London, Nov 1 (): Scientists have said that DNA tests of supposed ‘Yeti hair’ found in one of the Siberian caves has revealed that it belongs to an unknown mammal closely related to humans.
Three different DNA tests of yeti hair reported “came from a human-like creature which is not a Homosapien yet is more closely related to man than a monkey.” The Yeti’s DNA is obviously less than 1 % different from that of a human. The hair is not believed to have belonged to any animal known from the region.
The hair was believed to have been found in the Azasskaya Cave in the Mourt Shoriya area of Kemerovo region in Siberia last year. The 2011 expedition was led by Dr Igor Birtsev, seen as Russia’s leading advocate of the existence of the abominable snowman.
“We had 10 samples of the hair to study, and finally have concluded that it belongs to mammal, but not a human, and not the animals known to the area where they were found, like a wolf, or goat, or bear, or other animal,” Professor Sapunov of Russian State Hydro meteorological Institute said.
There have been a number of ‘sightings in the region over the years, with one Siberian fisherman, Vitaly Vershinin, claiming: “We shouted to them – do you need help?”
In 2004, the yeti is said to have been spotted in the remote Mae Charim area of the Luang Prabang Range range, between the Thai highlands and Sainyabuli Province, Laos.
In December 2011, a hunter reported having seen a bear like creature, trying to kill one of his sheep, but after he fired his gun, the creature ran into a forest on 2 legs.
At a 2011 conference in Russia, participating scientists and enthusiasts declared 95% evidence of the Yeti’s existence.
The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is an ape-like crypt said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. It is believed to be taller than an average human and is similar to Bigfoot.