Saturday, May 26, 2012
Weekly Newspaper Column
There is good news in the field of bigfoot research. According to an Associated Press article published last week on the Internet and titled “Wanted: Bigfoot hair samples for study,” Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology plan to use the newest genetic tests on hair, saliva, blood and skin. When the project is finished, the reports will be submitted in a paper for peer-review.
Even if results point to an unknown being, it seems to me, if kept on record, they will prove valuable for further testing of hair, etc.
As most people that are interested in this field of bigfoot know, many hair samples have been DNA tested and have come back marked unknown species. I have had the privilege of seeing and feeling a hair sample with a tiny patch of skin attached.
The sample was later DNA tested. The lab reported that conclusive results were impossible: the sample was human contaminated. And I, of course, was one of those that contaminated it. I was allowed to stroke the three-inch long, reddish-brown hair before testing. (It was soft and had an undercoat.)
The sample came from a small trailer that had hit a bigfoot many years ago in the Ten-Mile area of Oregon. A family member had kept the hair for decades. Isn’t it reasonable to think the family believed the sample was bigfoot hair? Because, otherwise, the sample would have been trashed when first plucked from the trailer nail, right?
So let’s believe this interest in bigfoot by Oxford and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology will be the beginning of the scientific community taking the “discovery” of this animal seriously.
Again, I’ll mention that I believe research on bigfoot, initially anyway, will be done by reviewing the many sightings that are already on record. My online bigfoot magazine, Bigfoot Ballyhoo, has many of these sightings posted.
I do, eventually, intend to put together a list of these, so when the time comes we can contribute to science’s study of bigfoot.
Bigfoot Ballyhoo (www.bigfootballyhoo.blogspot.com) has been published since 2008. Many of the sightings reported are only on Ballyhoo. When visiting the site, do scroll back through the older posts. You’d be surprised at what you will find out about bigfoot.
If the reports can be believed, bigfoots have been seen walking and holding hands. Lovers? Who knows, and how will we ever know? Nobody can find these animals, to watch, to study. Until next week, Linda Newton-Perry
Do comment. I get the greatest pleasure when you readers voice your opinions and concerns about the discovery of bigfoot. ... LNP