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Stewart Green

Yeti "Evidence" Found in Russia?

By October 13, 2011

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Photo of a Yeti or Bigfoot.

The mytical Yeti, ape-like creature of the high mountains in Asia and perhaps the source of America's Bigfoot legend, remains just that--a popular myth. But now a group of international scientists, after a day-long conference in Tashtagol, Russia, say they have "irrefutable evidence of the existence of the Yeti in Mountainous Shoria."

The conference, organized by the governor of Kemerovo, a remote Russian state about 3,000 miles east of Moscow, was attended by scientists from the United States, Canada, Sweden, Estonia, and Russia. The term "scientists" is undoubtedly applied rather loosely. At the conference the U.S. and Russian delegates agreed to share secret Yeti data gathered during the Cold War.

While the Yeti has traditionally been sighted in the high Himalayan mountains in central Asia, the Kemerovo region supposedly has a population of about 30 Yetis that have been terrorizing local villagers for years. Igor Burtsev, director of the International Centre of Hominology in Tashtagol, says the Yeti tribe lives in the Kuzbass area, a coal mining region, and speculates that they could even by Neanderthal hominids that have survived despite their extinction in Europe.

The Yetis steal sheep and hens from local people. Raisa Sudochakova, an 82-year-old resident, saw one recently. She reported "It was still a tall creature, but not giant. It was covered with long brown-grey hair, like a bear. It wasn't a bear. I have lived all my life in Siberia and wouldn't make that mistake. This creature walked like a human or almost like a human."  She said her dogs ran after seeing the critter. The, ahem, experts say she say a young Yeti.

The scientists say they are now 95 percent sure of the existence of Yetis after a two-day expedition explored the region, including Karatag Peak and Azassky Cave, and found that "irrefutable evidence." A statement from the Kemerovo government says they "found his footprints, his supposed bed, and various markers with which the yeti marks his territory." It also notes, "In one of the detected tracks, Russian scientist Anatoly Fokin noted several hairs that might belong to the yeti."

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Okay, so they found a possible hair sample, a possible bed and den in a cave, and possible tracks and this all adds up to "irrefutable evidence." This is all they could come up with for evidence? This is not proof that would hold up in any scientific inquiry. The supposed hair has to be analyzed for genetic markers. A pile of broken branches that forms a "bed" in a cave does not make a Yeti bed. Nor do a few footprints that are photographed and cast with plaster make them Yeti prints and not a bear or simply a person with fake Yeti feet.

Where is the real irrefutable evidence? Perhaps a skeleton or parts of a skeleton. Perhaps a dead specimen. Or perhaps a real-live Yeti? Or even credible photographs of a Yeti that doesn't look like a man in a costume? That evidence doesn't exist anywhere; not in Russia, not in the Himalayas, nor in the United States where the Yeti's closed cousin Bigfoot is rumored to roam.

I'm a skeptic and also look at the world with a scientific bent. By using the tried and true scientific method, we are able to begin to understand and give order to our world. It's good to have mysteries, to know that the world we inhabit is still filled with mystery and can still fill us with awe at its eerie strangeness.

We have lots of mysterious and legendary creatures, besides our human selves, which live secret lives on this blue planet. Creatures like the Loch Ness Monster; the Yeti and Bigfoot; Ogopogo, a possible dinosaur in Africa; and perhaps even ETs, aliens from other planetary systems.

There is even a branch of science called cryptozoology that studies these mytical creatures, and yes, some, like the okapi and platypus have even been found to exist. But megafauna like the Yeti probably could not exist in some squirreled away place and maintain a breeding population and go unnoticed and not leave real "irrefutable evidence."

Still, it's good to keep an open mind. As Hamlet said to Horatio, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Photographs above: (Top) A fake photograph of a supposed Yeti or Bigfoot, actually a man in an ape suit, running through the woods. This is not from the conference! (Bottom) A supposed Yeti footprint photographed in the Himalayas in 1951.  Bottom photograph © Topical Press Agency/Getty Images.

Comments

October 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm
(1) Daniel says:

“(Top) A fake photograph of a supposed Yeti or Bigfoot, actually a man in an ape suit, running through the woods.”

You have evidence that the Patterson-Gimlin film is fake!?!? That is awesome!!! Im looking forward to you sharing that with us, and since its coming from someone of scientific bent such as yourself, it will no doubt be damning and hold up in a scientific inquiry, and we can use it to finally silence all the quakes out there!! When will this be announced?

October 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(2) Kevin says:

I’m with Daniel. You say you’re a skeptic, which is absolutely understandable. But unless you do have absolute proof that skeptics have trying to find for 44 years that the Patterson film is a fake, you’re just as bad as these “scientists” in Russia by stating flat out that it’s a man in a monkey suit.

