China to explore virgin forest home of 'Bigfoot'
Researchers will start exploring large areas of primitive forest this month in the Shennongjia region of central China's Hubei province, local authorities said Sunday. A group of 38 experts from several universities and research institutions will begin the expedition on July 8, according to a statement from the Shennongjia Nature Reserve's management bureau.The trip is scheduled to last through August, the statement said.The group will focus on studying the region's animals, plants and land features and will publish its research results later, it said. Located deep in the remote mountains of Hubei, the Shennongjia Nature Reserve has long been rumored to be the home of an elusive creature known in China as the "Yeren," or "Wild Man" in English. It is also referred to as "Bigfoot" after the legendary North American ape-man. More than 400 people have claimed to have seen the Yeren in the Shennongjia area over the past century, but no hard evidence has been found to prove the creature's existence.
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No scientific proof of mermaids, US oceanic agency says vs faux documentary
So much for finding Ariel. As far as scientists are concerned, there is no scientific proof of mermaids yet, the United States' oceanic body insisted this week. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stressed this about a month after a science TV show featuring mermaids was aired."But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists," the NOAA said. Yet, it noted the half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea had been chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial. It added the belief in mermaids may have started at the dawn of our species.