BIGFOOT, YETI, AND THE LAST NEANDERTHAL: A Geneticist's Search for Modern Apeman
Bryan Sykes This is "The Big Book of Yetis." What the reader gets here is a world-class geneticist's search for evidence for the existence of Big Foot, yeti, or the abominable snowman. Along the way, he visits sites of alleged sightings of these strange creatures, attends meetings of cryptozoologists, recounts the stories of famous monster-hunting expeditions, and runs possible yeti DNA through his highly regarded lab in Oxford. Sykes introduces us to the crackpots, visionaries, and adventurers who have been involved in research into this possible scientific dead-end over the past 100 years. Almost, but not quite human, the yeti and its counterparts from wild regions of the world still exert a powerful atavistic influence on us. Is the yeti just a phantasm of our imagination or a survivor from our own savage ancestry? Or is it a real creature? "...you're talking about a yeti or bigfoot or sasquatch. Well now, you'll be amazed when I tell you that, I'm sure they exist." --Jane Goodall on NPR 6X9 P/B, 320 pp.