Researchers have recently examined DNA hair samples that were originally linked to Bigfoot sightings, but after further examination, the results revealed the creature’s true identity. Bears, cows, sheep, raccoons, wolves, porcupines, and other animals contributed to the hair samples. One hair sample was even found to be linked to a currently undetermined human. Although they may not be linked to Bigfoot, some researchers say that hunters of the creature should not give up. The study focused primarily on hair samples, and not other possible evidence such as photographs, recorded sounds, or footprints.
The findings follow up on a yearlong effort to search for and analyze different samples of possible Bigfoot hair collected by hunters, enthusiasts, and cryptozoologists, which is someone who studies animals whose existence is disputed. Last year, hair samples thought to belong to the mysterious Himalayan creature, the Yeti, were brought in for examination. The analysis did not reveal DNA from the Abominable Snowman, but it was a genetic match to a 100,000 year old polar bear bone from the Norwegian Arctic, which is thought to possibly be the source of the legend.
Other studies have looked into creatures whose existence is unsubstantiated, but the results were all linked to other animals. Some researches believe that cryptozoologists should either accept the findings of the study, or show how the research is erroneous. Mainstream zoologists must also recognize that in terms of hair sample cases, the claims of cryptozoologists are amendable to potential verification as well as scientific testing.
The Bigfoot enthusiast community have long used the crutch of possible scientific indifference and sometimes even conspiracy theories about scientists suppressing evidence. The responsibility now lies with the Bigfoot hunters to provide substantial material for scientists to study. That is not to say scientists haven not been astonished by the results of material turned in to them by hunters before from animals that were not technically supposed to exist. In the 1930s for example, a fish called the coelacanth that was believed to have disappeared with the extinction of the dinosaurs was rediscovered.
Although the hair samples in the study did not provide evidence to the existence of Bigfoot, they did reveal the creature’s true identity and prove that scientific methods could be used in conjunction with further study and examination to continue on for the search of the species. There have been claims that attempt to prove the existence of Bigfoot and human hybrid DNA, but the findings are thought to be contaminated and are not widely accepted.
Cryptozoologists and monster hunters do not simply stomp around in the woods looking for animals to shoot in order to prove their existence. Scientists can now use possible evidence such as fecal matter, hair, and other physical samples to do a verification and either confirm or deny claims. Even though the hair samples did not provide evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, hunters of the creature continue to look for more possible DNA to prove their theories of the monster’s existence and keep the legend alive.
By Addi Simmons