A major Bigfoot DNA hair study -- the first ever peer-reviewed study of its kind concerning the elusive man-ape creature and its hominid cousins -- involving three dozen hair samples conducted over the past two years has yielded signifcant finds. That is, significant if you've always been a skeptic of the Bigfoot or Yeti legend. But if you're a Sasquatch believer, well, then, the findings from the DNA tests done by Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology might be a bit depressing.
Newsmax reported July 2 that there were 36 hair samples collected from an open call in 2012 for museums, scientists and Bigfoot aficionados to send in samples of hair puported to be of the legendary cryptids (creatures or plants that may exist but aren't currently accepted as real by the scientific community). Of the 36, not one contained the DNA of something unfamiliar to scientists.
What the researchers found were bits of hair commonly associated with the fur of common animals found traversing the woodlands and mountainous areas of the world -- cows, bears, wolves, deer, horses, sheep and raccoons. There were also a few samples from more exotic animals as well, like a tapir and a porcupine. There was even a sample from a human being.
But no Bigfoot DNA...
Bryan Sykes of Oxford University led the study, admitting, "I thought there was about a 5 percent chance of finding a sample from a Neanderthal or (a Yeti)."
He found neither...
But like a true Bigfoot hunter, Sykes does not see a total debunking of the Bigfoot legend and will not forego his quest to find a Yeti or Sasquatch, noting that the study does not prove that Bigfoot does not exist.
"The fact that none of these samples turned out to be (a Yeti) doesn't mean the next one won't."
The study did turn up an interesting find: Scientists discovered two samples that came from ancient polar bears of the Himalayas. The interesting part? Those types of bears were not known to live there, suggesting, said Sykes, that there could be a new or hybrid bear species of polar bear roaming the Himalayas.
Perhaps a search for the new polar bear species could lead to the first face-to-face with the Yeti, otherwise famously known as the Abominable Snowman.
Why a face-to-face encounter? Because most people remain skeptical that Bigfoot and Bigfoot-like hominids actually exist. Most would not take a mere hair sample as proof, either. There would have to be something more substantial, more tangible, even more visual for many to alter their thinking and accept that an overly large hirsute and bipedal creature actually roams the planet -- and so stealthily in doing so that he remains undetected by naturalists and scientists alike.
Stuart Pimm, a Duke University ecologist, told Newsmax by email: "Those who believe in the Yeti, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster need basic instruction in sex. Each Yeti has two parents, four grandparents and so on. There should have been herds of (Yetis). Where were they hiding?"
Regardless, a Public Policy Polling survey released in April 2013 found that 14 percent of American voters believe in the existence of Bigfoot.