Although it has not revealed the existence of the abominable snowman, DNA analysis has shed light on the evolutionary family tree of bears, scientists say
Huge, ape-like and hairy, the yeti has roamed its route into legend, tantalising explorers, mountaineers and locals with curious footprints and fleeting appearances. Now researchers say the elusive dweller of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau has been unmasked.
Scientists analyzing nine samples- including hair and teeth- supposedly from yetis, say the samples are not from a huge hominin but in fact largely belonged to bears.
Just one sample, taken from a curious stuffed “yeti”, bucked the trend- the being turned out to be a taxidermy mash-up boasting the hair of a bear and the teeth of a dog.
” It demonstrates that modern science can really try and tackle some of these mysteries and unsolved questions that we have ,” said Dr Charlotte Lindqvist, an expert on bear genomics and co-author of the research from the University at Buffalo.
The study is not the first time it has been suggest the yeti might be more ursine than abominable.
A recent analyse, based on genetic analysis from samples purportedly from yeti-like beasts the world over, found that while most of the samples came from known animals, two from Bhutan and the Indian Himalayas were more mysterious. The team suggested they might be from an unknown species of bear, or a descendant from a hybrid of a polar and brown bear.
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