Sykes Bigfoot DNA: Trade One Cryptid For Another?

Posted by Henry Paterson | October 16, 2013 17

Apparently I was mistaken in some previous statements about the release date of Bryan Sykes’ Bigfoot  DNA results. I say this because I am seeing articles where Sykes is releasing some results. The Oxford Website does state:

The project is divided into three phases.

DNA ANALYSIS PHASE September – November 2012
PUBLICATION PHASE November – December 2012

And this is what I have gone by, but apparently some results have been released early. If there are more to come, I would not guess at this point.

The Winner Is? Yes to hybrid,

But the hybrid is a bear.

According to The Province

DNA test proves Bigfoot is roaming Himalayas, says Oxford scientist
By Jasper Copping, The Daily Telegraph October 16, 2013

Professor Bryan Sykes has found a genetic match between two separate hair samples found in the upper reaches of mountains and a large bear that lived more than 40,000 years ago. The findings suggest that there are several “yetis” roaming the area.

The results were compared to other animals’ genomes stored on a database of all published DNA sequences. Prof Sykes found a 100 per cent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway.

That specimen dated back at least 40,000 years, and probably 120,000 years — a time when the polar bear and the closely related brown bear were separating as different species. Prof Sykes believes that the yeti is a hybrid of the two bears.

Now many people are going to say this is positive proof that Bigfoot is just the fantasy born out of our own minds, and who can truthfully say yet they are incorrect. But the fact remains that the Sykes study has, obviously, only studied the samples in hand and proven what those samples are. The article is also careful to state that these results apply only to two hair samples, where Sykes himself has said:

We have collected and analyzed over thirty samples and results are being prepared for publication.

Ironically, in looking for proof of one cryptid, Sykes may have discovered another. What may be a Bergman’s Bear has been reported in remote regions of Siberia over the years and sounds very much like what is being described in the Sykes results.

The Bergman’s bear (Ursus arctos piscator) is an alleged and probably extinct subspecies of the brown bear that lived in the Kamchatka Peninsula. The bear was identified and named by Swedish zoologist Sten Bergman in 1920.

Bergman determined that the bear was a separate subspecies after examining a hide (which had fur very different from other local bears) and series of footprints, measuring 14.5 x 10 inches, which he judged to be much larger than other bears on Kamchatka.

Interest in the bear was revitalized in the 1960s. Hunter Rodion Sivolobov reported claims by Kamchatka natives of an unusually large bear they called either the Irkuiem (roughly meaning “trousers pulled down” due to the appearance of the bear’s hind legs), or the “God bear” due to its large size. Based on Sivobolov’s description, biologist N.K. Vereshchagin suggested that the God bear might be a relict Arctodus simus, a massive extinct bear.

Arctodus Simus, also referred to as the Short Faced Bear was a huge creature.


Size Comparison to other bears

It would seem that no matter which way you look at Sykes’ results, something that applies to discovery of a cryptid comes out of it, and a large cryptid at that.

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Henry Paterson

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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17 Responses

  • The Oshmar

    Wow, this would be awesome if they found a thought to be extinct species

  • Especially a large one.

  • $58946654

    Ursus piscator was not Arctodus simus. Moreso than a hybrid of polar bear stock in the Himalayas its more likely that there was a three-way split at some point – Ursus arctos, U maritimus and the yeti (U .piscator?).

  • Nevertheless, it is still an animal long thought extinct, and could be the source of the Irkuiem stories.

  • $58946654

    If the irkuiem is a seperate breeding population from the ‘regular’ Kamchatka brown bears, then they are or were likely separate species with limited introgression. Otherwise they are just bigger, shorter haired brown bears of the local race and the Kamchatka bear is larger than the Kodiak.

    BTW Sykes hasn’t suggested that the yeti is a hybrid, but a survival of stem polar bears from a time when they still resembled brown bears. The yeti DNA is a match for a Pleistocene bear on the polar bear evolutionary line.

  • Sinkro Pseudonim

    In 2001, Dr. Bryan Sykes thoroughly examined some “yeti” hair and said “NOT A BEAR”.

    Skip to 2:00

  • Different samples. This statement has no bearing on the recent results.

  • Sinkro Pseudonim

    Off course. Your reply has no bearing on my comment.
    And I still think my comment has some bearing on the article above it.

  • bigfooter

    just to answer you video. back then, Sykes didn’t know how to analyze the hair samples like he does today. just been couple of years since this new technique has been developed on how to cut the hair and understand how to sequence the DNA. remember medical technology always advanced over the years. so since he discovered this new way to look and analyze hair he probably can go back and redo all the hairs that he couldn’t find a answer for.

  • LIsa A. Shiel

    This result should not be a surprise, since back in February Sykes et al released a similar finding for purported Russian Bigfoot hairs. In that case, the results fingered a black bear, a raccoon, and a horse as the owners of the hairs tested. There’s always the chance of contamination, of course, with any DNA samples collected from old specimens or collected in the wild. Time will tell if the rest of Sykes’ results follow the apparent pattern from these two sets of findings.

    Lisa A. Shiel
    author of Forbidden Bigfoot & Backyard Bigfoot

  • Dung Shooken

    “Prof Sykes found a 100 per cent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway.”

    All this proves is that an ancient polar bear ate a bigfoot.

  • Dung Shooken

    You’re serious? Are you serious? You are ACTUALLY seriously replying “Not likely” to my comment? You seriously are actually serious about that? Ok Henry. Yes. YES. It’s not likely. There. All better now? 😉

  • No, I want an ice cream.

  • Steve M.

    Mmmmmmm…ice cream…..

  • IThinkso

    The devil must have been delighted to discover the open-ended fallacy within the burden of proof.

  • Cathy Creswell

    What has taken Sykes so long to publish if the release dates were projected to be Dec 2012? Why are we hearing about this now, almost a year later than expected?

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