Researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology in Switzerland are asking yeti enthusiasts or anyone with samples thought to be from the creature alternatively known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch to share them for DNA analysis as part of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project, LiveScience reports. Oxford's Bryan Sykes tells the Associated Press that he and his colleagues have already received offers of samples. The AP adds that Sykes says "he has always been intrigued by stories of yeti sightings, but he would rely on science rather than such tales to prove if the stories are credible." LiveScience notes that while it is unlikely that Sykes and his colleagues will identify a yeti, they may find unknown species among the samples they receive. "It would be wonderful if one or more turned out to be species we don't know about, maybe primates, maybe even collateral hominids," Sykes says.
May 23, 2012