Shock new DNA findings in Yeti mystery revealed in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 13:38 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:32 23 October 2013

Mark Evans at Everest Base Camp

Mark Evans at Everest Base Camp


A SHOCK new development in the mystery of the Yeti was revealed in Hertfordshire.

Mark Evans at Everest Base CampMark Evans at Everest Base Camp

The announcement of DNA results which show the mythical Abominable Snowman could be an ancient type of polar bear or polar bear/ brown bear hybrid, was made at the Natural History Museum, in Tring.

A Channel 4 TV show, called ‘The Bigfoot Files’, featured the shock new findings on Sunday night.

Standing among taxidermied bears at the museum, Prof Bryan Sykes, of Wolfson College, University of Oxford said: “It wasn’t a sloth bear, it wasn’t a black bear and it wasn’t a brown bear.

“The DNA result is a perfect match with a polar bear.

“It isn’t a modern polar bear.

“It matches an ancient polar bear’s DNA, taken from a jawbone of a polar bear that dies at least 40,000 years ago.”

The professor made the revelation that the genetic tests matched a polar bear bone unearthed in Svalbard, Norway, in 2004, to show presenter Mark Evans.

A team tested hairs from two previously unknown beasts, which were found 800 miles apart, one sample from Bhutan and another from Ladakh, Indian Kashmir, both in the Himalayas mountain range.

The legend of the Yeti (called the Migou, in Bhutan and the Tengmo, in Ladakh) became a sensation in 1951, when mountaineer Eric Shipton took photographs of a number of footprints in the snow at what is now the Everest Base Camp, at about 20,000 feet above sea level.

In the show on Sunday, Mark Evans visited the site where the footprints were said to have been found.

Prof Sykes concluded the findings may have provided “a biological basis for the Yeti legend in the Himalayas”.

The second part of The Bigfoot Files will air on Channel 4 at 8pm on Sunday and will examine the legend of Bigfoot, otherwise known as Sasquatch, in North America.

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