Perhaps (or not) you are wondering about the status of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project
(OLCHP) which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and analyzing the DNA in the samples. We have not heard anything official from the project but Bigfooters are quite loose with the speculation and fantastic gossipers. So, we have information that Dr. Bryan Sykes was here in the U.S. speaking with people like hunter and Sierra Kills witness Justin Smeja
and Bigfoot researcher Rhettman Mullis. But nothing more has happened other than a site update on the OLCHP project announcing the following:
We have collected and analysed over thirty samples and results are being prepared for publication. Following normal procedure, no results or other information will be available prior to publication, so please do not enquire.
You can still send samples to be analyzed but you will have to fork up about $2,000 per sample.
Dr. Sykes did correspond back in February to clear up this bear DNA story.
But that was not related to this project results exactly.
In the past two weeks, Bigfoot sites have been breathlessly blogging that he may have The Proof and that he is getting ready to publish. This constitutes news? No it doesn’t. It’s meaningless but good for hits for those looking for info that isn’t here yet.
So, I decided to ask him myself, as a representative of the more evidence-based cryptozoology faction (not the post-every-blobsquatch and spout “sourced” rumor factions). It’s abundantly clear that I find rumor-mongering blogs unreliable and do not condone visiting due to their objectionable anti-skeptic, sexist and rude tone. So, here’s the official word from Sykes:
I am concentrating rather too much on writing up the project results to keep up with all the latest gossip. Nothing has fundamentally changed and the results will be made available to one and all at the time of publication.
I may, however, allow myself time to read your take on the Ketchum study.
He is referring to my chronology of the Ketchum DNA project which is now available online here. The Oxford project has moved steadily along, in contrast to the Ketchum drag-on-for-five-years program. There is a large step in credibility with this OLCHP than with the Ketchum study. I don’t expect it to generate the anti-science bashing that hers did. It’s been interesting to observe the two.
So, the writeup is currently being undertaken but it does appear that publication will be at the same time as the release of the results. Good. It won’t be by TV show or something Hollywood like that. Though, who knows what may follow. It honestly does not matter WHAT the results of Sykes study shows, it moves us farther along in one direction or another. We can’t wait.