Nicole Grey (foenix) wrote,
Nicole Grey
foenix

Damnit.

Well, the link horfed and I can't find the site, so here's the full story.

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Scientists Claim Yeti DNA Evidence

By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

April 6 British scientists in search of the yeti have found the best evidence yet for the
existence of the legendary creature, a strand of hair, the DNA of which has proved
impossible to identify.

The tall, nocturnal, hairy creature who many say dwells around the forests and
mountains of the Himalayas supposedly inhabits the hollow of a cedar tree in the
Kingdom of Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas.

Working on a documentary for Channel 4, the British expedition team found a long
black hair on the tree bark after Sonam Dhendup, the King of Bhutan's official yeti
hunter for the past 12 years, led them into a forest where locals claimed to have
discovered a piece of a mysterious skin.

The results of DNA analysis on the hair follicle have surprised even skeptical
researchers.

"It's not a human, it's not a bear, nor anything else that we've so far been able to
identify," Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at the Institute of Molecular
Medicine in Oxford, told New Scientist.

In the documentary, one eyewitness a former royal guard called Druk Sherrik
described his encounter with the Migyur, as the Buthanese call the yeti. "It was huge.
It must have been nine feet tall. The arms were enormous and hairy. The face was
red with a nose like a chimpanzee."

In the past, traces of hair and footprints believed to be from the yeti were in fact from
bears, langur monkeys, himalayan goats and pigs. But the British finding raise the
possibility that the sample belongs to an unknown species.

"We have never encountered any DNA that we couldn't recognize before," said
Sykes, a pioneer of DNA identification as the first genetist to extract DNA from
archaeological bone specimens.

Inside the cedar tree, Rob McCall, an evolutionary biologist from the University of
Oxford, found scratch marks resembling claw. Nearby, he saw odd footprints just a
couple of hours old. They showed a short print with a narrow heel and toe pads.

"Yeti was an official protected species in the Kingdom of Nepal until the mid late
1950's, so someone obviously believes in them," says Lama Surya Das, one of the
foremost American Lamas in the Buddhist tradition and author of Wisdom Tales from
Tibet.

"I've also seen scalps at monasteries high in the Himalayas, but I think they belonged
to species of Himalayan red bear. I personally believe that the Yeti, like the Native
American's legendary Susquatch (Bigfoot) are mostly figments of the imagination."
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