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PostPosted: 01-12-2007 17:32    Post subject: 'Yeti prints' found near Everest Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7122705.stm

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A US TV presenter says he and his team have found a series of footprints in the Everest region of Nepal resembling descriptions of the mysterious Yeti.
The presenter and his colleagues say they are "very excited", although they are not saying they definitely believe it is the mark of the Yeti.

Josh Gates and his crew work on a series called Destination Truth, which follows reports of fantastic creatures.

The footprints found on Wednesday have renewed Yeti excitement in Nepal.

Mr Gates said they had been searching by torchlight at night-time because, he said, alleged sightings of the yeti had usually taken place at night.

They did not see the so-called abominable snowman himself.

Three prints

But a Nepalese member of the team spotted three footprints and alerted Mr Gates, who told the BBC the first print was a "pristine" right paw mark, 33 cm (13 inches) long, with five toes in a wide spread of 25 cm.

There was also a heel print and another fainter one.

An excited Mr Gates described the main footprint as anthropomorphic, meaning it had human characteristics.

He said he did not believe the prints were man-made or that they came from a known animal such as a bear.

But he also said he was not sure he believed in the Yeti, and did not know what to make of it.

The team took castings of the three prints which will be examined by scientists in the US.

Scalp claim

Asked why there were only three prints, Mr Gates said the terrain, in a side valley about 2,800 metres (9,000 feet), was mainly rocky.

Reports of the mythical Yeti go back hundreds of years, and the creature is sometimes attributed with dangerous powers, sometimes protective ones.

One Buddhist monastery near Everest houses what some say is a Yeti skull or scalp; scientists who examined it declared that it was made from antelope skin, but other experts disagreed.

In the 1950s the British explorer Eric Shipton took photos of prints in the snow that some are convinced belong to the Yeti.
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PostPosted: 01-12-2007 19:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

This reminds me of something I read about yeti footprints when I was a child - (I can't remember where I read it.) Someone started following some strange prints in the snow in the mountains of nepal thinking they were yeti prints. At the end of the track he found a barefoot monk who had a really severe foot deformity. The anthropomorphic thing and the mention of a buddhist monastery remind me of it.
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PostPosted: 01-12-2007 23:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiritdoctor wrote:
At the end of the track he found a barefoot monk who had a really severe foot deformity.


Like Tim Brooke-Taylor in The Goodies?
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PostPosted: 02-12-2007 00:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the monk a hobbit?
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PostPosted: 02-12-2007 19:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it was more this condition: ectrodactyly or lobster claw syndrome

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectrodactyly

No picture there;

http://www.chester.ac.uk/~sjlewis/Presentations/NotJustMakingBabies_files/image002.jpg


In a slight fortean diversion the 'lobster people of zimbabwe' where the condition is common were once believed to be a myth

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/indepth/features/display.var.1297969.0.startling_secrets_of_ostrich_people.php

I believe there is a thread about them on here

http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26244&highlight=ostrich
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PostPosted: 02-12-2007 19:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lobster claw shaped or not, walking around in the snow with bare feet takes one hell of a constitution.
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PostPosted: 02-12-2007 20:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or a lack of shoes.
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PostPosted: 04-12-2007 14:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldnt trust snow...too mutable
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