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article imageSearch over: Bigfoot is an Opossum

By Vinay Chand     Aug 16, 2008 in Environment
Bigfoot remains as elusive as ever, after the alleged yeti-like hair samples sent for DNA analysis failed to prove its existence.
The mythical half-ape and half-human creature, believed to be living hidden in extreme snow covered regions, scarce in human habitation, the mystery of the Abominable Snow-man or Yeti has puzzled scientists for decades.
Kesavan Unnikrishnan had reported in July, of Yeti-like hair samples that were found in the jungles of India being sent for DNA analysis.
Even more recently Chris V.(cgull) reported how two American hunters claimed they had found Bigfoot and had body evidence to prove it.
However, in the most recent development, results from the genetic material acquired, were made public on Friday in a press conference which duly stated how the discovery turned out to be nothing but a hoax as one of the two samples of DNA came from a human and the other was 96 percent from an opossum, according to Curt Nelson, a scientist at the University of Minnesota who performed the DNA analysis.
A report by Reuters stated:
Bigfoot creatures are said to live in the forests of the U.S. Pacific Northwest. An opossum is a marsupial about the size of a house cat.
Results of the DNA tests were revealed in an e-mail from Nelson and distributed at the Palo Alto, California, news conference held by Tom Biscardi, host of a weekly online radio show about the Bigfoot.
Despite the dubious photo and the commercial interests of the alleged discoverers, the Bigfoot claim drew interest from Australia to Europe and even The New York Times.
Biscardi said the DNA samples may not have been taken correctly and may have been contaminated, and that he would proceed with an autopsy of the alleged Bigfoot remains, currently in a freezer at an undisclosed location.
It seems like this particular mythical creature if existent is probably one of the most intelligent beings to be able to lie hidden for decades, even centuries. As sightings become more common and recurrent in remote lying regions across the world, mankind has reasons to believe the beast lies very much real, but cleverly elusive.
Whether real or just another myth, Bigfoot has for long been a subject well portrayed in movies from Hollywood, with the most recent example being The Mummy:Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, where the Yetis are depicted as protectors of the elixir of immortality.
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