Jane Goodall is hopeful about Bigfoot. Don’t assume more than that.

Jane Goodall Fascinated By Bigfoot VIDEO – The Huffington Post.

The most famous primatologist in the world is ape about Bigfoot.

Jane Goodall made her name studying chimpanzees in Africa and by discovering that they, like humans, use tools.

Since then, she has been working to preserve their decreasing numbers via the Jane Goodall Insititute. She also admitted to an interest in the mysterious creature known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch or the Yeti.

“I’m not going to flat-out deny its existence,” Goodall said during an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post before a benefit dinner in La Jolla, Calif. “I’m fascinated and would actually love them to exist.

“Of course, it’s strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I’ve read all the accounts.”

Tip: Eve Siebert

This is old news that has been well used by Bigfoot proponents. See this transcript from the NPR interview back in 2002. She clearly notes she is a “romantic” and “…maybe they don’t exist, but I want them to.”

She says she won’t “flat-out deny” Bigfoot’s existence. However, “it’s strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I’ve read all the accounts.”

As our tipster, Eve, notes: There’s really nothing much to the story–what Goodall actually says isn’t that extraordinary–but the headline makes it sound as if one of the world’s most famous primatologists gives credence to the possibility that Bigfoot exists.

Good going, Huff Po (and other outlets). This is why you need a site like this one to point out the bits you may not notice that change the meaning of the story ENTIRELY.

  3 comments for “Jane Goodall is hopeful about Bigfoot. Don’t assume more than that.

  1. October 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Heck. I think most skeptics would love for Bigfoot to exist along with other unlikely things that we concern ourselves with. Flat out denial of the possibility of Bigfoot is not skepticism. Doubt as a reason to investigate is skepticism. Goodall’s comment, “it’s strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I’ve read all the accounts” is a skeptical take on the evidence for Bigfoot.

    The writer really had to stretch to get that headline. Slow news day or the usual? Poor science journalism from media outlets?

    • One Eyed Jack
      October 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      You are confusing Huffington Post with a news outlet.

  2. October 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I visited Jeff Meldrum a few weeks ago, and Jane entered our conversation. I called her a romantic, and Jeff agreed that she is, but insisted that romancing the idea of Bigfoot wasn’t all that encouraged Jane’s hope. I agreed with him, but I still think she’s 90% romantic when it comes to Bigfoot.

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