University Yeti Institute in Russia

One wonders what took solong.  There are thousands of solidsightings and it has become clear to me that the error has been to assume thatthey share our ecological niche.  They donot.

Conjecture:  The temperate forest niche is occupied byforest adapted primates who walk upright in a manner similar to humanity whichis a derivative species readapted to open country and coastal conditionsparticularly.  There are several subspecies 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 clearthreat to man.  Unsurprisingly, theysteal chickens when they can and certainly get away with it.  More importantly, they practice great carearound us and simply avoid us in daylight at least.

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

I suspect we are close to havingexcellent evidence, including images and plenty of physical data to substantiatethe phenomena.

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

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

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

Russia sets up university institute to study theyeti 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 researchinstitute 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 gavestatements that they saw the Abominable Snowman in one remote area .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As his fellow-hunters 'froze' in amazement, Kiskorov held out a drytree 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 30yetis 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 theTashtagol district of the KemerovoRegion, only accessible by helicopter.  However, no photographic evidenceexists. 

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

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

'In Russiathere are about 30 authoritative scientists who are engaged in studying thephenomenon of the 'Abonimable Snowman'. All of them will be integrated intothis 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 expensiveSoviet expedition in central Asia found tracesbut no clear proof of the existence of the Yetis. - Government officials in Siberia are planning to set up a special researchinstitute dedicated to the study of yetis following a number of recentmysterious 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 regionclaim 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 MountShoria wilderness, with one man even claiming to have saved a yeti fromdrowning in a river while hunting.

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

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

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

Officials of the Kemerovo administration inwestern Siberia have said that organising aninstitute or a scientific centre would be a logical continuation of researchinto the yeti.

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

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

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

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

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

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