Oxford Scholars Search for Yeti
Will use genetic analysis in serious investigation
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 22, 2012 4:47 PM CDT
Oxford researchers are determined to figure out if the yeti exists.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The search for the yeti is going high-tech. Thanks to genetic analysis, Oxford researchers hope to say for sure whether the creature of lore exists, Gizmodo reports. Working in conjunction with the Lausanne Museum of Zoology, researchers are asking people who claim to have evidence of the yeti to send in their samples for investigation. The scholars would especially like to collect pieces of hair.

There are many theories as to the origins of the creature, which has been reported all over the world, a scientist tells Wired.co.uk. (Generally speaking, the US version is Bigfoot.) They could be "collateral hominid species, such as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo floresiensis," or "large primates," or even bear subspecies. "Mainstream science remains unconvinced by these reports both through lack of testable evidence and the scope for fraudulent claims," he notes. But new analysis techniques offer "identification that is unbiased, unambiguous and impervious to falsification."

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fractal
May 23, 2012 12:54 AM CDT
And all they found was the Yeti within...
Stringfellow
May 22, 2012 9:43 PM CDT
Yeti/Bigfoot is Homo Erectus.....which ascended to the 4th Dimension 13 Millienia ago...it has 12 strand dna and has the ability for telepathy....it can at will move from 4th dimension to 3rd and back....so it can be seen at times....
Non-deep-thinker
May 22, 2012 8:15 PM CDT
He's all over the world, but he's never been found. Okay, that sounds likely.