Few mainstream scientists are willing to give any serious thought to the subject of “cryptids.” Some of the most legendary cryptids are Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil, and the Chupacabra.
For a professional academic, they run the risk of alienating their colleagues, losing their grants, and even jeopardizing their chance at tenure by publicly supporting such a controversial subject like cryptozoology.
Despite the threat to their careers, some notable scientists have dared to keep an open mind. Several years ago, Jane Goodall told the NRP that she was absolutely “sure” that Bigfoot exists, a belief she repeated last year in an interview with the Huffington Post, saying she was “fascinated” by the stories and unwilling to rule out the possibility that Sasquatch were indeed real.
At a press conference for his upcoming television projects, Attenborough spoke of his belief in the Yeti’s existence: “I believe the Abominable Snowman may be real. I think there may be something in that. There are footprints that stretch for hundreds of miles and we know that in the 1930’s a German fossil was found with these huge molars that were four or five times the size of human molars. They had to be the molars of a large ape, one that was huge, about 10 or 12 feet tall. It was immense.”
Attenborough added: “If you have walked the Himalayas, there are these immense rhododrendron forests that go on for hundreds of square miles which could hold the Yeti. If there are some still alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet that these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn’t be aware of them.”
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