Has a British scientist finally unlocked the mystery of Bigfoot? Yetis–also known as the Abominable Snowman and one of the most elusive Bigfoot legends–have been recorded for centuries in the Himalayas, with local people and even eminent mountaineers claiming to have come face-to-face with the hairy, ape-like creatures. A photograph of a Yeti footprint, taken by British climber Eric Shipton at the base of Everest in 1951, sparked global Yeti mania.

New DNA research collected by Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, reveals a unique genetic link the may answer the centuries-old mystery—what is Bigfoot? The results are featured in a new two-hour special, Bigfoot: The New Evidence, premiering Sunday, November 17, at 8 p.m.

Sykes sets off on a global quest to unlock the real story of Bigfoot. Sykes, professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, collected and tested Yeti hair samples in the western Himalayas to find out what species they came from. After subjecting the hairs to the most sophisticated DNA tests available and comparing the results to other animals’ genomes stored on the GenBank database, he found that he had a 100 percent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone that dates back at least 40,000 years — a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as different species.

“This is an exciting and completely unexpected result that gave us all a surprise,” says Sykes. The Yeti DNA results are part of the most ambitious Bigfoot DNA analysis the world has ever seen, the Oxford Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project, which looks at the genetic relationship between our own species of Homo sapiens and other hominids.

Last year Sykes put out a worldwide call for samples from formally undescribed species, such as the Yeti in the Himalayas, Sasquatch in America’s Pacific Northwest and the Almasty in the mountains and tundra of Russia. All are mysterious creatures that have fascinated cryptozoologists and confounded scientists for decades. The study set out to discover whether Bigfoot is an ancient hominid, a member of the human family like Neanderthals, giant apes or some other species — or whether it is simply a hoax.

It’s a controversial subject, beset with scandals that have destroyed the careers of respected scientists in the past. But Sykes is undeterred. “‘Bigfootologists’ and other enthusiasts seem to think that they’ve been rejected by science,” he says. “Now I think that’s a complete distortion of what science is about. Science doesn’t accept or reject anything, all it does is examine the evidence and that is what I’m doing.”

Sykes has assembled substantial physical evidence and analyzed more than 30 of the most credible samples he has received. The results, including Sasquatch in the U.S. and Almasty in Russia, will be featured in the two-hour special.

Don’t miss Bigfoot: The New Evidence this Sunday at 8P.

Comments

  1. Berdj Rassam
    November 14, 2013, 10:17 pm

    There is no such thing as bigfoot.

  2. Scott Crouch
    United States
    November 16, 2013, 11:25 am

    “There is no such thing as bigfoot”? … Lets look at this from a sensible perspective, shall we? There have, and continually are, hundreds of sightings a year, and a lot of those sightings are from pillars of the community such as teachers, police, and forest rangers. There is no way that every single report is a hoax or a misidentified animal. As many people that report sightings, there has to be that many or more who have no desire to tell anyone for fear of ridicule. Lets just say for arguments sake that 90% of all reports are bogus, that still leaves us with a 10% chance that something is really out there. We don’t know everything there is to know about this world. Take for an example the “Billy” apes in Africa. Over the years, the natives that live around these 6′ 300lb apes told stories of the man sized apes, but it wasn’t until just recently that the rest of the world finally discovered them and found that the stories were true.

  3. Linda Brown
    Washington St. USA
    November 16, 2013, 3:34 pm

    If you don’t believe …. do your research first . Totally 100 % they do exist.

  4. clover valley
    florida
    November 17, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Rubbish. No new episodes of Diggers but keep producing crap like this and Snake Salvation. Also we have Zombies their called meth heads.

  5. Wade Ivey
    November 17, 2013, 8:26 pm

    I want to know why the idiot who supposedly shot the Sasquatch is not in prison?

  6. Ken Hopson
    48131
    November 17, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Hey you guys I don’t know if you know this or not but “big foot” is not real! There is no Santa no Easter bunny and I
    Not real sure about all this paranormal stuff you guys push either. I think you should stick to the real things and let the sci-fi channel handle those other subjects

  7. Jeannie Arps
    United States
    November 17, 2013, 9:59 pm

    Oh yes there is! Experienced it first hand. Thank you Dr. Sykes for this documentary, to open the eyes of those whose eyes and minds are closed.

