. Here were buried the bodies of the famous Cherokee chieftain, Double Head, his daughter, Corn Blossom and countless others. I snapped pictures one after another while the sunlight faded much too swiftly. Daniel Boone, pioneer hero of old, had written of this place. Twice Boone was taken prisoner by the Shawnee just across the Green river. Twice his freedom was bartered for and obtained by the friendly Cherokee. Two heavily weathered stones still bore his name and short messages, carved by Boone’s own hand during his stay there over 200 years ago.

Still other stones were carved with images of corn stalks, deer and sun. Three stones displayed the likenesses of strange faces. No one knew who most of the graves belonged to. This was the final resting place of the “Great Chiefs” of antiquity, whose names were lost forever. Stone circles were present. Raking back the dead leaves revealed a wealth of stone artifacts still lying where their makers had placed them so many generations ago. This was also the sacred home of other mythical beings from tribal lore, he told me. They were called “The Little People,” tiny humanoids standing only two feet tall, who could be either friendly or malignant depending on the content of one’s heart.

During heavy rains some of the graves would wash out, I was informed, and M.F. had needed to re-inter some of the bones on occasion. He had found the tooth several years ago here, in 2004, at the foot of the hill, washed up by the rushing water. No other creature native to this area had teeth like it, he felt sure.

The claim was intriguing but not unprecedented. There are many 19th and early 20th century reports of the unearthing of giant human, or humanlike, skeletal remains in the Bluegrass State. Most were said to have been taken from Indian burial grounds, but not all. M. F.’s own mother had told him how she had witnessed the excavation of one such skeleton in Beals, Kentucky back in the 1920s. Workmen had unearthed the skeleton while trying to bridge a creek. She said it was measured and found to be 12 feet tall! As with all the old reports, the remains fell into the hands of private owners and out of common knowledge. Admittedly, this was the first time that I had been able to personally view an alleged tooth from one of these giants.

“The whites don’t know about this place,” M.F. said. “If they were to find out…”

He didn’t need to finish the statement. I knew exactly what would happen if the location was ever made public. Hordes of relict hunters would descend upon the location and have it stripped clean, all 15 acres of it, within a week.


“Can you keep this secret, Bart?” he asked.

I looked squarely into his wizened, intelligent eyes. “You can trust me,” I said.

He smiled good-naturedly. “I know.”

As the last feeble rays of the sun disappeared and we were left standing in the darkness surrounded by trees and human graves, I knew it was time to take my leave. I vowed to return again soon, however, for better pictures and more conversation if he’d have me. “Any time,” was his reply. I had made a new friend, it seemed, one who struck me as being perhaps the most knowledgeable person regarding Bigfoot that I had ever met. I had obtained both the story and the pictures that I sought. And much more.

I took many photographs of this extraordinary location, both out of my own fascination regarding the history of the site and the significance of the fact that the giant tooth had been found there. I am indebted to M.F. for the opportunity to do so. With his help I was also able to sketch a facial study of these particular humanoid’s features for all to view. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to this man for agreeing to speak with me, sharing some secrets and showing me such an interesting and historically significant location. A location unlike any other that I have ever personally witnessed.



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Is Bigfoot Possibly an Alien Entity? | Paranormal

Rather than being a missing link between man and the apes, Bigfoot may possibly be an alien entity. This intriguing possibility is derived from evidence in several solid UFO cases.

The earliest clues date back to 1888, when a cattleman described an encounter with friendly Indians in Humboldt County, California. They led him to a cave where he saw a hefty humanoid creature covered in long, shiny black hair, with no neck, sitting cross-legged.

One Indian told him three of these “Crazy Bears” had been cast out of a small moon that dropped from the sky and landed.The “moon” then ascended back into the air. So it’s highly likely the “Crazy Bears” were really Bigfoots, and the “moon,” a spacecraft.

