Saturday, March 26, 2011

University Yeti Institute in Russia

One wonders what took so long.  There are thousands of solid sightings and it has become clear to me that the error has been to assume that they share our ecological niche.  They do not.

Conjecture:  The temperate forest niche is occupied by forest adapted primates who walk upright in a manner similar to humanity which is a derivative species readapted to open country and coastal conditions particularly.  There are several sub species in both Asia (several) and the Americas (a couple at least).

Once you understand the niche, the only remaining question is to locate and sort them out if we can.

They are nocturnal and no clear threat to man.  Unsurprisingly, they steal chickens when they can and certainly get away with it.  More importantly, they practice great care around us and simply avoid us in daylight at least.

Once an institute is in place, we have a location to send both critical reports that produce physical data.  We already have one instance of DNA work been done that has confirmed the presence of a primate.  Just been able to collect physical data and to test it is a huge step forward.  It should never have been necessary for individuals to front the costs and then be attacked for been unprofessional. That is the current state of affairs.

I suspect we are close to having excellent evidence, including images and plenty of physical data to substantiate the phenomena.

Perhaps, our naturalists will go back into the woods again and keep looking.

As a youth, I was the master of a couple of hundred acres of field, forest, fencerow, and river valley.  By repeated walkabouts, I discovered every plant listed in my local guide, some only once.  I saw a flock of grouse once and few other rarities, yet my eyeballs searched there for years.

I could have hidden myself easily almost anywhere and made it impossible to be discovered.  Again, lack of evidence is never evidence of lack.

Russia sets up university institute to study the yeti after spate of sightings

Last updated at 6:26 PM on 22nd March 2011


Yeti: Sightings are on the rise in Siberia

Russia is setting up a university research institute to study the Yeti after a spate of claimed recent sightings in Siberia.  

Scientists say they have found 15 witnesses in the past year who gave statements that they saw the Abominable Snowman in one remote area .

'We spoke to local residents', said Dr Igor Burtsev, who conducted an expedition last summer and will head the new institute at Kemerovo State University. 'They told us Yetis were stealing their animals.'

The academic claims around 30 Yetis live in a remote region of Mount Shoria in in southern Siberia

He strongly denies accusations that the 'sightings' are a bizarre ruse to attract tourists to the far-flung region.

Reports say the two-legged creatures are heavy-set, more around 7ft tall and resemble bears. 

'Their bodies were covered in red and black fur, and they could climb trees,' said one account.

One villager, Afanasy Kiskorov, even claimed to scientists that he rescued a Yeti on a hunting trip a year ago. 

The creature was screaming in fear after falling into a swollen mountain river, he said.

His version suggested a 'strange creature, looking like a huge man which tried several times to get out of water and to stand up on both feet, but dropped into the water each time and was howling'.

As his fellow-hunters 'froze' in amazement, Kiskorov held out a dry tree trunk. 

'The creature clutched to it and crawled to the bank,' he said.

On the trail: Scientists believe there could be a community of up to 30 yetis existing in remote Russian wilderness

Russian Scientist: Igor Burtsev will head the new 'Yeti institute' at Kemerovo State University

The Yeti allegedly then ran off.  This 'sighting' was in the Tashtagol district of the Kemerovo Region, only accessible by helicopter.  However, no photographic evidence exists. 

Other accounts say the Yetis steal hens and sheep from remote villages. 

According to Burtsev, Yetis are Neandethal men who have survived to this day

'In Russia there are about 30 authoritative scientists who are engaged in studying the phenomenon of the 'Abonimable Snowman'. All of them will be integrated into this institute,' said Dr Burtsev.

The 'primary goal' is to 'establish contact' with one of the creatures.

Leading Russian scientists deny the existence of the Yeti. An expensive Soviet expedition in central Asia found traces but no clear proof of the existence of the Yetis. - Government officials in Siberia are planning to set up a special research institute dedicated to the study of yetis following a number of recent mysterious sightings of the folkloric creature.

Hominology experts, who are lined up to lead the studies at Kemerovo University, are eager to prove their existence after people in remote parts of the region claim to have caught a glimpse of the elusive being.

According to 15 witness statements by Siberian locals in the Kemerovo region, 7-ft tall, hairy, manlike creatures have been spotted wandering the Mount Shoria wilderness, with one man even claiming to have saved a yeti from drowning in a river while hunting.

Villager, Afanasy Kiskorov in Tashtagol reportedly witnessed the yeti activity first-hand. He said: "Their bodies were covered in red-and-black fur and they could climb trees. The creature was screaming in fear after falling into a swollen mountain river."

Despite the alleged sightings, no photographic evidence as yet confirms the existence of the 'abominable snowmen.'

However, hair specimens, large footprints and huge branch shelters in forests have fuelled scientific belief to traces of the yetis, described as the 'Neanderthal ancestors of man.'

Officials of the Kemerovo administration in western Siberia have said that organising an institute or a scientific centre would be a logical continuation of research into the yeti.

Dr. Igor Burtsev, director of the International Center of Hominology, will join the brand new research unit if the plans go ahead. He said: "In Russiathere are about 30 authoritative scientists who are engaged in studying the phenomenon of the abonimable snowman."

"All of them will be integrated into this institute. The primary goal is to establish contact with one of the creatures."

Dr. Burtsev told Russian newspaper Itar Press after a yeti expedition last year: "I saw markers (half-broken branches) the creature uses to mark the controlled territory. In the woods I have found several artifacts to confirm my theory. I plan to find the Bigfoot's shelter and even try to contact the creature."

Speaking on 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' in 2009, British wildlife expert David Attenborough said he believed that there was very convincing evidence that yetis do exist.

The Administration of Kemerovo, the regional government, will announce its final decision on whether they will implement the research institute after it hosts an international conference on yetis later this year.

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