Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More on the Russian Yeti Claims

This article appeared today in the Huffington Post. As you might remember, a conference was held in Russia on the yeti, and a field trip was taken to a nearby cave where some hair and footprints were discovered. I think we were all hopeful about the findings, but caution should always be exercised when the word "proof" is thrown around in the media. Below is the latest information to come to light about the event. 

Yeti Evidence Falls Flat: Scientist Says Local Officials Staged Siberian Snowman Hunt For Publicity

A group of international scientists made headlines last month after suggesting they were "95 percent" certain they'd found evidence that the elusive Yeti -- or fabled Siberian Snowman -- really exists.

But one scientist who was part of the big snowman hunt tells The Huffington Post that local Siberian officials staged the entire snowman scenario -- all for publicity.

"It was a very awkward feeling because here I was a guest and this was clearly orchestrated," said Idaho State University anthropologist and anatomist Jeffrey Meldrum.

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1 comment:

  1. I shouldn't be surprised. Sounds like Russia is thinking in terms of Nepal and an industry based on adventurers. Like hiring Shirpas and hiking Mt. Everest, they probably envisioned Siberia having a whole new industry. It seems to me that, with having a land mass like that which is so uninhibited, they should be taking the explorations quite seriously as that is probably the heart of all these creature's origins, the mid point between where they likely left from to where they likely arrived at and that "weigh station" should be as crowded as such ports in the US, like St. Louis. I appreciate your integrity in revealing such things in the industry. We can't throw the baby out with the bathwater, though. There are legitimate studies and treks, but they should never be hosted by a government but funded privately and entered without officials as tour guides.