In news that every fourth grader could have guessed. Scientists think Yetis might be real. Recent (10 years ago) DNS evidence collected from a Himalayan hunter and a French film crew suggest that the Yeti may actually be a decendent of an ancient polar bear.
Research by Professor Bryan Sykes, a geneticist from the University of Oxford, has not only uncovered a genetic match between samples thought to come from the elusive creature and another that lived more than 40,000 years ago, but also suggests the beast is still roaming the mountains.
Professor Sykes believes that the animals are hybrids – crosses between polar bears and brown bears. Because the newly identified samples are from creatures which are recently alive, he thinks the hybrids are still living in the Himalayas.
So there you have it. Yetis are real. Knew it. They are still out there. Knew it. And, they are absolutely nothing like you expected. They are 5 foot tall, light brown, bears. If I had to guess I’d say that’s not a yeti.
Now we have a better view into how science and cryptozoology are in each other’s pockets. Instead of agreeing that an animal either does or does not exist they just redefined the creature completely and found something else that else to be the mythical creature. Seems questionable to me.
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