  8. CMT
    United States
    November 18, 2013, 12:03 am

    Yeah I have to cry foul on that video evidence from the young boys in Russia. The way they aired it, you can clearly see a cut scene where the creature isn’t there and then the next frame it is. If bigfoot does exist why isn’t there a body or DNA evidence

  9. Phillip
    Texas
    November 18, 2013, 4:46 pm

    In that new show-”further new evidence of bigoot”, the beginning of the show had the story of the man that shot a bigfoot and a baby bigfoot…hair samples and blood evidence came back negative. But the man never did say what he did with the bodies after he shot them…they did they take off running or what??? Would like to know what happened…

  10. Jim Lillie
    United States
    November 18, 2013, 6:06 pm

    I found the conclusion absurd that two Yeti, et.al. hair samples were exact matches to a polar bear. The hypothesis was that polar bears and brown bears had been hybridizing and had resulted in an unusual creature that was being misidentified as a bipedal hominid. Polar bear DNA would look completely different from that of a hybrid with a brown bear or any other bear species. This DNA hybrid analysis is well documented since at least 2006. Was modern polar bear DNA compared to the 40,000 year old relic sample? People do sometimes misidentify wildlife but it stretches credulity beyond the breaking point that something primate-like is always an odd looking bear. Indigenous people of an isolated region are less likely than most to confuse a bear with the usual fauna, especially with something as unique as a large primate.

  11. Phil
    PA
    November 19, 2013, 11:35 am

    Why did Nat Geo decide not to cover the DNA evidence from the Sasquatch Genome Project? 130 samples of airtight proof of Sasquatch. The best labs in the US tested the results blindly and came to the same conclussions. A fifteen thousand year old creature of maternal human origin and unknown paternal origin.

    As for bodies: there are several bodies, bones, and crested skulls in museums around the world. They can be viewed online – Check the Mount Everest Museum. For someone to ask “where’s a body” is just assuming a body was never found because it wasn’t aired on the evening news.

  12. Donna
    New Orleans
    November 19, 2013, 11:51 pm

    How disappointing! Bigfoot is a bear! Oh, how I wanted this show to come up some scientific evidence of Bigfoot!
    The evidence laid down by the pet grizzly is enough for me. Bigfoot is a bear and the only people that see Bigfoot are those that honestly want to see him and see Bigfoot for a bear.
    I’ll have to scratch squatchin off my bucket list now.
    Well done Nat Geo. Now will someone please tell Mat Moneymaker Bigfoot does not exist!

  13. John
    SC
    November 20, 2013, 5:26 pm

    Attention Philip(Texas),the Shooter said he buried the “little body” because he was worried the park rangers,etc would stop him from taking it away.When he went back to retrieve it,days later,SUPPOSEDLY it was gone.The adult,again SUPPOSEDLY, walked away.

  14. sam west
    honduras
    November 24, 2013, 11:11 am

    the samples submitted by “bigfooologists” hahahaha turned out to be bear DNA. bigfoot is a hoax. DNA doesn’t lie. get over it.

  15. Jesse Artrip
    United States
    December 9, 2013, 5:38 am

    The genome project failed, the evidence they let out was reviewed and it was found to be bogus, the end of the guy who shot bigfoot was, he shoot the big “mama” twice and she got over the hill where he couldn’t find the body but killed the baby, found it, hid the body, and it supposedly disappeared in a couple hours. I loved that story, but its bogus as well. The fact is, I’m gonna say 80% of stories are mass hysteria, 10% are alcohol related, 5% are drug related, and the other 5% are likely mis-identification. The evidence never changes, and it never imp
    roves its not real.

  16. Brandon Bohl
    December 9, 2013, 11:15 pm

    Now how can anyone say there is no such thing as bigfoot, when we’re still to this day finding what we thought were extinct dinosaurs. So I think it’s ignorant to say such a thing, that’s like saying there no such thing as aliens, when we can’t even get to our neighbor red planet. Half of the world not including the ocean has yet to be explored. What makes anyone think this is all a hoax when we haven’t seen any kind of proof making that so. But on the other hand there’s all kind of proof saying there is.

