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A scientist from the University of Oxford, Bryan Sykes, may have just taken the mystery out of the perennial case of the Abominable Snowman which has sparked imaginations for centuries.
Professor Sykes recently compared samples between two strange creatures from the Himalayas and Bhutan, which were said to belong to the Yeti with the DNA sequences of a polar bear that lived 40,000 years ago. Results showed a 100 percent match between the three creatures.
The Telegraph quoted Sykes, “This is a species that hasn’t been recorded for 40,000 years. Now, we know one of these was walking around ten years ago. And what’s interesting is that we have found this type of animal at both ends of the Himalayas. If one were to go back, there would be others still there.”
Sykes research has led him to believe that there might be another subspecies of the brown bear, possibly a hybrid of the polar bear as well, which has remained uncatalogued for centuries, says The Mirror. That the polar bear samples used in his research date back to 40,000 years ago reveals that this unknown Yeti might have disseminated from an era when the polar bear and brown bear were just starting to separate as species.
Sykes remarked, “Bigfootologists and other enthusiasts seem to think that they’ve been rejected by science. Science doesn’t accept or reject anything, all it does is examine the evidence and that is what I’m doing.”