Dr. Goodall: As for the other, you're talking about a yeti or bigfoot or
Ira Flatow: Is that what he's talking about?
Dr. Goodall: Yes, it is
Ira Flatow: Is that the message I'm missing here?
Dr. Goodall: I think
that's the message you're missing and ...
Ira Flatow: (To the caller) Is that
Caller: Pretty much.
Ira Flatow: (Laughing) I'm out of the
loop. Go ahead.
Dr. Goodall: Well now, you'll be amazed when I tell you that I'm
sure that they exist.
Ira Flatow: You are?
Dr. Goodall: Yeah.
I've talked to so many Native Americans who all describe the same sounds, two
who have seen them. I've probably got about, oh, thirty books that have come
from different parts of the world, from China from, from all over the place,
and there was a little tiny snippet in the newspaper just last week which
says that British scientists have found what they believed to be a yeti hair
and that the scientists in the Natural History Museum in London couldn't
identify it as any known animal.
Ira Flatow: Wow.
Dr. Goodall: That was just a
wee bit in the newspaper and, obviously, we have to hear a little bit more
Ira Flatow: Well, in this age of DNA, if you find a hair there
might be some cells on it.
Dr. Goodall: Well, there will be and I'm sure that's
what they've examined and they don't match up. That's what my little tiny
snippet says. They don't match up with DNA cells from known animals, so --
Ira Flatow: Did you always have this belief that there., that they, that
Dr. Goodall: Well, I'm a romantic, so I always wanted them to
Ira Flatow: (To the caller) Alright?
Ira Flatow: Thanks for calling. (To Goodall) Well, how do you go looking
for them? I mean, people have been looking, right? It's not like, or has this
just been, since we don't really believe they can exist, we really haven't
really made a serious search.
Dr. Goodall: Well, there are people looking.
There are very ardent groups in Russia, and they have published a whole
lot of stuff about what they've seen. Of course, the big, the big
criticism of all this is, "Where is the body?" You know, why isn't there a
body? I can't answer that, and maybe they don't exist, but I want them to.