British scientist gives a lead to the mysterious Himalayan yeti

yetiBryan Sykes, genetics professor of the Oxford University concluded in his research that the Himalayan yeti may in fact be part of a family of brown bears.

In Oxford University, genetics professor Bryan Sykes discovered that the creature’s hair samples on advanced DNA tests matched those with the ancient polar bear.

Moreover, he added that the “yeti”, may be a biological creature and is a cross-breed of polar bears and brown bears.

He also pointed out that its behavior may be linked to being hybrid as it behaves differently from normal bears as reported by eyewitnesses.

He carried out DNA tests on two unidentified animals from distinct locations, one from Ladakh, north of India and west of Himalayas and Bhutan, 1,285km (800 miles) further east.

After which, the outcomes were compared to the genomes of other animals stored on a DNA database._70534978_bwwyvnxcaaaoh63-1

Sykes uncovered that he found a 100% match with a 40,000 and 120,000 year old DNA sample of an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway. This dates back to the years when both white and brown bears are separating as breeds.

The single sample from Ladakh came from the mummified remains of specie around 40 years ago, while the latter, a single hair strand found in a bamboo forest by filmmakers around 10 years ago.

This could mean that there is a possible hybridization between the brown bear and the ancient polar bear’s descendant.

In the year 2008, American scientists studied hairs given to the British Broadcasting Corporation which were claimed to be from the yeti. As the research progressed, they concluded that the hairs, taken from the north-east Indian state of Meghalaya belonged to a class of Himalayan goat, the Himalayan Goral.



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