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DNA testing suggests elusive Yeti could be a polar bear hybrid roaming the Himalayas
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:34 AM EDT
Could the Abominable Snowman be a bear?
Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes compared hair samples taken from two unidentified Himalayan animals to a database of animal genomes.
He says they shared a genetic fingerprint with an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Norway that is at least 40,000 years old.
Sykes says the evidence suggests the mysterious creature may be a hitherto undiscovered cross between polar bears and brown bears.
Tom Gilbert, professor of paleogenomics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, says Sykes' conclusion is a "reasonable explanation" for Yeti sightings.