Scientists claim they've used DNA tests to prove Bigfoot doesn't exist

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Jul 3, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

Bad news, would-be cryptozoologists. Looks like you can go ahead and delete that stack of old Finding Bigfoot episodes from the DVR.

Dr. Brian Sykes and a team at the University of Oxford used DNA tests to study hair samples that allegedly came from yeti, Sasquatch and Bigfoot sightings in recent years. So what’d they find? They apparently came from an ancient bear, and not a long-lost, mythical man-animal.

Business Insider reports this marks one of the first legit, scientific DNA surveys of these primates published in a peer-reviewed journal. The findings were compiled in a report for Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Researchers say the tests take the study of cryptozoology a step beyond the usual anecdotal sightings that are often used as proof of Bigfoot’s existence. 

Norman MacLeod, of the UK Natural History Museum, wrote in the Royal Society that cryptozoologists should either accept the findings or explain where they are in error.

So does this really mean Bigfoot is a myth? It’s definitely a hit to the (tenuous) credibility of Sasquatch searchers, but who’s to say the great beast isn’t still out there wandering around in the wilds. He’s eluded us this long, so maybe we just haven’t gotten any good samples. Yet. 

Keep hunting, low-rent reality TV investigators. Godspeed.

(Via Business Insider, NBC News)