Scientists Have Solved the Mystery of the Yeti

Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 2:42PM
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 2:42PM
Scientists Have Solved the Mystery of the Yeti
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It has been called many things over the centuries, including the Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, and the Bumble in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

No matter what you call the mysterious Himalayan snow beast, it probably won't respond because it's only a myth, but all myths contain a fraction of the truth.

Using specimens collected over the years, scientists say that they have cracked the case of the yeti and now know exactly what the creature is.

Biologist Dr. Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo led a team that analyzed genetic samples from bones, teeth, skin, hair, and fecal matter supposedly left behind by the elusive creature. 

With the exception of the tooth (which was canine), all of the samples were from plain old Himalayan brown and black bears, not a biped hairy monster that lives in a snow cave.

"Our findings strongly suggest that the biological underpinnings of the yeti legend can be found in local bears," said Lindqvist, "and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able to unravel other, similar mysteries."

"We didn't set out to debunk the myth," the biologist told CNN.

She and her team were asked to look at the samples by a group called Icon Films in 2016 during the making of a documentary about the legend.

"We were open-minded, and we did learn something." 

"I'm not an expert in the Yeti legend," Lindqvist added. "I'm not an anthropologist, but as someone who works with genetics, I thought this is the kind of the work that could tell an interesting story." 

Stories about the yeti date back before the 19th century and pre-Buddhist beliefs, and while there have been similar studies of DNA evidence in the past, we doubt the world will stop believing.

Those who claim to have seen yetis have also probably seen bears, so wouldn't they know the difference?
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Scientists Have Solved the Mystery of the Yeti