Research expedition in China on the look out for the Yeren

China to explore virgin forest home of ‘Bigfoot’ –

Researchers will start exploring large areas of primitive forest this month in the Shennongjia region of central China’s Hubei province, local authorities said Sunday.

A group of 38 experts from several universities and research institutions will begin the expedition on July 8, according to a statement from the Shennongjia Nature Reserve’s management bureau.

The trip is scheduled to last through August, the statement said.

The group will focus on studying the region’s animals, plants and land features and will publish its research results later, it said.

More than 400 people have claimed to have seen the Yeren in the Shennongjia area over the past century, but no hard evidence has been found to prove the creature’s existence.


It does sound like this is an expedition to see what is out there. Is the Yeren and afterthought? Or is it the other way around – set up what looks like a valid expedition in order to hide that they are on a quest for a creature that is currently only rumor and myth.

Regardless, the suggestion of university researchers is promising. I’m sure they will learn something.

  5 comments for “Research expedition in China on the look out for the Yeren

  1. Massachusetts
    July 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    As long as legitimate biologists and other scientists are onboard I’m sure they will learn something. I think it’s more an issue when there are no trained scientists and nature experts on these expeditions, and they come back proudly displaying poorly collected non-evidence.

    I’m surprised that there are still large tracts of virgin, primitive forests in China, since they are so industrialized now and put such a low emphasis on environmental protection (not that we are doing much better of late.)

  2. Gareth
    July 2, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    There have been some concerns of late about the quality of a certain proportion of Chinese scientific literature, for me this doesn’t help.

  3. Massacshusetts
    July 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    They do have some very interesting known critters in them thar woods, including the big cats and monkeys, super rare all. Hopefully they will get some good info on them.

  4. July 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    There was a time when the same might have been said of the search for the Giant Panda.

  5. Gareth
    July 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    I don’t think so, because Pandas are real animals their remains have been found in association with humans for thousands of years. So I can’t really think of a way that that comparison would be appropriate.

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