World famous geneticist Professor Bryan Sykes, of Oxford University is giving a talk on ''David Hume, Joanna Lumley and the Abominable Snowman" at the Weird Weekend. Professor Sykes has, in the past, worked on the 5300 year old ‘Iceman’ mummy of the Italian Alps and people claiming to be descendants of the last Russian Royal Family. He has also indentified a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times, to seven primeval women.
More recently he has been involved in testing samples said to be from the yeti. It is this subject and his findings that he will be speaking on at the Weird Weekend.
Some of you may recall Professor Sykes was involved in our 2008 expedition to the Caucasus Mountains in search of the almasty. The possible hair we brought back turned out to be from a modern human however and not a relic hominid. Having the Professor at the Weird Weekend is not only a great pleasure but quite the feather in our cap.