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Sunday, July 17, 2011


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.


norman said...

Very pleased to hear that prof Sykes will be contributing to your weird weekend. It is indeed a feather in your cap!

norman said...

Now that I know my new password works..............

Jon Hopefully Prof Sykes will be asked about the 2001 Bhutan yeti hair sample. Has this now been matched via updates to Gentech or otherwise or is it still unknown?
A wikipedia report stated that the hair sample had subsequently been matched to brown and blue bear, but looking today the report seems to have been deleted.

The 2001 hair sample you mentioned. Is Prof Sykes able to say what kind of human his test showed and was it anything unusual?

The tide seems to be turning regarding bigfoot etc research as more people appreciate the potential and value of the DNA samples. Not that thre was not a hugh body of evidence already!

Somehow Prof Sykes coming to your party seems to be part of this sublime tide.

Hope you feel better with success