Do you have some samples of bigfoot’s hair lying around? A group of researchers from Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology would probably like to talk to you.
The researchers are hoping to analyze DNA from several bigfoot hair samples in order to prove, or disprove, the existence of bigfoot.
The Associated Press reports that the scientists are calling for all bigfoot aficionados to contact them with hair, blood, or other samples related to the mythical beast. Bryan Sykes of Oxford University said that he has already received several samples and the group is ready to start genetic testing.
Mark Thomas, a professor of evolutionary genetics at University College London, said:
“If the Yeti is real and somebody has found bits of their hair, you should be able to tell from the DNA in the hair if this is actually a Yeti… If Yetis have survived for the last 30,000 years, they have probably had a pretty miserable existence and are a small population vulnerable to extinction… It’s not as insane an idea as many might think, but the chances are pretty small.”
Thomas, who is not connected with the study, said that the DNA testing could show whether the Yeti is a new species or if it’s related to apes or humans. Of course, it could also prove that bigfoots (bigfeets?) are actually elves.
The new bigfoot study has the conspiracy theory community pretty excited, but David Frayer, a professor of biological anthropology at Kansas University, warns sasquatch lovers not to get their hopes up. Frayer said that hair studies have been done in the past. It turns out, most yeti hair comes from buffalos.
“No serious scientist (would) treat Yeti as a worthy research project. (Previous studies have been done) and they turned out to be from a bison.”
What do you think about the new yeti study? Do you have any bigfoot hair samples that you want analyzed?
A bigfoot finger was put through some DNA testing last year. It turned out to be just a really old finger.