Some may be rolling their eyes right now at that headline, and I’ll admit that using a word like ‘irrefutable’ immediately opens you up to all kinds of problems in this sort of thing, but it’s all pretty fascinating. Cryptozoology that is.
Mongabay reports that the first conference in 50 years that brought together scientists from across the globe studying the fabled yeti (abominable snowman, bigfoot, sasquatch, etc…) has come to the conclusion that they are more convinced that ever that the yeti does actually exist.
Meeting in the Kemerovo, Russia, after field work was conducted by the group the “indisputable” evidence was found.
During an expedition to the Azasskuyu cave, conference members collected irrefutable evidence of the habitation of the Snow Man in the Shoria Mountains. They found his footprints, his supposed bed, and various markers with which the yeti marks his territory,” reads a statement from the conference. A Russian scientists, Anatoly Fokin, also found several hairs that he said may belong to the yeti. ‘Yeti hairs’ collected in the Himalayas recently turned out to be those of a goral, a wild ungulate. The hairs from Russia will be analyzed as well. Conference members, however, did not come away with photographs, video, or most importantly for skeptics an actual yeti—living or dead—to prove its existence, but still stated there was 95 percent certainty of its existence.
And hence my skepticism at the irrefutable part of all this.
Most of the time when supposed relics of a yeti are analyzed it turns out to be some other animal species. Which doesn’t mean of course that such a create never existed—perhaps prehistoric memories of modern humans living near neanderthals and passed down through folklore—just that the particular item isn’t what it’s thought to be.
As for the existence of a large primate as yet unknown to science, you should probably still keep an open mind about such things.