Although so many “bullet-proof” evidences were proved to be false, there still is a lot of controversy regarding the existence of Bigfoot. European scientists decided to give the story one more shot and are preparing for a serious hunt. At the moment, the scientists are after Bigfoot hair samples for their study. Have any lying around?
Many scientists today have a hard time trying to take serious a study on Bigfoot. The subject still sparks controversy and many of those daring to take on such a particular study are often under scrutiny. However, the study should at least conclude once and for all if Bigfoot is for real.
Earlier this week, Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology announced the project. To begin the hunt for Bigfoot, scientists have requested hair samples from museums, collectors, fans and peer scientists. The idea is to perform an in depth analysis of the DNA in the Bigfoot hair samples.
By looking at the DNA samples, scientists hope to rule whether or not Bigfoot has ever existed. Oxford’s statement reads: “As part of a larger enquiry into the genetic relationship between our own species Homo sapiens and other hominids, we invite submission of organic material from formally undescribed species or cryptids”. The request also reads that the purpose of the research is “species identification by genetic means”.
Cryptids is a term that refers to many other creatures than Bigfoot or Yeti. It encompasses all the animals, species, creatures that have never been confirmed to have existed, despite controversial evidence.
Bigfoot might not be the only cryptid that has puzzled men, but he is among the most popular. There are many theories regarding Bigfoot. The legendary hairy ape is thought by some to be a hominid species such as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo florensiesis. Others think that he is in fact a Gigantopithecus, a large primate that is extinct. There are also some theories claiming that this legendary creature is in fact an unstudied bear or primate species.
Mark Thomas is a professor of evolutionary genetics in London. He thinks that the study is not a waste of time. “It’s not as insane an idea as many might think, but the chances are pretty small” explains Thomas pointing out the fact that if Yetis are for real, they might “a small population vulnerable to extinction”.