Yeti, Big Foot are just bears

AFP
Published Jul 3, 2014, 10:30 am IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 9:36 pm IST
The evidence comes from DNA testing of hair samples
The remains of what appears to be a foot of Yeti. (photo: AFP)
 The remains of what appears to be a foot of Yeti. (photo: AFP)

Paris: For those who believe in the yeti, the news can only be described as, well, abominable. Science has cast its methodical eye on samples of hair reputed to have been left by the Himalayan snowman of legend, and determined they came from a bear or a goat.

Similarly crushing disappointment lies in wait for those who believe in Big Foot, the yeti’s North American counterpart; in the almasty, the elusive man Central Asia; and in the orang pendek, a bipedal hominid reputed to roam the forests of Sumatra.

 

The evidence, reported in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, comes from DNA testing of hair samples attributed to “anomalous primates,” a neutral term for these creatures of legend.
 

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