Genetic analyses have come a long way since researchers last took a serious look at remains claimed to belong to cryptids like yeti and bigfoot. Now, Oxford University researcher Bryan Sykes thinks it's time to revisit the issue using some of the most advanced analytical techniques available.
Sykes will team up with Michel Artori, director of Switzerland's Lausanne Museum of Zoology, to analyze organic "bigfoot" remains (hair samples, for example) assembled by Bernard Heuvelmans, a Belgian-French scientist and explorer, widely regarded as the father of cryptozoology. (Heuvelmans investigated reported sightings of the creature for over half a century before he died in 2001.) But conducting the investigation under a banner of legitimacy will be challenging.