Yeti’s a Polar Bear?
This has to be the story of the year. A recent paper published by the Royal Society identifies 30 alleged cryptid primate (Yeti, Bigfoot, Orang Pendek, Almasti) hair samples as having a known provenance, having a 100% mitochondrial 12S RNA match with GenBank library samples of known mammals. These include man, cows, horses, deer, antelope, tapir, porcupine, bear, and various canines. However, 2 samples, from archived hair samples from Ladakh, India and Bhutan matched -get this, the fossil remains of a Pleistocene age extinct Polar Bear. See excerpt below:
Sequences derived from hair sample nos. 25025 and 25191 had a 100% match with DNA recovered from a Pleistocene fossil more than 40 000 BP of U. maritimus ( polar bear) but not to modern examples of the species. Hair sample no. 25025 came from an animal shot by an experienced hunter in Ladakh, India ca 40 years ago who reported that its behaviour was very different from a brown bear Ursus arctos with which he was very familiar. Hair sample no. 25191 was recovered from a high altitude (ca 3500 m) bamboo forest in Bhutan and was identified as a nest of a migyhur, the Bhutanese equivalent of the yeti. The Ladakh hairs (no. 25025) were golden-brown, whereas the hair from Bhutan (no. 25191) was reddish-brown in appearance.
A link to the paper is below. I have also included papers on a fossil polar bear find. This is so freaking cool.
Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates