Yeti. The Abominable Snowman. A bear-like primate long rumored to exist in the Himalayas. Are they the last surviving remnants of a hominid species close to our own? An unknown species of bear, shyly avoiding man, eluding capture by virtue of the good fortune of living in one of the most difficult terrains on Earth? Or simply fevered imaginings?

News reports

29 November 2017

DNA analysis of nine samples supposedly from yeti, has found that while most of the samples came from known animals, two samples are more mysterious. These samples are from Bhutan and the Indian Himalayas, and the genetic analysis suggests they might be from an unknown species of bear.

17 October 2013

DNA analysis of hair samples taken from two Himalayan animals identified by locals as Yetis reveals that they share a genetic fingerprint with a polar bone jawbone found in the Norwegian Arctic, that is at least 40,000 years old. This suggests the animal is a direct descendant of that animal. The samples came from Bhutan and the Indian Himalayas.

23 May 2012

The Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project (a collaboration between Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology is inviting institutions and individuals with collections of cryptozoological material to submit details of the samples they hold, and then on request submit the samples themselves, particularly hair shafts, for rigorous genetic analysis. The results will then be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Advances in genetic techniques are such that it is considered that we could now accurately identify genus and species from any organic remains, such as those putatively from the yeti or bigfoot.

10 October 2011

A report from the international conference on yetis. Still waiting for compelling evidence, I’m afraid! Although an expedition claimed to have “collected irrefutable evidence”, footprints and several hairs that “might belong to the yeti” are a long way from a smoking gun. Roll on some DNA analysis.

23 March 2011

We think of yetis as inhabitants of the Himalayas, but some believe Russia also holds a population of yetis, which it calls Snow Men, in remote areas of Siberia such as the mountains in the southern part of Kemerovo around the town of Tashtagol. Later this year, this town is holding an international conference on yetis, and officials are considering opening a scientific research institute to study the yeti.

12 Oct 2004

Fresh evidence has been found in the jungles of Sumatra supporting claims that a mythical ‘jungle yeti’ may exist, claim two UK explorers.

9 Oct 2003

Siberian scientists say they have a discovery on their hands which raises the possibility that the local legend of the yeti — the abominable snowman — is more than mere fiction.

According to Russian TV, the well-preserved furry limb of a mystery creature was found some 3,500 metres up in the permafrost of the Altay mountains, in Russia’s remote Siberia region.

4 Sept 2002

A group of British explorers is on the verge of proving the existence of a “Yeti-like” creature. The three-man team has given hair samples found in Western Sumatra to an expert in Australia to test.

30 Oct 2001

A group of British explorers claim to have found irrefutable proof of a “Yeti-like” creature on an Indonesian island. The team discovered a footprint and hair samples of a primate which they claim could be from an Orang Pendek – meaning ‘Little Man of the Forest’.

17 Oct 1998

Most sightings of the yeti, also known as the abominable snowman, are roughly the same, an ape-like creature around the same size as a grown man.

Last week an American climber, Craig Calonica, on Mount Everest became the latest person to witness this most elusive of creatures.

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