Now fast-forward almost 100 years to 1973… and Mrs. Reafa Heitfield. She and her 13-year-old son were sleeping in a trailer in Cincinnati, Ohio on the morning of October 21. Reafa arose at 2:30 a.m. to quench her thirst, and noticed strange lights in the adjoining parking lot. Looking out the window, her attention was drawn, in particular, to an inexplicable cone of light, shaped like a huge bubble umbrella — about seven feet in diameter.

Nearby she spotted a grayish, ape-like creature with a large, downward angled snout, no neck and a sizable waist. Moving slowly, it then entered into the light. About five minutes later, both apeman and UFO disappeared.

Another dramatic incident occurred a few days later on October 25, 1973. A group of farmers in Fayette County, Pennsylvania caught sight of a dome-shaped UFO that was brightly lit and about 100 feet in diameter. As the locals drove toward it, they saw a pair of gargantuan creatures covered with thick, matted hair, luminescent green eyes and long arms that dangled below their knees.

A farmer’s son fired a gun shot at the creatures, one of which raised its right hand in the air. At that very moment, the UFO disappeared. Then, the two Bigfoots escaped into the woods and were never seen again.

Dairy farmer William Bosak of Frederic, Wisconsin was returning from a co-op meeting about 10:30 p.m. on December 9, 1974, when he nearly slammed into a globular UFO on the road in front of him, its bottom half enshrouded in fog.

Inside the visible transparent dome was a six-foot-tall ape-like creature with reddish-brown fur covering its body (except for the face) and distinctive pointed ears. It appeared to be operating a control panel. As Bosak passed by, the object suddenly arose and disappeared.

In August,1976, after a series of UFO sightings around Rutland, British Columbia, Canada, several men and their children saw a hairy ape-like entity, six to seven feet tall roaming about a mountainside. They also found a clump of hair that was sent to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for identification. Laboratory analysis confirmed it was primate hair, but, significantly, it could not be matched to any known species on earth!

Perhaps the Bigfoot creatures are UFO pilots, landing on earth for exploratory purposes. Or, conceivably, higher level ETs are leaving behind some specimens as “guinea pigs” to test our environment for long-term survival. Or, possibly,these Bigfoots are criminal entities being deposited on Earth as a form of cosmic deportation!




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Yetis in the lab: The search for mythical beasts


Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yowie - names that conjure up images of giant reclusive creatures that never quite stay still long enough for the photographer to focus their camera.

Over the years, hundreds of sightings of these supposedly mythical beasts have been recorded around the world by the public and so-called cryptozoologists, who scour the world in search of evidence for their existence. “Proof” comes in many forms, from fuzzy photographs and shaky videos to plaster casts of footprints and tufts of hair. But, as yet, none of these encounters has provided any conclusive evidence and cryptozoology remains a field largely disregarded by science. Instead, with a knowing look and a snigger, “sightings” of “cryptids” are explained away as hoaxes, existing species or the products of over excited imaginations.

So it makes it all the more extraordinary that established scientists would become involved in a search that, on the face of it, looks like it could help to prove whether or not these undocumented creatures exist. But, in May of this year, researchers from Switzerland and the UK did just that when they launched the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project.

“It’s one of the claims by cryptozoologists that science does not take them seriously. Well, this is their chance. We are calling for people to send us their evidence, and we will test it through DNA analysis,” says Bryan Sykes, a professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford in the UK.

It is likely that the project is the biggest and most comprehensive attempt yet to probe suspected “remains”. “Nothing like this, on this level, has been done before,” says Richard Freeman from the Centre for Fortean Zoology in the UK. But therein lies the rub.  For people like Freeman who devote their lives to looking for these creatures, it is the biggest signal yet that after years out in the cold mainstream science is finally taking the seriously. But for some scientists, the whole venture is an embarrassing curiosity to be held at arm’s length.

