It's possible a Yeti bear has been uncovered by a British scientist who believes the creature is a hybrid of an ancient polar bear and the Abominable Snowman. The Telegraph reports Oct. 17 that the Yeti bear inhabits the upper ranges of the Himalayas.
A geneticist from the University of Oxford, professor Bryan Sykes, has discovered an interesting genetic match. The report said he conducted DNA tests on hair taken from two unknown animals with one of them in very different regions of the Himalayan mountains in India. One was in Ladakh in northern India and the other from Bhutan, 800 miles east. The Ladakh sample was from mummified remains of an "unusual" creature shot 40 years ago. The Bhutan sample was from a single hair found in a bamboo forest about ten years ago by filmmakers.
Sykes found an exact match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone discovered in Svalbard, Norway about 40,000 years ago. The history of that piece could date as far back as 120,000 and was during a time the polar bear and brown bear were beginning to separate into their own species. Skyes believes the Yeti bear is a cross between polar and brown bears because the DNA samples taken for the research are from animals currently living in the Himalayas.
Both hairs were brown colored and the Ladakh sample gives the impression that the creature would have been about 5-feet tall. Although that is smaller than what Yeti is believed to be, the animals may have had other traits that fit the mythical description.
Professor Skyes said:
“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.”
"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 differently. Maybe it is more aggressive, more dangerous or is more bipedal than other bears.”
The only bears that Skyes said exist in these regions of the Himalayans are sloth bears, brown bears, and Asiatic black bears. The scientist admits more research needs to be conducted interpreting the DNA samples.
“It could mean there is a sub species of brown bear in the High Himalayas descended from the bear that was the ancestor of the polar bear. Or it could mean there has been more recent hybridisation between the brown bear and the descendant of the ancient polar bear,” Skyes added.
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