Researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology are asking anyone who has cryptozoological material to submit a description of it in order that some may be genetically tested for identification. The researchers are trying to rule out that Neanderthal or Denisovan still exist in small numbers in remote parts of the world. Per the article:
One theory about the yeti is that it belongs to small relic populations of other hominids, such as Neanderthals or Denisovans. While Sykes said this idea is unlikely to be proven true, "if you don't look, you won't find it." The collection phase of the project will run through September, with genetic testing following that through November. After that, Sykes said, they will write up the results for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal; this would be the first such publication of cryptozoology results, he said.
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This is just plain idiocy. A poor hairless dog stuck in a cage is even being considered as a possible Bigfoot? No offense but give me the biggest fuckin break!
And who cares if there is a Bigfoot? Leave it alone. If it exists and hasn't come out to say Hello, or come out on the back of a rednecks ATV then it's hiding for a reason. Because humans aren't half as civil as forest animals are.
The upside is that supposed evidence of Bigfoot will very probably be exposed as false going a long way toward putting to rest the speculation that Bigfoot actually exists. I think the researchers are anticipating this as a worthwhile end.
There is no "Upside" in what you are saying. Every bit of supposed evidence that bigfoot was real has been proven false, but I am an animal lover and that bald dog in the cage is the reason why everyone who is looking for a big-foot should be shot in the head.
Get a fucking job, there is NO big-foot. No matter how much of your uncle's hootch you drink won't change that fact!
That is a bad way to try to convince people. A scientific approach would be much better received and I think the researchers fully realize this. I am an animal lover too but I don't see where scientifically debunking speculation that Bigfoot exists constitutes cruelty to animals. It just uses science to help put misconception to rest.
Convince people of what? I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I think you are, and if you are, then you present the biggest danger to any "Bigfoot" population that might be out there.
Men will try and shoot anything they think is a Bigfoot. I could name cases where humans were shot because un-trained hunters thought they saw bigfoot.....
My ultimate point is. If there are "Bigfoot" around, then leave them the hell alone.
I think that reason should prevail over emotion. Far beyond a 99% probability the DNA tests will only serve to dispel the myth of Bigfoot. If there is a species of hominid somewhere that we don't know about it would be better protected if we discovered it than if we did not.