Mummified Himalayan "yeti" revealed to be mummified polar bear
The latest blow comes from a UK geneticist who says hair samples from an alleged Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, actually came from another — albeit real — creature from the north: an ancient hybrid between polar bears and brown bears.
The DNA analysis was conducted by Oxford University professor Bryan Sykes. He studied two different hair samples taken from two Himalayan animals, both identified by the local people as belonging to Yetis. One came from an alleged Yeti mummy in the Indian region of Ladakh, at the Western edge of the Himalayas, and taken by a French mountaineer 40 years ago. The other was a single hair found ten years ago in Bhutan, 800 miles (1,300 km) to the east.
Sykes took these samples and compared them to to a database of animal genomes. He found a 100% match with an ancient polar bear jawbone found in the Norwegian Arctic that's at least 40,000 years old, and probably around 120,000 years old — a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as a different species. According to Sykes, these bears were not related to modern Himalayan bears, but were direct descendants of the prehistoric animal.