It’s called the Almas and if the evidence is real, it looks like Russia’s version of Yeti and Bigfoot is checking out potential living quarters in a Moscow suburb.
The Moscow Times reports that Andrei Stroganov, a biophysical technologist at Moscow's Agricultural Academy, found a piece of tree bark in July in the Solnechnogorsk district northwest of Moscow that had horizontal claw marks made by a primate with a 9-inch-long hand or paw that do not resemble scratches made by a bear or a human. Stroganov says the bark was taken from a nearby two-meter-long tree trunk and appeared to have been intentionally placed in the ground, possible as a marker or sign.
Igor Burstev, head of the International Center of Hominology in Moscow and a recognized Almas, Yeti and Bigfoot expert, examined the scratches and concurs with Stroganov that markings could be from a Yeti. Burstev recently returned from a trip to the Urals region of Chelyabinsk where he talked to a purported Almas witness who showed him evidence that confirmed his belief in the creature he says is a distant human relative.
When Homo sapiens started populating the world, it viciously exterminated its closest relative in the hominid family, Homo neanderthalensis. Some of the Neanderthals, however, may have survived to this day in some mountainous wooded habitats that are more or less off limits to their arch foes.
Burstev believes that Almas mark their territories with sticks and bark so he sees the bark marks as important evidence. He recorded Stroganov taking swabs of the scratches which will be sent, along with pieces of the bark, to Alabama where Vladimir Yamschekov, a Russian-born researcher, will study the shape and test the DNA. Why Alabama?
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