British genetics professor Bryan Sykes from the University of Oxford decided to subject alleged remains of the Himalayan Yeti legendary creature to genetic testing. And the result is surprising.
Sykes analysed two wisps of hair found in Tibet and Bhutan. The DNA of both proves to match the genetic material found in the bones of an extinct polar bear, which lived 40,000-120,000 years ago.
The bear dates back to a period in which the polar bear and the brown bear were closely related. According to Sykes, it is theoretically possible that a hybrid of the two evolved in the isolated mountains of the Himalaya and may even still exist.