Zhenxin, a paleoanthropologist, is convinced that Bigfoot exists in central
China and says that these plaster casts of foot prints prove it.
BEIJING -- Yuan Zhenxin
keeps up his search for Bigfoot. Yuan is convinced that between 1,000
and 2,000 of the apelike creatures roam the forests of central China,
particularly the Shennongjia Nature Reserve in Hubei province.
in stories of abduction, including those of two farmers who say they were
kidnapped by Bigfoot but escaped to tell the tale.
Another person claimed to have spent two hours in conversation with the
creature, who reportedly gesticulated and mimicked bird sounds. "They're
very clever," said Yuan, a retired paleoanthropologist and member
of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Yuan describes Bigfoot
as more than 6 1/2 feet tall, with reddish brown hair, long limbs and
a rather nasty case of body odor.
In 1976-77, the government sponsored a Bigfoot expedition to Shennongjia
consisting of 100 people, including army personnel.
That trip and others
yielded numerous samples of what Yuan maintains are the hair, footprints
and feces of an undiscovered species, possibly descended from a giant
ape whose fossilized teeth can still be found in the region. "They're
a cousin of humans," he said of Bigfoot, known in Chinese as "wild
But money for such study has dwindled, because fewer and fewer
of Yuan's fellow scientists are willing to approve funding without more
conclusive proof. Yuan and his supporters have been forced to dig into
their own pockets to keep three informal research centers operating.
of Yuan's colleagues even divorced his wife, sold his home and moved permanently
to Shennongjia to carry on the work. (Los Angeles Times)
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