Oxford professor Bryan Sykes, a geneticist, has discovered what he thinks is DNA proof of the possibility of the yeti (or abominable snowman.) Professor Sykes did his own DNA tests on strands of hair from two unidentified animals trekking through the Himalaya’s over the last few decades. What he found was astounding. When the hairs were tested against a DNA database, they were a 100% match for a polar bear jawbone . . .from 40,000 years ago.
Sykes had this to say when talking to The Telegraph:
“There’s more work to be done on interpreting the results. I don’t think it means there are ancient polar bears wandering around the Himalayas.”
Sykes believes that the potential abominable snowman could be a hybrid polar and black bear that behaves differently than other bears; it could be more or less aggressive and walk on two feet. There is also the possibility that it could be the yeti.
BIZZAM!! A Brief History of the Yeti
The legend of the yeti in Nepal has been around since pre-19th century, with the first Westerner accounts of the creature appearing in 1832 in James Prinsep’s Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. In it, he published an account by trekker B. H. Hodgson, whose local guides spotted a bipedal creature covered in black fur who fled in fear. Hodgson concluded it must have been an orangutan.
One of the most famous accounts of the yeti was from Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who reported seeing large footprints while scaling Mount Everest. Hillary and Norgay would later discount yeti reports as unreliable. Norgay would admit, though, that he had never seen the creature but his father had twice; Norgay remained sceptical.
Beginning in 1957, wealthy oilman Tom Slick began a series of investigations into the yeti myth, funding expeditions and personally attending. In 1959, a sample of supposed yeti feces was found during a Slick expedition. Analysis found a parasite that could not be identified. Bernard Heuvelmans, a cryptozoologist, wrote, “Since each animal has its own parasites, this indicated that the host animal is equally an unknown animal.”
In 2007, Josh Gates and his team from Syfy’s Destination Truth reported finding footprints in the Everest region of Nepal. Each of the footprints measured 13 inches in length with five toes that measured a total of 9.8 inches across. Casts were made of the prints and were subsequently examined. Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University, believed them to be too morphologically accurate to be man made or fakes. After further examination, though, he changed his mind. In 2009, Gates made another investigation where he discovered hair samples that, when tested, contained an unknown DNA sequence.