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More than a dozen hair/fiber samples were collected in the wild, in North America, in 2008 (and so far in 2009), and sent to the BFRO. Many have not yet been identified yet, but are likely not primate hairs.

As with any set of hair/fiber samples collected over a given period by bigfoot enthusiasts, most will eventually be identified as known mammals or plant fibers, but some will probably be non-human primates -- the type we are interested in.

The first step in analyzing hair/fiber samples is microscope analysis -- not DNA analysis. DNA analysis is a time consuming, expensive process that should only be directed at hairs that have been been vetted via microscopy first.

Dr. Henner Fahrenbach had been receiving, analyzing and vetting hair/fiber samples for the BFRO for the past 12 years or so. He has graciously provided a comparitive microscope slide for reference (included in the linked album on the right). This sample from Fahrenbach was one of a few (among the many submitted) that he believes may be from a non-human primate. His conclusion in that regard considers a wide variety of factors, which will be explained later.

Very good digital microscopes are becoming more affordable, so more people will be able to acquire microscopy images than in the past. With that in mind, it will be helpful for bigfooters (i.e. bigfoot research enthusiasts) to become familiar with different types of mammal hairs.

Each hair image in the BFRO hair gallery has its own commentary section, but we have disabled those sections because the photo sharing site "Photobucket" forces people to register before posting. If you are going to have to register to comment on the images then you might as well register on the BFRO's public forum and post your comments there.

We would like to see comments from hair experts who can help identify the sources of the various samples provided to us. Some of the hairs/fibers from the 2008-09 collection have already been identified, but others have not.

 



The hair samples linked above which were sent to the BFRO for examination were mounted with permount fluid and coverslipped before being photographed under a digital microscope.

The current hair examiner for the BFRO is a young scientist (Ph.D. in Ecology from Princeton) hired by Adrian Erickson (British Columbia). The digital microscope equipment she is using was provided by Wally Hersom (California). Hersom and Erickson are currently the two major financiers of independent bigfoot research projects.





 
The articles linked below are at least a few years old by now, but most of what they say is not out-of-date. The supreme authority on this topic still seems to be a man named Doug Deedrick -- the FBI's top hair guy at Quantico. A few of his articles are linked below. Deedrick's articles will make you relatively knowledgeable on the subject very quickly.

  2000 Deedrick Article: Hairs, Fibers, Crime and Evidence

2004 Deedrick Article: Microscopy of Hair


The next group of articles relate to the bigfoot-specific work of Dr. Henner Fahrenbach. Fahrenbach closely followed the efforts analyze purported bigfoot/yeti samples over the years. He has a unique perspective on the subject of bigfoot hair analysis. Some of these articles/comments below are more than ten years old, so some of the assertions may be incorrect at this point in time, especially regarding avenues of forensic inquiry that he concludes are "futile" (at that time, way back in the 1990's).

  From the BFRO's FAQ pages -- Anatomy of Sasquatch

Comments/Correspondence regarding Bigfoot Hair Analysis

Additional links can be added on the BFRO's public discussion board.

The BFRO is hoping to receive more hair samples this year. If you find hairs in the wild near any of the incident locations shown on the Google Earth layer, please let us know. Please email us at Contact@BFRO.net. We may ask you to send photos of the hairs, and photos of what they were snagged on, etc., to help rule out possible sources.

If you are a student or teacher at a university with equipment for acquiring different types of microscopy images (especially scanning electron microscope imagery), or equipment for DNA analysis, and you are in a good position to encourage discrete involvement in this type forensic inquiry, please contact us at Contact@BFRO.net

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