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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yeti nests


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Map showing Kemerovo. Altai is between it and Urumqi.

Recently, I have been following some articles online regarding the Siberian Yeti. I am skeptical about this particular Yeti, but I want to share it with my readers.

Siberia is quite far from Patagonia yet both places share some common features which may link any hominids in one place with those in the other:

  • Empty spaces - not crowded with human beings
  • A relatively unpolluted and natural environment
  • A similar environment: mountains, forests, lakes and steppes
  • Myths regarding ape-men
  • Similar people (Central Siberia is the alleged home of the native American people) - perhaps similar myths?

As Siberia is the home of Denisovans and Neanderthals also lived in Western-Central Asia, it is the likely source of American hominid cryptids.

Well, an online article published in the Daily Mail's November 15, 2011 edition, mentions "Yeti 'nests'".

The intertwined saplings shown in the photographs seem to be flimsy evidence and the footprint in the ice may be "man made". Personally I tend to believe that the authorities at Kemerovo Region are fishing for tourists interested in sighting the Yeti and promoting their region as a Yeti haven. (see my Oct. 2010 post about Cryptids and Tourism which mentions Russian Yetis.

On the other hand, as you can see in the map above or int the map of Kemerovo published in the article, that it is very close to Altai (where Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan meet), home of Denisovans.

They have also found some tufts of hair. Lets wait for the DNA tests to reveal who they belong to.

Well, that is all for now!

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  1. Hello, thanks for your interest in this but I would like to assure you that the evidence for Bigfoot-type wild humans in Russia is VERY strong. In fact, far, far stronger than the evidence in America (which is very strong). And actually, the evidence stretches all across Eurasia from Eastern Europe (eg. Belarus), across all of Russia and China, and also the countries south of Russia. There have been thousands of documented encounters and sightings, thousands of footprints, studies of faeces, some bones, and at least one recording of their screams. The creature has many local names, such as the Almasty, and it is a very real living creature to many locals, not a myth. A lot is now known about their habits and migration routes etc.

    If the clinching proof that this wild human exists is going to be found and officially accepted any time soon, then I think it may well be first for the Bigfoot in Siberia/Asia than for America. From what I have read, the research has been more organised and offical than the work going on in America. The original research was started by the Russian Government decades ago, and since then several research teams have been dedicated to the subject and publishing their findings. Over in China, the government is the only government that is officially reseaching the subject. The reason that their work is not known in the West is simply because of the earlier political divide and the language divide (eg. the Russian work is publsihed in Russian). If you want to know more, I recommend this website where a lot of articles have been translated into English and make for fascinating reading:

    What is particularly exiting about the Eurasian evidence, is the level of detail. In America, most of the encounters are fleeting, made by hikers walking through remote areas or brief sightings by motorists of Bigfoot crossing a road. In Eurasia, however, as the Almasty has been living side by side with rural people in many areas, the encounters (though still generally very infrequent) have often been more involved, eg. with many cases of the Almastys coming to steal crops and even closer relationships in one or two areas.
    Thanks, Gundula

  2. Thanks for posting my comment. So please don't dismiss reports of 'Yetis' in Siberia as attempts to promote tourism. The researchers are making attempts to reach out and publicise their work, and they need to be supported! (I'm sure you would not appreciate it if your interesting blog was dismissed as 'fishing for tourists'!).

    The researchers in Russia and the Causcasus have gathered an enormous amount of evidence (as you will see if you check the link I sent). So, I think the reason why they just mentioned the nests, intertwined saplings and footprints in their publicity - which you call 'flimsy evidence' - was not that that is all they have, but simply that those were some evidence still in situ near the conference venue, that they could show the visiting researchers and press reporters. Researchers working on the subject would recognise these as examples of Almasty/Bigfoot evidence.
    Thanks, Gundula

  3. I reckon we will have to wait for the DNA tests on the hair they found to get a confirmation.

    I do believe that there may be some relict extant hominid population in the Altai region, I am not so sure about the Caucasus.

    I have read some articles published in the 1960s on the Almasty and believe there may be something in it. So Almasty = pre sapiens people is a good working hypothesis.

    Thanks for writing!


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