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(CNN) -- A pair of Georgia men faced more than a half-hour of skeptical questions from reporters Friday as they defended their claim that they stumbled upon the body of Bigfoot while hiking in a remote North Georgia forest.
ntroduced by a publicist and beside a man who promoted what turned out to be a fake Bigfoot discovery in 1995, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer repeatedly said that their claim is not a hoax and that scientific analysis will prove it.
"We were not looking for Bigfoot. ... We wouldn't know what we were doing if we did," said Whitton, a police officer on leave after being shot in the hand while making an arrest. "I didn't believe in Bigfoot at the time. ... But you've got to come to terms with it and realize you've got something special. And that's what it was."
The men say they were hiking in early June when they discovered the body of a 7-foot-7, 500-pound half-ape, half-human creature near a stream. They also claim to have spotted about three similar living creatures -- and showed reporters video stills of what they say is one of those creatures shadowing them through the woods. Watch report of scientist skeptical of Bigfoot claim
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Two men from Georgia, US, have announced that they have, and will unveil, the body of a 'bigfoot'.
They claim to have found the 'creature''s body in a wood, and observed several other living specimens: the photograph of a huge ape-like body stuffed into a freezer was released on their website.
They plan to release more photos and DNA evidence on Friday.Two men from Georgia, US, have announced that they have, and will unveil, the body of... more
Scientists in the UK who have examined hairs claimed to belong to a yeti in India say that an initial series of tests have proved inconclusive.
Ape expert Ian Redmond says the hairs bear a "startling resemblance" to similar hairs collected by Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary.
He told the BBC the Indian hairs are "potentially very exciting".
After extensive microscope examinations, the hairs will now be sent to separate labs for DNA analysis.
They say that the tests on Thursday were a "process of elimination" in which the hairs from India were compared with hairs from other animals known to live in the area around the Garo hills of the north-eastern state of Meghalaya.
The little known Indian version of the legendary yeti - or abominable snow man - is an ape-like creature called mande barung - or forest man.
"We are very excited about the preliminary results although more tests need to be done"
The BBC was given the hairs by passionate yeti believer Dipu Marak, who retrieved them from a site in dense jungle after the mande barung was allegedly seen by a forester for three days in a row in 2003.
Mr Marak says the hairs may provide compelling evidence of the existence of a black and grey ape-like animal which stands about 3m (nearly 10ft) tall.
There have been repeated reports of sightings over many years by different witnesses in the West, South and East Garo hills.
Mr Marak estimates the creature weighs about 300kg (660lb) and says it is herbivorous, surviving on fruit, roots and tree bark.
Preliminary test by the scientists in the UK have not so far disproved his belief.
"We now know for definite that these hairs do not belong to Asiatic black bear, they do not belong to a wild boar and they do not resemble hairs from various species of macaque monkeys. These hairs remain an enigma," said wildlife biologist and and ape conservation expert Ian Redmond.
"Another thing I can confirm is that if these hairs do indeed belong to a yeti then they - like human beings - suffer from split hair ends!" he joked.
The tests were carried out at Oxford Brookes University in central England with award-winning primatologist Anna Nekaris and microscopy expert Jon Wells from the university's anthropology department.
Using some of the most sophisticated microscopes in Britain, the hairs were magnified up to 200 times and then compared with a database of other hairs collected by Mr Redmond from London's Natural History Museum and the primatology department at Oxford Brookes University.
To make the results as definitive as possible, the scientists took a cast of one of the two hairs brought over from India using nail varnish.
"When the varnish dries the mould which it forms creates a much better three-dimensional image than the hair itself," explained Ms Mekaris.
After the test were completed, Mr Redmond - who is also a senior consultant for the UN's Great Ape Survival Project - and Ms Nekaris were able to rule out the "obvious candidates" to whom the hairs might belong.
Mr Redmond said that on first glance, the hairs from India had the same follicle pattern to hairs brought back to the UK by Sir Edmund Hillary and donated to the Natural History Museum.
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DragonQuest Adventures will be organizing, for the first time in Bhutan, a three week scientific expedition to search for the elusive Yeti or “Migoi” as it is locally known, in early October 2008. The expedition shall be called “YetiQuest”. DragonQuest Adventures has sought special permission to enter the “Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary, a 650 sq.km reserve created specifically to protect the habitat of the Migoi. This area is also home to many extremely rare animals such as the Blue bear, Snow leopard, Clouded leopard, Tiger & the Takin. Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary is a very remote area in eastern Bhutan and thickly forested with mixed conifer, rhododendrons & bamboo forest. It is also home to the nomadic Brokpas who have regular encounters with the Migoi. The expedition will consist of THREE teams with FOUR members to a team. We would like the teams to consist of mainly serious enthusiasts to ensure that the expedition is both successful and enjoyable. The aim of this expedition will be to prove the existence of the Migoi through pictures & videos or through DNA samples from hairs, bones etc. The method of coleecting these samples must be conducted in a scientific manner and the teams/members will be responsible for bringing along the necessary tools and equipment. Bhutanese do not dispute the existence of the Migoi. They have always accepted it as part of their existence and there is no real desire to prove to the rest of the world that it really does exists.
The Bhutanese consider the Migoi to be an integral part of their culture and they are even depicted in ancient Bhutanese manuscripts. High in the uplands of Bhutan, encounters and sightings of the Migoi are so common among the nomads that it does not stir excitement. For many nomads who have seen the Migoi, the skepticism of Westerners in the existence of the Yeti is seen merely as yet another manifestation of their arrogance. DragonQuest Adventures will be organizing, for the first time in Bhutan, a three week... more
The 20th annual Eastern Ohio Bigfoot Conference was held on May 17th, 2008 at the Salt Fork State Park in southeastern Ohio. Over 400 people attended the conference. It has grown every year.The 20th annual Eastern Ohio Bigfoot Conference was held on May 17th, 2008 at the Salt... more
Looking for a lighter sentence, Gene Morrill (convicted child molester) claims to have been molested himself. By the Bigfoot. ORLY? TEH BIGFOOTS MOLESTERED YOU?
Every one knows its the aliens that molest people, not the Bigfoots.Looking for a lighter sentence, Gene Morrill (convicted child molester) claims to have... more
The skunk ape, Florida's version of Bigfoot, has been sighted over 350 times. Through first-hand sighting accounts, expert interviews with a cryptozoologist and an owner of the Skunk ape Research Headquarters, we explore the plausibility of the animal's existence. Is there truth to the legend?The skunk ape, Florida's version of Bigfoot, has been sighted over 350 times.... more
A group of explorers say they have found fresh evidence of the mythical Yeti in the Nepalese Himalayas, stirring fresh excitement among those who believe the reputed snowman creature really exists.
The explorers, belonging to travel adventure series Destination Truth, said today that they had found footprints of Yeti while on a search for the elusive creature for their television documentary.
"We were doing night investigation near a riverbed about three nights ago when one of our guides first saw the prints and alerted us," Josh Gates, host of the television show, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Kathmandu.
"We cast the footprints, and we all feel a little bit unable to explain what we really saw," Gates said showing off his Yeti footprint cast.A group of explorers say they have found fresh evidence of the mythical Yeti in the... more