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Tracing the origins of a ‘yeti’s finger’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 27, 2011

An anatomical specimen labelled "Yeti's finger" has been left overlooked in a museum for decades, its origins unexplained, until BBC reporter Matthew Hill set out to investigate.

In the vaults of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian Museum in London are thousands of anatomical specimens from both human and animal species.

Still used as a teaching museum today, it was founded in the 18th Century by John Hunter, a surgeon, anatomist and naturalist.

His collection has been added to over the years, including in 1975 when a collection of research specimens and notes were bequeathed to the museum by primatologist Professor William Osman Hill.

The collection’s catalogue was only rudimentary, and many specimens had not been cleaned or prepared, meaning there was little interest in terms of research, and much of it was left unseen for many years.

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The 'Yeti's finger'
  • Broadcast on Tuesday 27 December 2011 at 11:00 GMT on BBC Radio 4 or listen again on BBC iPlayer

But in 2008, work on Prof Hill’s collection turned up something very odd: a box of items apparently relating to his interest in crypto-zoology, the study of animals not proved to exist.

It contained plaster casts of a footprint, hair, scat (dropping) samples and an item recorded as a yeti’s finger.

The specimen was 9cm (3.5 inches) long, 2cm wide at the widest part, curled and black at the end with a long nail.

According to the notes in the box, it was taken from the hand of a yeti. Its origin was listed as Pangboche Temple in Nepal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 13, 2011

Russian cryptozoologists claiming to have evidence of the yeti will never be taken seriously without a more academic approach.

By Brian Regal

A common complaint among cryptozoologists – those who pursue unknown or folkloric monsters – is that mainstream

A claimed yeti footprint from 1951. Photograph: Getty Images/Topical Press Agency

science does not take their work seriously and inappropriately labels it as pseudoscience. The shenanigans currently going on in Russiaare a good example of why that happens. Gathered there, as the worldwide headlines have proclaimed, is a group of monster enthusiasts, having come together to investigate an upsurge in sightings in Russia of the yeti, or abominable snowman. Some of the participants in the hunt include a former Russian boxer turned politician, an American woman who claims a bigfoot family lives on her rural property, as well as an intrepid scientist or two. There also seems to be a political undercurrent and the usual hype by locals to boost tourism to their part of the world. And therein lies the rub.

One of the things the Russia monster project illuminates is the difference between science and pseudoscience: between real and fake science; between professional scientists and amateur investigators. Science does research thoroughly over long periods, checking and double checking to make sure they can prove their findings. Charles Darwin – who was essentially an amateur – waited decades before publishing his work on evolution to be sure he could support his argument. Such examples are legion. Science looks for evidence before headlines (though scientists have occasionally fallen prey to overly enthusiastic early reports prior to having established the basis of their work – remember cold fusion?). Read the rest of this entry »

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Yeti Research Institute Planned In Russia After Recent Sightings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 24, 2011

Oh, Yeti migrated from Himalaya to Russia?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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The World’s Creepiest Places (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 2, 2010

The Himalayan Region – symbol of Peace due to Buddha’s Birth Place.
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