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Two days ago in an post titled, "Russia Announces DNA Test Results of Kemerovo "Yeti Hair"" we announced the Yeti fur DNA findings. Now the rest of the media world has caught up and some have added their own take on the situation, or have interviewed others to include additional opinions. Below is the most often quoted piece from the press release and the best excerpts from around the world including skeptical opinions from Igor Burtsev and Dr. Jeff Meldrum.
From the Press Release“We had ten samples of hair to study, and have concluded that they belong to mammal, but not a human,” said Professor Valentin Sapunov, a prominent Russian cryptozoologist of the Russian State Hydrometeorological Institute.
The hair is not believed to have belonged to any animal known from the region and the Siberian Times reports analysis carried out in both Russia and the United States 'agreed the hair came from a human-like creature which is not a Homo sapien yet is more closely related to man than a monkey’.
60-70 % SureValentin Sapunov, a professor at the State Hydrometeorological University in St. Petersburg, told The Moscow Times that DNA analysis and examination under an electron microscope had led him to be "60-70 percent" certain that the hairs belonged to a yeti-like creature. --Moscow Times
Igor Burtsev: I Doubt itThe “Yeti hair” was allegedly found in Siberia’s Azasskaya Cave by Dr Igor Birtsev, Russia’s leading advocate of the existence of the abominable snowman.
But is it all an elaborate hoax? That’s the suggestion the Siberian Times is making this morning after Dr Birtsev strangely played down the findings.
“I doubt that they have indeed managed to carry out a DNA test on Azasskaya Cave hair, and doubt that they found how close the Yeti is to humans by its DNA,” he was quoted as saying. --Herald Sun
Meldrum: Evidence Unreliable“There was no expedition. The conference participants were accompanied by the press on a field trip to a cave site. It is my opinion that the 'evidence' found in the cave was unreliable," said Jeff Meldrum, a biologist at Idaho State University and cryptozoologist, told The Russian Times. --7 news
Multiple Sightings in the PastThere have been a number of ‘sightings in the region over the years, with one Siberian fisherman, Vitaly Vershinin, claiming: “We shouted to them – do you need help?”
In 2004, the yeti is said to have been spotted in the remote Mae Charim area of the Luang Prabang Range range, between the Thai highlands and Sainyabuli Province, Laos.
In December 2011, a hunter reported having seen a bear like creature, trying to kill one of his sheep, but after he fired his gun, the creature ran into a forest on 2 legs.
At a 2011 conference in Russia, participating scientists and enthusiasts declared 95% evidence of the Yeti’s existence.
You can read our post earlier this month about the Yeti hair mentioned in the's article. We also have a huge collection of posts regarding Yeti's in the Kemerovo region.