Sykes is no stranger to media storms. As well as his work retrieving ancient DNA samples and mapping human migration through DNA analysis, he is also the founder of a business called Oxford Ancestors, which helps people trace their relatives through DNA for a fee. In 2003, the company claimed that an accountant from South Florida was a direct descendent of the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan – something that sparked headlines around the world. Later analysis – and headlines –suggested that his company’s interpretation was incorrect.

Hair today...

If the episode scarred Sykes, it does not show. His new project was similarly announced to much fanfare, again sending headline writers into overdrive. “Scientists seek big genes of bigfoot”, read one. But the professor says that the response was to be expected. Myths and legends about these creatures loom large in every culture and the idea of finally finding solid evidence for their existence is appealing, no matter who you are. “It’s a story that just does not go away, we are so intrigued by these quests for the unknown, even doubters want to hear about developments,” he says.

For his own part, he says that he sees “no reason why there cannot be species not yet known to science”, but adds the caveat that he would “need to see the evidence”. He is also keen to point out that he is not – nor intends to become – a cryptozoologist. “I don’t not want to become completely eccentric,” he adds. 

The idea for the project came about in 2011 when Sykes visited Dr Michel Sartori, the Director of the Museum of Zoology in Lausanne in Switzerland. Out of sheer curiosity, Sykes had gone to view the museum’s extensive library of books on cryptozoology, including over 40,000 documents and photos from a collection donated by the late Belgian-French scientist Bernard Heuvelmans.  He was a trained zoologist, who also spent much of his life looking for cryptids. The museum holds many of his books, such as In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents, which records “sightings” of giant squids and whale-like animals.

During the visit, the pair began to wonder if they could build on Huevelmans’s work and expand the museum’s display. “We started to think it would really enhance the collection if we also had specimens of ‘cryptids’ on show,” says Sartori.

And so the Hominid project was born. The team have put a call out for people around the world to submit samples to the team before September, along with theories about what they could be. They then plan to use DNA barcoding to test each specimen. It is a technique that is widely used in biology. For example it is used by food inspectors to check what is served up on a plate is what a restaurant says it is. Customs officials also use it to stop trafficking of illegal animal parts, whilst field biologists use it to identify organisms. In all cases the technique is largely the same. A sequence of DNA is extracted from an organism or sample of interest and then compared against a DNA bank.

In the case of the Collateral Hominid Project, the team will largely focus on hair samples – the most commonly presented physical evidence to back up claims of sightings.

“Up until the last couple of years, you needed quite a lot of biological material … and often the results were inconclusive,” said Sykes. “Now, all we need is a small amount of hair.”

Hair is useful because the keratin – a kind of biological plastic that encases the hair shaft -  protects the DNA that it contains from the contamination and degradation that can affect DNA from other parts of the body, such as teeth and bone. Once they have extracted a sample, the will compare it to the billions of sequences published online, such as at Genbank (managed by the National Institutes of Health in the US). If the sequence is different to those known from existing species it may be a new species. The more DNA that is used, the more reliable the comparison.

‘Hidden from view’

But even if the team find a sequence of DNA that has no match in the world’s databases it does not automatically mean that the creature is a mythical beast, says Albert Zink, an anthropologist at the European Academy of Bolzano in Italy who questions the validity of the whole enterprise. “It could be a sample of an extinct animal that has nothing to do with the Yeti myth,” he explains.

Sykes admits that might be the case but he is unconcerned. Although the search for Yeti DNA grabbed the headlines, it is part of a bigger project charting the relationship between our own species and others. It could even help identify new species of hominid - a general term archaeologists and paleontologists use for humans and our ancestors.  The team want to use the samples to narrow down their search for unknown species – alive or dead, mythical or not. If the DNA tests find something of interest, the thinking goes, the team can began to look for other clues – potentially in the area where the sample was found. Cryptids became involved because, along with unstudied primate species and subspecies of bears, some people believe the legends could describe distant relations.

"Theories as to what Yetis are... range from surviving collateral hominid species, such as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo floresiensis, to large primates like Gigantopithecus, which were widely thought to be extinct,” says Sykes. 


