Bigfoot: a scary reality or a silly joke
Stories about Bigfoot appear in the press with enviable regularity. The indisputable facts about the existence of strange, terrible hominids are overgrown with a snowball of rumors and are eventually declared by representatives of the scientific community to be pseudo-investigations. But how, then, to explain the repeated encounters between the person and the yeti, many of which were documented on the tape? Let's try to understand more.
It is well known that on the territory of Russia they were looking for a snowman a hundred years ago. In early 1914, a certified zoologist, Vitaly Khakhlov, wrote to the Academy of Sciences that he was able to detect undoubted signs of the existence of a new species of animals on the territory of Kazakhstan. The zoologist even managed to give the name a name, Primihomo asiaticus, and requested an entire expedition from the Academy. Unfortunately, the First World War soon began and the Soviet scientists simply did not have the resources to search for some semi-mythical animal.
By the middle of the last century, climbers from all over the world began to master the highest peaks of the planet. Modern equipment allowed brave men to rise to such heights, which literally was breathtaking. Around the beginning of the 1950s, the world was overwhelmed by a wave of information about the encounters of strange creatures allegedly living high in the mountains. Significant can be considered the case of the British mountaineer Eric Shipton, who managed to capture the traces of the Yeti during the conquest of Everest.
The English press was so agitated by such a loud sensation that it even sent a special expedition to the mountains. It was headed by the journalist "Daily Mail" Ralph Izzard, who had managed to get his doctorate in zoology. Izzard was not able to catch the snowman, but the sneaky scribbler managed to penetrate the holy holy mountain inhabitants-sherpas - high-altitude monasteries. And here he found evidence that the huge, fur-covered semi-half-people existed right in the monasteries. Frightened to a shiver in his knees, the journalist hurried to get out of the mountains far away and never again agreed to even an interview about his expedition.
Another expedition of Soviet scientists in the Himalayas took place in 1959. It was headed by Professor Boris Porshnev, who later became the founder of a whole new science, hominology. All data on the results of the expedition were encrypted. It is only known that in 1963, Porshnev presented to the Academy of Sciences his monograph “The current state of the question of relic hominids,” also published with the note “strictly for official use only”.
Boris Porshnev repeatedly tried to publish his monograph. He even collected an entire book, On the Beginning of Human History, in spite of the authorities' intrusive recommendations to keep the story secret. A prominent scientist has always led an active life and was a sports man. However, shortly before the publication, Porshnev suffered a sudden heart attack, which the zoologist did not survive.
But fragments of the monograph in the press still leaked. The year 1974 was already relatively free. Published excerpts from the book by Porshnev showed that the scientist considered the “snowmen” to be Neanderthals who managed to live to this day. Porshnev argued that this lateral branch of human evolution was able to adapt to life without usingfire, tools and even speech.
Interest in semi-mythical homides was rekindled in 1967. American traveler Robert Patterson filmed a hominid female in Northern California. However, the Smithsonian Center hastened to declare the record a fake and set aside for a long shelf. It is worth mentioning that Patterson - a healthy, robust traveler in his prime - soon after beginning his cinematic career, died suddenly of brain cancer.
The most frightening version of the origin of yeti is vivisection. Even in the Middle Ages, alchemists achieved considerable success in trying to create an artificial being, so that it prevents modern, much more prepared scientists from following the same path? Most recently, the biography of the student of Pavlov, Ilya Ivanov, was declassified. As it turned out, since the beginning of the 1920s, Ivanov conducted government-sponsored experiments on the crossing of humans and chimpanzees. Has he succeeded? Given that the experiments lasted more than 10 years, it is quite likely. Moreover, like other researchers of the snowman, Ivanov died under very mysterious circumstances.