This Siberian Snowman (illustrated above), which was individually named Mecheny by the eyewitnesses, is from Loren Coleman’s and Patrick Huyghe’s The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates.
The media has been all over this news, even using the words cryptozoology and cryptozoologists.
Here is the latest on the first meetings of the conference from Dmitri Bayanov:
The preliminary conference in Moscow at the Darwin Museum went off today very well. You can see its program below.
Now the participants flew off to Tashtagol in Siberia.
I stayed home due to my “young” age. Dmitri
October 5, 2011, from 11:00 to 17:00
11:00 – Greeting by Dr. Anna I. Klyukina, Director, Darwin Museum
11:10 – Opening speech by Senator, Dr . Sergey V. Shatirov
11:20 – Opening address by Igor D. Burtsev, Director, International Center of Hominology
11:30 Dmitri Y. Bayanov, Science Director, International Center of Hominology, Moscow
The Problem of Acknowledgement of Hominology by the Scientific Community
11:50 Dr. John Bindernagel, biologist, British Columbia, Canada
Ecological Approach to the Problem of Hominoids
12:30 Anatoly M. Fokin, ethnographer, organizer of expeditions in Kirov Region, Kirov
Review of Observations and Findings in the Kirov Region
13:00 Lunch break (40 minutes)
13:40 Dr. Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, Pocatello, USA
“The Relict Hominoid Inquiry” and the Changing Attitudes in Anthropology.
14:10 Dmitry V. Pirkulov, film producer, expeditions participant, Moscow
Some Fresh Data from the North Caucasus
14:30 Robin Lynne Pfeifer, bigfoot contactee for two years in Michigan, USA (she did not arrive due to visa delay)
Review of her observations, reported by Igor Burtsev who had stayed with her in Michigan
15:10 Ronald Morehead, researcher of bigfoot vocalizations recorded by him in California, USA
Study of Bigfoot Vocalizations
15:45 Dr. Prof. Valentin B. Sapunov, Director, Cryptobiology Association, St. Petersburg
Psychophysical Evolution of Hominoids
16:15 Concluding speech by Igor Burtsev
Perspectives of contacts and co-existence between people and hominoids
16:30-17:00 Briefing for Russian and foreign mass media
Dinner for delegates in the Darwin Museum
Departure of conference participants to the airport
Earlier media summary with added notes:
An international conference devoted to the Siberian Snowman (or sometimes termed “Yeti” by the media) is being held this coming weekend in Russia. Prominent scientists from the U.S., Canada, Spain, Sweden and Mongolia convened in the Kemerovo region of southern Siberia. Among them are biologists, anthropologists, geneticists, experts in bioinformatics, ecologists and historians. All these scientists are enthusiasts who are studying the Yeti phenomenon.
A debate has been going on for over fifty years on the existence of the Snowman. Some insist that this is not a scientific idea but some others disagree with them. It will be correct to describe the Snowman as our neighbour because it exists concurrently with us, says director of International Hominology Centre in Moscow, Igor Burtsaev.
“We have concluded that these living beings are in principle human beings because they can even talk and communicate with people. They are another species that differ from us, of course. Yetis are well adapted to nature. Their life style is similar to that of animals. They do not use tools, clothes or fire but are quite intelligent. They have their own weapons – paranormal capabilities, which have helped them to survive and even compete with humans. They have shifted to another dimension – crepuscular life and live in not easily accessible places,” Igor Burtsaev said.
Igor Burtsaev has been studying the Snowman over 50 years and established contacts with thousands of researchers across the world. He is the initiator of the international conference in Russia. It’s no mere chance that Mountainous Shoria district in southern Kemerovo region, which is known as Siberian Switzerland, has been chosen as the venue of the forthcoming conference. According to the results of expeditions and eyewitnesses, the largest population of Yetis in Russia, over 30 specimens, lives on this territory. People have seen Yetis in many Russian regions, including the Moscow region.
Among the participants of the conference are an anthropologist at the Idaho University, Professor Jeffrey Meldrum, Sierra Sound’s Ron Morehead, British Columbia biologist John Bindernagel, and director of the Institute of Paleontology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and Professor Sergei Gashev at Tyumen State University. After the exchange of information gathered during a many expeditions to places where unknown hominoids live across the world, the participants of the conference will visit caves in Mountainous Shoria district, where there are not only giant footprints similar to those of humans but also special markers left by the local Snowmen on their path.
The outcome of the conference will be the opening of a Hominology Research Institute at Kemerovo State University that will embrace about 30 Russian scientists who are studying the Siberian Snowman.