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Scientists Test 'Yeti' DNA, Unravel the Legend

New research suggests the man-like creature is just a bear

(Newser) - Yeti sightings have been reported in the Himalayas for centuries, with onlookers describing a man-like creature that some say is similar to a bear . In a sense, they got one thing right. DNA from purported yeti samples collected in Nepal and Tibet reveal the mysterious beasts and bears are likely... More »

'Yeti' Hairs Came From Bear—but Which Kind?

Scientist's theory of an undiscovered polar bear is challenged by new results

(Newser) - Research led by an Oxford scientist has suggested there could be something to legends of the yeti, even if it's not quite the creature legends would suggest. Bryan Sykes has argued, based on genetic analysis, that two hair samples collected by yeti enthusiasts in the Himalayas could indeed point... More »

Researcher: I Found Proof of Bigfoot in Russia

The latest supposed evidence is a piece of bark

(Newser) - People in the US have long been on the hunt for Bigfoot, just like those in Canada are in search of Sasquatch and the Himalayas lay claim to the Yeti. But did you know Russians have their own version of an extra large and hairy primate, the Almas? And now... More »

DNA Tests Find No Bigfoot, Possible Yeti

Most hair samples were from bears, cows, raccoons

(Newser) - If there are mysterious, hairy humanoids roaming the wilds of North America, they don't seem to be leaving any DNA behind, according to researchers who have carried out the first-ever comprehensive genetic review of hair samples supposedly from Bigfoot, the Sasquatch, or the Yeti. The alleged Bigfoot samples turned... More »

Scientist 'Solves' Yeti Mystery

Geneticist suspects it's a polar bear-brown bear hybrid

(Newser) - Whether you call it the Abominable Snowman or yeti, the mythical creature may have just jumped from the pages of fiction to the world of fact. Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes performed DNA testing on 27 suspected yeti samples that had been sent to him from around the world, and got... More »

Oxford Scholars Search for Yeti

Will use genetic analysis in serious investigation

(Newser) - The search for the yeti is going high-tech. Thanks to genetic analysis, Oxford researchers hope to say for sure whether the creature of lore exists, Gizmodo reports. Working in conjunction with the Lausanne Museum of Zoology, researchers are asking people who claim to have evidence of the yeti to send... More »

Siberia Turns Up 'Proof' of Yeti

Officials find 'footprints' and 'supposed bed'

(Newser) - Siberian officials say they've uncovered concrete proof of an Abominable Snowman living nearby. Have they actually spotted him? Well, not Yeti—but during an expedition to the Shoria mountains, participants found the creature's "footprints, his supposed bed, and various markers with which the yeti marks his territory,... More »

Chinese Yeti Just a Civet With Mange?

(Newser) - It seems that the mysterious yeti found in Sichuan, China, may be just a civet with a bad case of mange. Loren Coleman, an author of many books on mythical creatures, hypothesizes that the "yeti" is either a common civet or a Himalayan palm civet infected with parasitic mites... More »

Chinese Hunters Capture 'Yeti'

The bizarre, hairless creature is being studied by scientists

(Newser) - A bizarre hairless creature dubbed a "yeti" and captured by hunters in China's Sichuan province is being studied by scientists. "It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn't have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo," said one of the hunters. "... More »

Himalaya Adventurers Find 'Yeti Tracks'

Traces aren't animal, experts say, 'look human'

(Newser) - The legendary abominable snowman of the Himalayas remains camera-shy, but a Japanese team has made a breakthrough, discovering what the lead researcher says are yeti footprints. "Myself and other team members have been coming to the Himalayas for years and we can recognize bear, deer, wolf and snow leopard... More »

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