Some of the Bigfoot hair samples that were DNA tested turned out to be from other animals like raccoons.
The list of living creatures these hair samples were from included cattle, equines, canines and even some extinct ursine species, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society B.
"Some of the greatest criticism within the Bigfoot community was that science would never take a serious look at the phenomenon," the study co-author Rhettman Mullis told LiveScience.
The genetic decoding of the DNA found the whole claim of several patches of hair belonging to Bigfoot to be false. And yet people go on to believe in Yeti.
"I don't think this finishes the Bigfoot myth at all," Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes told NBC News. "What it does do is show that there is a way for Bigfoot enthusiasts to go back out into the forest and get the real thing."
None of the samples belonged to any extraordinary species which could be said to be a primate humanoid. The claims behind the phenomenon of Bigfoot are just a wild goose chase.
Tall tales of a human-ape creature with wooly hair and facial features resembling mankind are rife. That this humanoid can stand on its own two feet is even more of an unbelievable fact.
It is said to be an earlier version of man that has survived. Science and scientists require solid proof in order to ratify this whole mystery. So far almost all of the sightings have turned out to be fake alarms.
Besides, had such a creature actually been breeding in the wild, it would have been discovered by the authorities by now. One hoax was found out when the body turned out to be a frozen gorilla suit while the hair samples belonged to an opossum.
In order to allay the questions from the community of people stuck on the fact that there was a Bigfoot, researchers started testing samples of DNA.
If the samples didn’t match any other creature on earth, then it might just be a Bigfoot. The team of scientists received five dozen samples. After testing them, it was concluded that all of them were from extant animals and a few were even from extinct species.
"It just wasn't science," Sykes said. "A lot of Bigfoot enthusiasts thought that this was how science worked, [but] it was dreadful."
"Gone are the Victorian days of stomping about jungles and forests to shoot animals to prove they exist," Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, said.
"We can do verifications through testing for the DNA in hair, fecal and other physical samples found in conjunction with sightings of and encounters with possible new animals. Follow-ups then can be made in the field to obtain photographic evidence and further blood samples from living animals."
And yet the community of true believers just won’t quit when it comes to their fallacy. They simply refuse to acknowledge that the hairy ape doesn’t exist and is a figment of their imagination.