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USA 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.

The following DNA test results are from the samples featured in the Sasqatch (USA) film (ep 2).

25106 – Sample provided by Justin Smeja

1. Date of sample collection: October 2010

2. Location of sample collection: 'Sierra Kill’ Site, Plumas County, California, USA

3. Colour of hair sample: pale brown

4. Length of hair sample: 20-30mm

5. Other physical characteristics: fine thickness. Sample taken from a collection of hairs attached to a 2.5 x 0.5cm segment of skin nicknamed ‘The Steak’. Crystals could be observed under the microscope, collaborating Justin’s account of using salt to preserve the specimen.

6. Details surrounding sample collection: discovered by Justin at the same location he claims to have shot and killed an infant Sasquatch. He originally abandoned the body, and could not immediately return due to poor weather. Several weeks after the incident, ‘The Steak’ was all that remained of the animal.

7. Result: Ursus americanus, American Black Bear

25113 – Sample provided by Marcel Cagey

1. Date of sample collection: March 2013

2. Location of sample collection: Marcel’s Garden, Lummi Tribal Reservation, Washington, USA

3. Colour of hair sample: light brown/red

4. Length of hair sample: c. 700mm

5. Other physical characteristics: Fine/medium thickness and straight in appearance

6. Details surrounding sample collection: Sample collected by Bryan Sykes when visiting Marcel. The hair was attached to a wooden stick found in Marcel’s back garden. Marcel believes it was thrown into his garden by a Sasquatch, possibly in an attempt to alert him of its presence in the area.

7. Result: Canis, wolf or dog

25093 – Sample provided by Derek Randles (donated via Jeffrey Meldrum)

1. Date of sample collection: 2011 (precise date unknown)

2. Location of sample collection: Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA

3. Colour of hair sample: Medium Brown

4. Length of hair sample: c. 100mm

5. Other physical characteristics: Fine thickness and crinkled in appearance

6. Details surrounding sample collection: Collected by Derek from a tree trunk in the Olympic Mountains. The site in question has been investigated by the Bigfoot research group ‘The Olympic Project’. Multiple Sasquatch encounters have been reported in the location, including sightings and acoustic phenomenon such as wood-knockings.

7. Result: Canis, wolf or dog

25104 – Sample provided by Dan Shirley

1. Date of sample collection: March 2013

2. Location of sample collection: Placer County, California, USA

3. Colour of hair sample: Beige/Pale Blonde

4. Length of hair sample: 80-100mm

5. Other physical characteristics: Medium thickness

6. Details surrounding sample collection: Sample found by Dan and his colleague Garland Fields from a location they identify as a Bigfoot hotspot. It was snagged on a barbed wire fence, located close to a ‘bait tree’ designed to attract Sasquatch. Both speculate the Sasquatch may have been disturbed by hikers, and crossed the fence when departing the vicinity. Upon discovery, the sample was carefully collected with tweezers and stored in a cooler.

7. Result: Ursus americanus, American Black Bear

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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