Mar 17, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Cryptid Collector Calls for Credible Contributions

The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, has issued a call for cryptozoological organic samples that it will present to qualified genetic scientists for DNA testing. The museum says the results will be published in a scientific journal and the process will be filmed for a documentary. With all due respect to the owner of the museum, I have a few concerns.

The team the museum has pulled together is vague at best. The “well-known, world-renowned genetic scientists” have not been identified yet. The documentary is being produced by an anonymous but “reputable serious British TV production company,” a description which I believe contains both redundancies and an oxymoron.

The request is for samples from any and all cryptids and also from new populations of possibly not really extinct creatures like the ivory-billed woodpecker. The museum would particularly like samples of “hair shafts, teeth, skulls.” Those wishing to have these tested can either send a description by email or mail the sample “in a new, unused zipper storage bag or container.” Snail mail and baggies? I’m no shipping expert but my lunch sandwiches don’t survive the trip from home to work in a plastic bag.

Is this the best way to send Yeti DNA?

While it’s billed as the “world’s only cryptozoology museum,” any credible cryptid samples would certainly upgrade the current exhibits substantially. Real DNA beats plaster casts, plastic models and unauthenticated evidence any day. The museum boasts of hair from Abominable Snowmen, Bigfoot, Yowie, and Orang Pendek as well as Yeti fecal matter. Perhaps the DNA testing should start here.

The International Cryptozoology Museum sounds like an interesting place to spend a day learning about what little we know about cryptids and what little, if any, real evidence we have of their existence. If you have what you believe to be cryptid hair shafts, teeth or skulls, take them to your local science museum first. In a sturdy box.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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