Last year, a researcher said he had analyzed DNA samples and found that Yeti was actually a polar bear-related species, a species that had disappeared 40,000 years ago. Now, a new DNA analysis contradicts this theory.
The first test was conducted by Bryan Skyes, professor of genetics at Oxford University. The samples were two hairs, one found in the Ladakh region of the Western Himalayas and another found in Bhutan.
The results were then compared to the genes of several animal species from the GenBank database.
Thus, Skyes said that hair belongs to a prehistoric polar bear species, a fossil specimen found in Svalbard, Norway. The fossil has an age of 40,000-120,000 years.
Therefore, Skyes said, the animal from which these hairs come is a hybrid between the polar bear and the brown bear, these being related species.
Skyes’ theory is now being challenged by other researchers, who invoke an error in data analysis.
Ross Barnett of the University of Copenhagen and Ceiridwen Edwards of Oxford University have also analyzed these hairs.
They say that the hair belongs to a Himalayan bear (ursus arctos isabellinus), a brown bear subspecies that is living on high mountain such as Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and India. This bear is rarely encountered.
Professor Skyes acknowledged the mistake made, but he states that it is essential that these hairs do not belong to any unknown primates, as those who believe in Yeti’s existence claim.
The presence of a Snowman, also called the Yeti, has been mentioned for hundreds of years in the Himalayas, many hikers and locals saying they saw a hairy creature that looked like a monkey.
Reinhold Messner, the first climber to climb Everest without additional oxygen, is studying this creature he would have met in 1986.
He discovered a Tibetan manuscript 300 years ago that writes about the Yeti, which he portrays as a bear species, exactly as the two researchers claim.