Big test for Bigfoot going on at OSU
Preliminary Hair Analysis, November 1995
COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - Researchers at Ohio State University hope to come within a hair of
verifying the existence of Bigfoot. Scientists are using a new DNA matching process to
determine whether there may be more to the sasquatch legend than some blurry film footage
and a few giant footprints.
The evidence consists of two tufts of hair, each with about a dozen individual strands, recovered in Washington state after a recent sighting. "This is the first time that I'm aware of that anybody will be able to do any DNA extractions (on Bigfoot)," said Frank Poirier, chairman of Anthropology. "I don't expect anything to happen because I'm pretty skeptical about this. But good science requires some wild-goose chases from time to time."
The testing is being done for the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. "Oregon has a large number of (Bigfoot) samples all of which they treat with great skepticism," said Paul Fuerst, OSU associate professor of molecular genetics. "These two batches sent to us had the best possibility of being real."
The creatures reportedly were observed at a distance of about 100 feet in a dense, dark forest. "It was a sighting by forest rangers," Poirier said. "After the creatures left, they picked up hair from the locale, as well as footprints and knuckle prints."
Hundreds of observers have described Bigfoot as being a furry, muscular primate standing 6 feet
to 10 feet tall. There is the blurry 1967 film of a creature fitting that description and some
footprint casts, but most scientists find this insufficient proof.
The Dayton Daily News; Monday, November 6, 1995.
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