New findings suggest that the Himalayan Yeti, believed by some to be related to North America’s ape-like Sasquatch, is in fact an ancient, rare bear.
A British scientist offered this theory after comparing DNA from hair samples allegedly taken from two Yetis, mythical creatures also dubbed “the Abominable Snowman.”
Tests showed the hair samples came from animals descended from a 40,000-year-old Norwegian polar bear.
Local inhabitants insist the Yeti is real – a hairy, bipedal hominid. Oxford genetics professor Bryan Sykes said he’s simply trying “to inject some science into a rather murky field … you can’t invent a DNA sequence from a hair.”
The Yeti became popularized in Western culture after a 1921 British Himalayan expedition came across unexplained tracks in the snow, which locals attributed to the legendary apeman. Renowned mountaineer Eric Shipton photographed similar footprints while climbing on Mt. Everest in 1951, adding fuel to the mystery. Sir Edmund Hillary also saw unexplained footprints two years later when he successfully summited Everest.
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