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Russia Hair Samples

In May 2012, Professor Bryan Sykes invited institutions and individuals from all over the world to submit organic material thought to belong to ‘Bigfoot’ and other unknown hominids to the Oxford Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project. After carefully reviewing each donation, Professor Sykes selected the 38 best samples and sent them for DNA analysis.

Professor Bryan Sykes’s DNA tests on Russian samples as follows:

25027 – SAMPLE PROVIDED BY KUNGCHEV FAMILY (via IGOR BURSTEV)

1. DATE OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: November 2011

2. LOCATION OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: Tashtagol, Kemorovo, Siberia, Russia

3. COLOUR OF HAIR SAMPLE: Dark Brown

4. LENGTH OF HAIR SAMPLE: c. 40mm

5. OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Medium thickness

6. DETAILS SURROUNDING SAMPLE COLLECTION: Sample found by Yuri Kungushev in a tree, close to a trail of unusual footprints.

7. RESULT: Ursus arctos, Brown Bear.

25039 – SAMPLE ‘A’ PROVIDED BY MICHAEL TRACHTENGERTS

1. DATE OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: 1970 (precise date unknown)

2. LOCATION OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: Malka Valley, Kabardino-Balkarien, North Caucasus, Russia

3. COLOUR OF HAIR SAMPLE: Dark

4. LENGTH OF HAIR SAMPLE: c. 90mm

5. OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thick

6. DETAILS SURROUNDING SAMPLE COLLECTION: Sample collected in the Malka valley, an area renowned for Almasty encounters. The hair was taken from a bush, close to a sports field where strange footprints were discovered.

7. RESULT: Equus caballus, Horse

25040 – SAMPLE ‘B’ PROVIDED BY MICHAEL TRACHTENGERTS

1. DATE OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: August 1976

2. LOCATION OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: Narzan Valley, Kabardino-Balkarien, North Caucasus, Russia

3. COLOUR OF HAIR SAMPLE: Red/Brown

4. LENGTH OF HAIR SAMPLE: c. 30mm

5. OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Medium thickness

6. DETAILS SURROUNDING SAMPLE COLLECTION: Unknown

7. RESULT: Bos taurus, Cow

25041 – SAMPLE ‘C’ PROVIDED BY MICHAEL TRACHENGERTS

1. DATE OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: 1994 (precise date unknown)

2. LOCATION OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: Baksan Valley, Kabardino-Balkarien, North Caucasus, Russia

3. COLOUR OF HAIR SAMPLE: Dark

4. LENGTH OF HAIR SAMPLE: c. 30-50mm

5. OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thick

6. DETAILS SURROUNDING SAMPLE COLLECTION: Sample found in an area locals insist is frequently visited by a family of Almasty.

7. RESULT: Equus caballus, Horse

25042 – SAMPLE ‘D’ PROVIDED BY MICHAEL TRACHENGERTS

1. DATE OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: 1992 (precise date unknown)

2. LOCATION OF SAMPLE COLLECTION: Kargopol, Kargopolsky, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia

3. COLOUR OF HAIR SAMPLE: Light Grey

4. LENGTH OF HAIR SAMPLE: c. 60mm

5. OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Very fine thickness, shiny in appearance

6. DETAILS SURROUNDING SAMPLE COLLECTION: Following an incident where 40 Russian soldiers observed a strange creature, this sample was retrieved in severe frost from the roof of a building.

7. RESULT: No DNA result. Infrared fluorescence tests identified sample as glass fibres.

Bigfoot Files synopsis

Mark Evans and geneticist Bryan Sykes examine the legend of Bigfoot, using DNA testing to determine if he's a hominid, an ape or just a hoax

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