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Scientists study yeti DNA
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 1, 2017 12:01AM


Sasquatch’s mysterious Tibetan first cousin, Yeti (aka the abominable snowman), who has been terrorizing the Himalayans for decades, has come under scrutiny lately by the University of Buffalo (https://tinyurl.com/UByeti). Lots of physical specimens have been collected, and biologist Charlotte Lindqvist and her team examined nine of them to see what Yeti’s made of.

The answer: Eight of the samples contained bear DNA (Tibetan brown and Asian black), and the ninth turned out to be from a dog. “Our findings strongly suggest that the biological underpinnings of the Yeti legend can be found in local bears,” Lindqvist said, “and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able to unravel other, similar mysteries.”

Some mysteries are more fun left unraveled.



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