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Bigfoot hair samples: DNA testing makes big discovery? Analysis finds no proof

Alleged Bigfoot hair samples had believers of the mythical yeti monster clamoring to see whether science might prove Bigfoot does indeed exist. However, DNA testing this week has unfortunately made a discovery that is decidedly less interesting; apparently, the recovered samples were from an assortment of wild animals, like bears and wolves. Nonetheless, reveals NBC News this Tuesday, July 1, it is likely that an enduring analysis and investigation to find proof of this creature will still continue in the future.

Bigfoot hair samples might prove this mystical monster exists
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If people’s sightings aren’t enough to prove this hairy monster’s existence, then DNA testing of Bigfoot’s own hair samples will have to do. U.S. scientists launched a brief investigation into over 30 hair samples that hunters claimed were left in the wake of Bigfoot’s massive tread. Although mythical aficionados may have hoped the study would shed light on its reality, the actual proof was not nearly as big in this “discovery.” It seems the bits of hair were in fact only left from much more common animals, including raccoon, wolves, bears, and coyotes.

This expansive search to find evidence of Bigfoot stems back to 2012, when an expert team of researchers from the Lausanne Museum of Zoology combined forces with officials from Oxford University in an attempt to prove that the disappearing giant — who is sometimes affectionately nicknamed as the Yeti or even the ancient Neanderthal — was real. They sent out a public request for people who allegedly came in contact with Bigfoot, asking that they send forth any data, information, or samples they had that might have come from the legendary creature.

According to Fox News, the researchers were hopeful, though realistic, in their beliefs. They thought that there was a very small possibility of collecting actual Bigfoot hair samples. A total of 36 “unknown and unclassified” hairs were involved in the breakthrough experiment.

"I thought there was about a 5 percent chance of finding a sample from a Neanderthal or (a Yeti)," said Bryan Sykes of Oxford University, who led the research in the hopes of making a big discovery.

The samples that might give proof of a potential Bigfoot were transferred from all over the globe, including such distant locations as Russia, India, Indonesia, South America, Bhutan, and of course, the U.S. nation. Using a complex process of DNA sequencing and matching those strands with confirmed animals, scientists were able to rule out the specific type of hair and where it originated.

Apparently, the 36 bits of hair came from a myriad of sources, including porcupine, horse, bear, tapir, sheep, and even one that came from a (yes, verified) human being. Though disappointed in this outcome, Sykes wants to make clear that his investigation’s findings do not necessarily mean that Bigfoot or any related mythical monsters aren’t real. There simply isn’t any proof at this point in time.

"The fact that none of these samples turned out to be (a Yeti) doesn't mean the next one won't," he said. “Our scientists did manage to find two distinct samples from ancient polar bears in the Himalayas, who are not known to live there. [The discovery] suggests there could be a new or hybrid bear species out there.”

Apparently, Bigfoot hair samples won’t be enough to be the evidence that experts (or the public at large) needs, it seems. After all, even if a genetic strand in a new analysis of some unknown creature were found, researchers would require a body part or some other concrete sample from the entity to compare it with. And if Bigfoot is real, they argue, there is going to be a lot more confirmation out there than mere pieces of hair.

"I would want visual or physical proof, like a body part, on top of the DNA evidence," said Todd Disotell, a professor of anthropology at New York University. He warned Bigfoot enthusiasts not to make assumptions when they find weird things in the forest. "Every mammal in the forest leaves hair and poop behind and that's what we've found," he said. "Just not the big guy himself."

Earlier this year, even before “evidence” of Bigfoot hair samples were disclosed as part of this scientific study, mythical monster hunter Rick Dyer claimed that he not only saw, but caught and killed Bigfoot. The yeti investigator revealed that he managed to fatally shoot the massive beast, and has since posted a number of persuasive photos online as “proof” that he indeed has the corpse of the real thing. Do you believe Bigfoot exists?

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