Richard Noll:

Mr. Trachtengerts,

I found your web site and discussion about the pictures of the yeti most fascinating. This news is not general knowledge in the American Sasquatch/Bigfoot arena. I have posted (through the internet) your web site address to the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Research Organization, www.BFRO.net) of which I am a Curator for the State of Washington. I too see these horn like objects in the pictures presented. I have a couple of guesses as to what they may be that I would be interested in your comments on:

1.Gorillas have been known, seen and filmed placing objects like leafs and other vegetation on their heads in play or during a rain. What was the weather conditions at the time of the RN> pictures? Could these objects seen on what might be the head of a yeti be something of this nature? Does it appear that these objects move from place to place on the head between exposures?

- The weather was warm and dry with some clouds in the sky. I do not think the objects are something put on the head: these are vertical, not laying on surface.

2. Could (through the action of wind, water and/or self grooming) these bright areas that RN> seem to stand up be something called "dreadlocks"?

- Self grooming may be a reason, but not natural wind or water, because the other part of hair is dark and seems unaffected.

3. Could these be self induced alterations of the head hair into objects of desire from the opposite sex? An application of natural and local occurring minerals mixed with water to form a lighter color and stiffness?

- We know nothing yet about sexual life of the creatures.

4. Is it possible that this new technique you used in enlarging these images using a photocopier machine and camera, introduced some type of aberration? Did you also make a control set of images from a known animal photo?

- Aberration is not visible on the other objects, such as boulders, mountains and s.o., and so supposably does not distort image of the creature.

I ask these questions because I do not think that these are natural occurring growths (as in horns on a devil). They are not symmetrical and appear randomly placed on the head. This would lead one to think of them being produced by the individual animal in some way.

- I think that these objects are not growths of bone too.

Very interesting work!