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DNA analysis done has lead to a British geneticist to suggest that the Abominable Snowman may actually be real and that it would be related to bears.
Professor Bryan Sykes of Oxford University studied DNA samples taken from unknown Himalayan animals and found they shared similar genetic markings, The Associated Press reports. The two animals share a 100 percent match with a 40,000-year-old+ polar bear jawbone that was found in Norway.
This lead Sykes to suggest that evidence shows that Yetis could actually be some not yet discovered cross between polar bears and brown bears.
The Telegraph notes that the two samples Sykes used were found in different places and time. One sample was found 40 years ago in Ladakh, India and the other was found in Bhutan a decade ago. The animal in Ladakh was shot by a hunter who found the animal alarming and unusual.
"The fact that the hunter, who had great experience of bears thought this one was in some way unusual and was frightened of it, makes me wonder if this species of bear might behave different," Sykes said. "Maybe it is more aggressive, more dangerous or is more bipedal than other bears."
Yetis have been a part of the public imagination for a long time, as witnesses have made claims spanning centuries, and back in 1951 British climber Eric Shipton found a footprint at the base of Everest, which renewed interest in the creature.
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