Bigfoot hair samples have been the topic of some debate among scientists, some of whom believed the samples collected were real, while others said they weren’t.
But now, the ongoing debate is becoming much more one-sided, as scientists who analysed 30 hair samples, supposedly from Bigfoot, found them to be from animals such as bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.
Back in 2012, Oxford University researchers, along with scientists from the Lausanne Museum of Zoology, called on Bigfoot enthusiasts from around the world to share hair samples they had, which they thought might be from the ape-like beasts.
Bryan Sykes from Oxford University, who pioneered the research into the Bigfoot hair samples, told reporters: “I thought there was about a 5 percent chance of finding a sample from a Neanderthal or (a Yeti).”
However, all of the hair samples tested by Sykes, which came from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia and the U.S., were from either bears, horses, deer, and even humans.
Even though these samples failed to make the case for those who believe in Bigfoot and other mythological creatures, Sykes acknowledged that doesn’t mean they don’t exist: “The fact that none of these samples turned out to be (a Yeti) doesn’t mean the next one won’t,” he said.
But not everyone is quite as optimistic, or easygoing as Professor Sykes when it comes to the Bigfoot issue. For example, Todd Disotell, a professor of anthropology at New York University, said he would want more solid proof than Bigfoot hair samples: “I would want visual or physical proof, like a body part, on top of the DNA evidence,” he said.
If Bigfoot does exist, according to Stuart Pimm, an ecologist at Duke University, there would be a lot more evidence than just some hairs:
“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?” he asked.