  17. dave festa
    florida
    December 22, 2013, 9:11 pm

    the odds of thousands of people seeing a large hairy creature that walks upright in the wilderness the oddds of every one of these sightings to be wrong not to mention foot prints, is incalculable.

  18. Stephanie Goodman
    December 31, 2013, 10:40 am

    bigfoot lives

  19. Tammy Lynn Barnwell
    Boca Raton, FL
    January 3, 10:55 pm

    For years there have been many things discovered that we deemed not true like the existence of Jesus living which through documented proof people still don’t believe. We are only specs on this earth and need to open our minds. I’m still in the fence regarding Bigfoot but keep my mind open. How exciting is it that we are discovering more and more about things everyday. I’m a nurse and for one know that like God there are things out there that exist and unexplained.

  20. Wade Holl
    Wisconsin
    January 11, 12:43 am

    Unbelievable Ignorant people out here. Is Jesus Real??!! There are some real retarded people out here to say that there isn’t the existence of a Bigfoot. All the sightings and evidence cannot and are not all hoaxes. These moronic idiots ask why don’t we find bodies??? Go look for bones from a Mountain Lion,Moose,bear or deer. U won’t find !!! There are only a few thousand Bigfoot in all of North America so that’s like a needle in a hay stack. Obviously the creatures are very intelligent one might conclude so its very likely they mite bury their dead and if they didnt animals will eat and scavenge the body so quickly that all evidence would be gone relatively fast. All these idiots that say no big foot probably never left the city. I suppose other life doesn’t exist like aliens either right??!!! Idiots!! Us were the only form of life here on earth there’s just no way life exists on other planets??!!!! Of course there is life else where moronic idiots once again. Its just unbelievable how closed minded and utterly ignorant these skeptics are and some of them are highly educated but with zero common sense!!!!!! Wake up people Bigfoot, aliens and other life exists and if not then we don’t either right??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. William Dubblya
    USA
    January 11, 1:22 am

    Respectfully,

    This shy, bipedal species exists. The credentials of the notable scientist in these NatGeo shows, no matter how progressive, does not trump the Scientific Method, which includes repeatable and testable by all others.

    Other independent scientific organizations must be brought in to evaluate original hair samples.

    I do hope some of these old samples were not permanently destroyed.

    Regards.

  22. Ken Rayle
    illinois
    January 11, 2:19 am

    I personally believe that sasquatch do exist, and that we need to find definitive proof of their existence. But this show has come along and, not only criticized the man for shooting one, but also portrayed EVERYONE looking for bigfoot as delusional, crazy, people looking to add meaning to their lives by placing faith in mythology. They say that all hair samples, so far, are all bears and wolves, and that all foot prints are all made by wooden shoes. They have shot down all evidence and criticized anyone who wastes their time, which will only drive more and more people to try shooting one since hair and foot prints aren’t enough. But if you shoot one, you are chastised on television and accused of being a hoaxer. Too many people have seen them to claim that they cannot possibly exist. Evidence is obviously hard to come by. Maybe everyone needs to go out and shoot one just to prove that they exist. And even then, I’m sure this guy and his scientist will find a way to claim it’s a bear.

  23. William Dubblya
    USA
    January 14, 10:44 pm

    To Ken Rayle:
    I absolutely agree. My sentiments exactly. NatGeo also mixed in the old Russian guy’s belief that they are telepathic and added some unrelated side story towards the end.

    Regards

  24. DOS
    USA
    January 17, 5:14 pm

    They tried to superimpose a bear footprint on the alleged Yeti footprint and they were totally different. The alledged Yeti footprint had digits that were longer and spaced out. At that point I knew this was a hit piece and not a documentary. I like NatGeo but come on guys. I don’t believe in aliens from outer space but if I were to make a documentary about it I would offer both sides perspective equally. I guess that would require more work wouldn’t it. Nice try but try again.

  25. Paul Letteri
    Ma,U.S.A
    March 6, 1:56 am

    Just in the past year there is now 11 confirmed DNA, hair and blood samples that are from an unknown species,or Hybrid.
    DNA does not lie, several crime labs, as well as well respected university’s participated and was not told what they were looking for.