October 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm
(3) jeff says:

The supposed fake photo (film still frame) of the P-G creature has been thoroughly investigated 3 times with computer enhancements of the film, anatomical limb length ratios, skeletal simulation of the stride, etc. In each case it was deemed impossible to fake with a suit given the existing technology for the time. Yes even the creators of the original Planet of the Apes said it was too good. Muscle isolation and movement seen in the film was impossible to fake at that time. “Scientists” like yourself propagating bad science and heresay makes it almost impossible to get more named researchers to touch the subject.

October 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm
(4) saddad says:

yall are retarded he is real !

October 14, 2011 at 3:29 am
(5) Jerb says:

So full of crap about it being impossible for a population of yetis to not leave irrefutable evidence. Ever been hunting? Spend hours actively searching for an animal that you KNOW there are thousands of and see like 1 or 2 if you see any at all. It’s actually very easy to imagine a small population of yetis to leave very few traces.

October 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm
(6) Steve says:

^

Imagine if the yetis actively wanted to stay hidden (who knows their intelligence level if they exist). It would be like if you and 49 of your friends wanted to live in the woods and never be seen. Im pretty sure that would not be very hard to do.

October 17, 2011 at 9:42 am
(7) Duncan says:

Steve@ You dont have to imagine it, its been done. Partisans and gorilla (no pun intended) fighters have managed it time and again with entire army’s looking for them. I’m not saying that these yetis exist but I do think it odd that there are myths of roughly similar creatures from virtually every remote culture in the Northern hemisphere. I think its not beyond the realms of possibility that one of the other early human species survived long enough to make it into modern consciousness.

October 17, 2011 at 11:29 am
(8) Dan says:

The idea that Yetis are surviving Neanderthals is at odds
with what we know about Neanderthals. The Neanderthals
were no more hairy than living peoples, wore skin clothing,
made stone tools, and buried their dead. Mineral pigments
and stone tools have been found at Neanderthal sites.
Evidence of fire and in some cases hearths are also found.
at Neanderthal sites. Neanderthals were relatively short
by modern standards; the average male was about 5’3″;
the very tallest, a specimen from Israel, was about 5’10″.
A more likely candidate for the Yeti, if it exists (and I am
not certain of that) would be Gigantopithicus, an extinct
ape whose remains are known from Indonesia.

October 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm
(9) CANDIE says:

@Daniel. The gentleman who was involved with the Patterson film as admitted it’s a fake. Google it.

October 22, 2011 at 4:48 am
(10) Daniel says:

@Candie. Im sorry but you are wrong. Both Patterson and and Gimlin have always denied it being a hoax. Other people have come forward and said they were involved and that it was fake. but that really proves nothing. I could come out and say I was the man in the suit, that doesnt really make it so. Bottom line is there is no proof this is a fake (nor is it actually even a photograph), which is why its so funny a “journalist” would make such a erroneous statement.

December 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(11) N Kevin C says:

“In one of the detected tracks, Russian scientist Anatoly Fokin noted several hairs that might belong to the yeti.”

DUHHH !DUHHH ! DUHHH ! DUHHH !
Scraps of Hair. DNA DNA DNA If you got evendece TEST IT !!!!!
I don’t Disbelieve…. Just show some PROVADBLE EVIDENCE !!!!!

February 26, 2012 at 9:45 am
(12) Tony P says:

There have been numberous hair samples that have been attained that were believed to be from a species of ape-like create, aka; bigfoot or yeti. Some of those very hair samples have come back with DNA structure that did not fit human or known primate. Also are the tracks. So people, many of whom are very reputable, have seen the tracks, heard the sounds that these creatures make, some even have very close physical encounters…I just think something is out there. We need to keep in mind that until the 20th century, Panda’s in China where thought to be nothing more than legend and myth, yet, here they are.

I have myself presonally been in a location in the southern states (Virginia) where there was something in the woods with myself and some others I was camping with. Whatever the sounds were, and they would make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, it was nothing anyone in the group had heard before, and some were asvid hunters in that region of Virgina.

I firmly believe it is not only possible, but very probable that there is a creature yet fully undiscovered out there in our wildland.

January 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(13) bradyn says:

look you guys yetis are real we know more about the sea then we know about wildlife in extreme altitudes.

May 21, 2014 at 9:55 am
(14) Scott Ghiloni says:

To date I have spent many nights in the southern woods of Louisiana,Nc ,Tx and other states where I have heard sounds mixed in with coyotes that don’t make sense. I have camped within 100 feet of entrails left from deer kills and had coyotes come in and scatter the remains. It sounds as if the coyotes were numbered in the 20s and there only be a few.During other hunts and deer kills we have had the entire pile disappear and no tracks no sounds and only some broken branches found. This shows only that more cameras need be positioned on deer and other animal kills to get irrefutable evidence these creatures exist and show that no suites or fakes are involved. During one deer hunt in Inc I saw an unreal looking snake that was over 14 ft and had extreme girth going through the woods quickly. I did not think to shoot it only watched in awh! As it passed very quickly. Things are out here and lots of the outdoors type people are dropping off in population so hopefully this will open up opportunities to see,find and show true evidence all types of creatures trully exist outside of the realm of our imaginations……

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