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Source of Bigfoot Hairs Discovered

July 2, 2014

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Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes teamed up with a number of other researches to analyze more than 30 hair samples "attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates."

The results, published in an issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Academy B, concluded the hair samples came from animals like bears, wolves, cows, raccoons and horses. One sample was matched to a human and another was matched to a goat-like animal called a serow.

"I don't think this finishes the Bigfoot myth at all," Sykes told NBC News. "What it does do is show that there is a way for Bigfoot enthusiasts to go back out into the forest and get the real thing."

The researchers tested 36 hair samples from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia and the United States.

Sykes wasn't disappointed by the results of the analysis and he's even organizing an expedition to the Himalayas next year to look for a Yeti. "That's the next logical step," he said. "We need a live 'Yeti.'"

The geneticist and his team were also applauded for bringing a scientific approach to what many might regard as an unscientific subject.

"Science is not biased against the identification of cryptid species," said Norman MacLeod, a paleontologist at London's Natural History Museum. "It simply suspends judgment until unambiguous positive evidence is produced."

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Original headline: Bigfoot hair samples are actually from wolves, bears and even a human



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