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Scientists Claim 'Irrefutable Evidence' of Yeti in Siberia

The latest in a cryptozoology news, via The Guardian:

Now, a team of scientists say they are "95%" sure that Russia's wintry expanse is home to the mythical yeti, otherwise known as the abominable snowman.

Yeti051409More than a dozen scientists and yeti enthusiasts flew in from Canada, Estonia, Sweden and the US to exchange findings with their Russian counterparts at a day-long conference in the town of Tashtagol, some 2,000 miles east of Moscow in the Kemerovo region. Locals there have reported an increase in sightings of a creature in recent years.

A two-day expedition to the region's Azassky cave and Karatag peak over the weekend "collected irrefutable evidence" of the yeti's existence there, the Kemerovo government claimed in a statement. "In one of the detected tracks, Russian scientist Anatoly Fokin noted several hairs that might belong to the yeti," it added. Scientists also found footprints, a presumed bed and various other markers.

Wouldn't "irrefutable evidence" of a yeti be a yeti?

(Note: photo is illustration, not part of any 'evidence' presented)

Russia Today reports on the Yeti gathering, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. That image looks like a human wearing fur outerwear as they climb a steep hill. I'm extremely skeptical, especially if they haven't done testing on the hairs to identify whether they are from a creature that has already been identified by scientists or not. Scientists should only use "irrefutable" if the sheer volume of evidence actually DOES make something irrefutable (which is not often).

    Posted by: Tribyen | Oct 12, 2011 3:44:27 PM

  2. Those people claiming irrefutable evidence are delusional (not surprising), they can collect goat hair, man made footprints and photos and films of guys in disguise until the end of the world and scientifically will not probe anything. Obviously pseudoscience keep on making noise as always did, and those who follow suit adhere with the same passion as religious believers.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Oct 12, 2011 3:48:50 PM

  3. eh , poor rural russian townsfolk need an influx of $ so YETI and the gullable come flying in with tons of $

    just like nessie and dracula's castle etc

    Posted by: say what | Oct 12, 2011 3:59:41 PM

  4. Baloney.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Oct 12, 2011 4:05:41 PM

  5. If they've found hair, then it should be available for DNA testing to compare to DNA of existing animals. If there's a match, then it's not a new species. Only when it shows considerable differences could it be classified as such.

    They would probably also do well to find other testable forms of DNA--scat, blood, bones, or the body itself. Those yeti can't just be disappearing when they die.

    Until then, it's bunk, even "tracks".

    Posted by: luminum | Oct 12, 2011 4:08:14 PM

  6. wouldn't there need to be more than one yeti??

    Posted by: Joseph Klock | Oct 12, 2011 4:16:58 PM

  7. This story is bogus. Please update this post to link to the debunking of this "irrefutable" claim:

    "Exaggerated Snowmen Claims Not Good For Cryptozoology"

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 12, 2011 4:32:21 PM

  8. Are you sure this isn't Vlad with his shirt off again?

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 12, 2011 5:23:31 PM

  9. um, how can a photo be an "illustration" and "not evidence". that makes no sense.

    it's clearly a screen shot of the video. which is...interesting.

    i want to believe

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 12, 2011 5:32:34 PM

  10. Goblinization has begun!!!

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 12, 2011 5:33:15 PM

  11. Oh dear. Did Maggie Gallagher cancel her back-waxing appointment AGAIN?! I knew it would lead to trouble!

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 12, 2011 7:46:35 PM

  12. When did 95% become "irrefutable"? It's hardly good enough for election polling.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 12, 2011 9:25:12 PM

  13. Of course they're real, I saw one riding a Unicorn just this morning!

    Posted by: Scot | Oct 13, 2011 1:30:18 AM

  14. Russian Yeti Guys are Sooo Hot. I wonder if the Yeti has Blue Eyes or Green Eyes...???

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Oct 13, 2011 3:34:46 AM

  15. Wow! Just like the irrefutable proof that the earth is flat. And the irrefutable proof that the earth is on the inside of a hollow sphere. And the irrefutable proof that JFK and Marilyn Monroe are alive and living on a UFO. And the irrefutable proof that Bat Boy lives in a cave in West Virginia. infinitum...or should that be ad nauseam?

    Posted by: jomicur | Oct 13, 2011 11:09:53 AM

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