The Yeti, which translates to “Snowman” in the local language, is a giant, mystical creature believed to live in the frigid Himalayas and some northern mountains.
Legendary creature of legend
The Yeti, which translates to “Snowman” in the local language, is a giant, mystical creature believed to live in the frigid Himalayas and some northern mountains. According to description, Yeti in the Himalayan mountain region of the plateau of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. This creature has an ape-like shape, larger than normal people, with a height of up to 2 meters.
The story of the Yeti was spread to the West in the 19th century. Many speculations have arisen that the Yeti is the ancestor of mankind. It is even suggested that it may be a surviving member of an extinct, lurking human species that science has not yet known. Throughout the 20th century, hunters, explorers, and researchers from the West scoured the Himalayas in search of this mysterious creature.
In 1951, British mountaineer Eric Shipton photographed a series of giant footprints in the snow on Everest, believed to be proof that the Yeti existed. After that, people continued to track down and discovered many samples of hair, bones, teeth, and skin in the Himalayan high mountain area. These specimens are considered key evidence to decipher the existence of rare snowmen in Asia.
The truth about the legendary monster
From the specimens found, over the years, scientists have painstakingly conducted research. However, all results indicate that this is most likely just a species of bear living in the Himalayas. Studies have shown that this is a large bear strain, but it is still rejected by many experts. The Yeti’s secret seemed to be forgotten once again.
In 2017, researchers from the University at Buffalo, New York, USA conducted DNA analysis from the most famous specimens believed to be of the Yeti. As a result, they obtained up to 8 specimens discovered in the Himalayas, all of which were derived from brown bears. Only one specimen is of a dog.
Therefore, researchers believe that the existence of the giant yeti snowman is actually just a species of Himalayan brown bear, not an ape, nor a human, much less a human ancestor, like misconceptions over the centuries. Dr. Charlotte Lindqvist, one of the study’s authors, said that their results all point to biological evidence of Yeti all belonging to bears in the area.
To get this result, experts compared the obtained DNA with the genetic samples of 23 Asian bears stored in the world database. Simultaneous results show that the Tibetan brown bear shares a common ancestor with the North American brown bear and the Eurasian brown bear. Meanwhile, the Himalayan brown bear belongs to a different clade, which split earlier than all other brown bears. remaining bears. This separation occurred about 650 thousand years before the Ice Age.
This is not the first study to uncover the mystery of the snowman, but this study provides the most complete genetic evidence, obtained from bone, tooth, and skin samples. feathers and droppings were once thought to belong to mystical creatures.