Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Scientific study of bigfoot

Bigfoot & Yeti DNA Study Gets Serious
Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor

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.
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DNA to shed light on yeti claims
A UK-Swiss team will use DNA testing to investigate the origins of remains claimed to be from yeti and bigfoot.The project will examine hair, bone and other material from a collection amassed by a Swiss biologist - and will invite submissions from elsewhere.Many cultures relate legends of hairy, humanoid creatures that lurk in the wilds, rarely seen.But material claimed to be from such creatures have never been subjected to modern scientific techniques."It's an area that any serious academic ventures into with a deal of trepidation... It's full of eccentric and downright misleading reports," said Prof Bryan Sykes, from Oxford University.The researchers will apply a systematic approach and employ the latest advances in genetic testing, aiming to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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