Lumbering through an
open clearing in a forest, an enormous, ape-like creature looks straight
into the camera. It is hairy, has no neck and its long arms nearly reach
the ground. After only a few seconds,
the creature moves on and is lost.
But for an audience of international
scientists, that brief shot was enough to support their theory: the Abominable
Snowman exists.Several dozen scientists
gathered in Moscow yesterday for a two-day conference to discuss the Yeti,
or Abominable Snowman, and its North American counterpart, the brown-haired
Dismissed by some
as crazy, the scientists are convinced that the Yeti is alive and provides
the missing link in the chain of human evolution."Big Foot is
real and it concerns every human being on Earth for it pertains to the
origin of man," said Dr Grover Krantz, professor of anthropology
at Washington State University, one of the conference speakers."
If you asked
me if UFOs exist, I'd say `no way'. But I've studied this creature and
I'm 100 per cent sure it is real."Besides claiming to
have found Big Foot tracks all across North America, Dr Krantz, like his
colleagues, says the grainy film shot in 1967 as ultimate proof."
When I saw the
film I was sure it was just a man in a suit," he said. "But
we've studied that film in every possible way and there is just no way
that it's a hoax." The footage, shot
in California by a rancher, is so revered that the conference was organized
to coincide with its 30th anniversary.In the former Soviet
Union, where sightings of the "Snow Man" or "Humanoid"
are reported on a regular basis, the conference attracted dozens of anthropologists,
zoologists and even mathematicians.
One by one, professors
hailing from the Arctic North, the Caucasus and the mountains of Tajikistan
climbed on to the rostrum to announce their findings.
displaying different alabaster casts of tracks found around the world,
believe the Yeti may be a living Gigantopithecus, an anthropoid ape, the
so-called link in the chain of human evolution. But John Greene, a Canadian,
acknowledges that until a Big Foot is found and properly analyzed, he
will never be taken seriously.
Dmitri Bayanov, the
author of Big Foot - Fact not Fiction, is convinced that it is
just a matter of time until he and his assembled Big Foot experts will
be respected for their work."
this: when scientists found fossil remains and said they belonged to dinosaurs
and Neanderthals, they were also dismissed as crazy," he said.
Original story copyrighted to the MOSCOW TIMES
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