Sykes DNA Results Yeti Matches Rare Bear

Recently there has been some speculation due to several press releases about an upcoming documentary special highlighting the DNA work of Professor Bryan Sykes, as he delves into the mystery of the Yeti, and its North American Relatives the Bigfoot/Sasquatch.

The Bigfoot research community has been buzzing with speculation as to what Professor Sykes discovered in his ongoing DNA project, with many hopeful it would once and for all prove that Bigfoot is a real, and as of yet, unclassified species.

According to an article published by The Independent, Professor Sykes has discovered that the Yeti DNA samples he tested matched an ancient Polar Bear. Sykes believes the most likely explanation is that the Yeti is actually a hybrid, not a human and some unknown ancient unknown primate, but of a Polar and Brown bear.

You can read the entire article at the link below.

Sykes Yeti DNA Results!

Dr. Bryan Sykes

In case the link to the article is not working, here it is in its entirety. 

New research finds ‘Bigfoot’ DNA matches rare bear

Discovery leads scientists to believe there could be a sub species of brown bear in the High Himalayas that has been mistaken for the mythical beast

Jennifer Cockerell Thursday 17 October 2013

Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at the Oxford University, set out to collect and test “yeti” hair samples to find out which species they came from. In particular he analysed hairs from two unknown animals, one found in the Western Himalayan region of Ladakh and the other from Bhutan, 800 miles to the east.

After subjecting the hairs to the most advanced DNA tests available and comparing the results to other animals' genomes stored on the GenBank database, Professor Sykes found that he had a 100 per cent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway, that dates back at least 40,000 years - and probably around 120,000 years - a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as different species.

Professor Sykes believes that the most likely explanation is that the animals are hybrids - crosses between polar bears and brown bears. The species are closely related and are known to interbreed where their territories overlap.

The professor said: “This is an exciting and completely unexpected result that gave us all a surprise. There's more work to be done on interpreting the results. I don't think it means there are ancient polar bears wandering around the Himalayas.

“But we can speculate on what the possible explanation might be. It could mean there is a sub species of brown bear in the High Himalayas descended from the bear that was the ancestor of the polar bear. Or it could mean there has been more recent hybridisation between the brown bear and the descendent of the ancient polar bear.”

A photograph of a “yeti' footprint, taken by British climber Eric Shipton at the base of Everest, sparked global mania after it was taken in 1951.

Legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, who became the first man to climb Everest without oxygen, has studied yetis since he had a terrifying encounter with a mysterious creature in Tibet in 1986.

His own research backs up the Prof Sykes' theory. He uncovered an image in a 300-year-old Tibetan manuscript of a “Chemo” - another local name for the yeti, with text alongside it which was translated to read: “The yeti is a variety of bear living in inhospitable mountainous areas.”


Comments

  1. Webb Miller, et al published a paper in 2012 quite detailed, titled "Polar and brown bear genomes reveal ancient admixture and demographic footprints of past climate change." It would seem identifying such admixture in another population not exactly the shocking news, about human history, we are looking for regarding bigfoot.... yikes! Can't wait till the wait is over...wonder if these will air weekly? Also, the link is broken and the search function doesn't turn it up...so seems maybe the outlet jumped the gun and called recalled....? arrrg mately!

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  2. This sucks. A new subspecies of bear? Lame. I wanted the monkey.

    And how could so many people mistake a bear for a primate? Stupid sherpas.

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    1. HA HA, funniest thing i read all night!!!

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    2. I believe this is just the Himalayan results not the north American.

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  3. All this is saying is he identified an ancient bear species through a sample. A 100% match of that for a sample doesnt mean the Yeti is a bear. Just means one of the samples, was bear.

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  4. in 2001, Dr. Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the Oxford Institute of Molecular Medicine, one of the world's leading experts on DNA analysis, thoroughly examined the hair and said:

    "We found some DNA in it, but we don’t know what it is. It's not a human, NOT A BEAR nor anything else we have so far been able to identify. It's a mystery and I never thought this would end in a mystery. We have never encountered DNA that we couldn’t recognize before."

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