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That Time The U.S. Confirmed You Can Only Kill A Yeti In Self-Defense

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That Time The U.S. Confirmed You Can Only Kill A Yeti In Self-Defense

In the 1950s, yeti hunting was all the rage among explorers. In 1951, mountaineer Eric Shipton’s expedition to Mt. Everest brought back photos of a mysterious three-toed footprint; in 1954, the Daily Mail sent scientists and mountaineers on a 6-month “Snowman Expedition” to the Himalayas specifically to find the mysterious creature. None of their research was conclusive, but that didn't stop adventure-seekers from trying to find evidence of the yeti's existence. The U.S. government took the time in 1959 to remind these zealots that if they found a yeti, they couldn't shoot it. Unless it was trying to kill them,...

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How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

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How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

After fears the Loch Ness Monster had "disappeared" last winter, a new sighting in May 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. The search for monsters and mythical creatures (or "cryptids") such as Nessie, the Yeti or Bigfoot is known as "cryptozoology". On the face of it, cryptozoology has little in common with mainstream conservation. First, it is widely held to be a "pseudoscience", because it does not follow the scientific methods so central to conservation biology. Many conservation scientists would find the idea of being identified with monsters and monster-hunters embarrassing. Moreover, in the context of the global collapse in...

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Monsters That Are Close To Home

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Monsters That Are Close To Home

Many people assume that to search for, investigate, and find strange creatures, it’s necessary to travel thousands of miles to locations as exotic as they are mysterious. Well, yes, sometimes that is true. Take, for example, the Chupacabra of Puerto Rico: a glowing-eyed beast that sports vicious fangs and claws and a dangerous row of spikes down its neck and back. You’ll chiefly find it in and around the island’s El Yunque rain-forest. It’s the same with the Abominable Snowman, or Yeti, of the Himalayas. Unless you’re a resident of the area, you’re certainly not going to find the legendary...

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Scientists challenge 'Abominable Snowman DNA' results

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Scientists challenge 'Abominable Snowman DNA' results

A theory that the mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid animal has been challenged. Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes revealed the results of DNA tests on hairs said to be from the Abominable Snowman. The tests matched the samples with the DNA of an ancient polar bear. But two other scientists have said re-analysis of the same data shows the hairs belong to the Himalayan bear, a sub-species of the brown bear. The results of the new research by Ceiridwen Edwards and Ross Barnett have been published in the Royal Society journal, Proceedings of...

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9 Mythical Monsters that Have Not Been Definitively Debunked

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9 Mythical Monsters that Have Not Been Definitively Debunked

On a rational level, most of us are aware there are no such things as monsters. But find yourself alone on a dark country road late one night, and you might find yourself having an unexpected change of heart. The following cryptids all have one thing in common: none of them can be reliably said to exist. But read the eyewitness testimony of frightened locals and listen to the circumstantial evidence, and you may just find yourself believing in monsters all over again. The Beast of Dartmoor (UK) Dartmoor may be the closest Britain has to an untamed wilderness. A...

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