These theories were given a boost in 2004 when scientists published details of skeletal remains of a species of human (Homo floresiensis) from the Indonesian island of Flores, in the journal Nature. The adult species, previously unknown to science, was just 1m (3ft) tall and was likely a descendent of Homo Erectus, which arrived on the island 900,000 years ago. As far as scientists can tell, the “hobbit”, as it was nicknamed, survived for thousands of years unnoticed by modern humans and was still alive as recently as 12,000 years. 

Finds like this make it more likely that accounts of mythical, human-like creatures could be founded on grains of truth, some say. For example, the Indonesian cryptid Orang Pendek (“short person”) is often described in Indonesian folklore as a small, hairy, manlike creature not dissimilar to Homo floresiensis.

As Henry Gee, an editor at the respected Nature Journal, wrote in 2004 following the discovery: “In the light of the Flores skeleton, a recent initiative to scour central Sumatra for 'Orang Pendek' can be viewed in a more serious light.

He also argued that new species of mammal – including oxen - are still occasionally discovered by scientists. “If animals as large as oxen can remain hidden into an era when we would expect that scientists had rustled every tree and bush in search of new forms of life, there is no reason why the same should not apply to new species of large primate, including members of the human family,” he wrote.

Gee has since stepped away from the debate, but it’s a theory that others buy into. “Given how people are encroaching on wilderness areas, it seems increasingly unlikely that large mammals, and especially human-like species, remain undocumented,” says Dr Murray Cox from the Institute of Molecular BioSciences, Massey University in New Zealand. “However, some parts of the world, including the Himalayas and the arctic forests of North America, still show very limited impact by humans. So perhaps the possibility of new mammal species there cannot be completely discounted.”

‘Proper science’

But, others are less forgiving. According to Prof. Darren Curnoe of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Australia, the chances of finding a completely new species of hominid are remote. He is also critical of the project efforts, especially linking it to the possibility of finding a Yeti.

“There are far better ways to spend scarce funding for science than chasing mythological creatures and more than enough real and mind-boggling mysteries in nature to keep many generations of scientists busy,” he says.

Sykes has heard that kind of criticism ever since the project started. Although he admits that the project is speculative and unlikely to find a new species of hominid, he argues the search is still valid.

“Science does not accept or reject hypotheses but evaluates them on the basis of evidence,” he says. “This is why I am confident that examining the evidence of alleged Yetis does not fall outside the realm of proper scientific enquiry.”

And, of course, the project has captured the public’s imagination in a way that much of science does not. Put simply, the idea of a Yeti – or some other undocumented mythical beast from folklore – remains a seductive idea for humans. It taps into our desire to explore and understand the world around us, and to believe there are still things left to be discovered. It is part of the reason there was recently a team of 38 people tramping into the remote mountains of the Shennongjia nature reserve in Hubei, China, in search of the yeren. And part of the reason that countless teams over the last 100 years have probed forests, mountains, jungles and islands from the Himalayas to Borneo in search of them.


But the fate of these kind of expeditions – and the entire field of cryptozoology - could soon be decided by Sykes and his team. If the Oxford Lausanne project finds something interesting, it opens up the possibility of further attention from mainstream science. But another possibility is that the team races through all of the samples in the museum and proves that all of them come from species already known to science. Certainly history suggests this outcome is likely.

For example a “Yeti finger” that lay in the Royal College of Surgeons museum in London since the 1950s was tested in 2011, revealing that the remains were in fact human. Whilst in 2008, tests on hairs collected in India that were also said to have come for a showed they came from a species of Himalayan goat. Countless other examples have met with similar results.

If that is the case, the current saviour of cryptozoology could become its own worst enemy. And then, Sartori says, it will be time for believers to put up or shut up.

“We are challenging the people who claim to have seen the Yeti or the Orang Pendek to show us real evidence, or otherwise hold your peace,” he says.






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