Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for April
M T W T F S S
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
Add your event FREE

Today



BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria

Smell Stop

Cosmo&Nanu

Abominable Showman

A scientist who claims a community of 200 Yettis is living undiscovered on the frozen Siberian plains has been branded an abominable showman by rivals in Russia.

Professor Valentin Sapunov - who claims to have found Yetti hair - says the population of Bigfoots lives untroubled by man in the isolated Kemerovo, Khakassia and Altai regions of Siberia.

"The reason man hasn't found them is that they have an acute sense of danger," explained Sapunov, a doctor of Biological Sciences and Chief Fellow of Russian State HydroMeteorological University.

Sapunov created a sensation when he claimed to have discovered Yetti hair during an expedition to a Siberian cave last year.

"Tests on ten pieces of hair showed that they did not belong to a human. It is obvious that they belonged to a mammal, but not to a bear, goat, wolf or other animal living in the Gornaya Shoriya area," he said.

"Genetically it is different to a human hair by less than one percent. We can claim with 70% certainty that from the genealogical point of view, the creature is in between the human and a primate and is completely covered with hair," added the professor.

But his latest claims have been scorned by rival academics.
Oleg Pugachev - Director of the Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Science - told local media: "Let me make it clear - Sapunov is blatantly lying."

"He came with some bits of hair to the Institute, and spent a lot of time in my office complaining that official science wants nothing to do with it and no-one wants to test them.

"He asked me to help. I took a pity on him and ordered our DNA specialists to carry out a test.

"They did not manage to extract any genealogical material because there were no hair bulbs."

"What snowman is he talking about? If he ever appear at our Institute I will not let him anywhere near the doorstep. I don't know how to stop the rubbish he is spreading in the media," he added.

US biologists have also expressed doubts over the claim.

One revealed: "There was no other sign of occupation in the cave, except a few empty soda cans and snack food wrappers."

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!




Tag cloud:
Director  Sapunov  certainty  Sciences  rivals  Academy  Russia  primate  human  Siberian  Yettis  cave  blatantly  genealogical  Zoological  covered  Professor  Showman  Pugachev  media


Latest News

 

Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer
The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens"

Pressure Group To Tackle Victims Of Austrian Officialdom
A group of businessmen fed up at the way companies are being squeezed not only by red tape but also by ever newer taxes have taken to the Internet to try and build up pressure for change.

First Hotel in Millstatt Celebrates 130th Anniversary on Summer 2014
Luxury hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Carinthia opens its doors anew to welcome the 2014 summer season and celebrates its 130th founding anniversary in Austria's summer capital.

Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe have been tricked into going to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels.

As seen at Haydn Kino: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Film review by Kostyantyn Steblovskyy

Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.

OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.

Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.

Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.

What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)



This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:





 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers