“Science doesn’t accept or reject anything,” according to Professor Bryan Sykes of Oxford, a genetics professor who rocked the media with his DNA analysis of two samples of hair which had purportedly come from Yetis. He found that there was a 100 percent match with an ancient animal, and that the hairs were not from a Yeti. But, his results do not rule out the possibility that Yetis exist, just that the DNA of the hairs he examined are not from a hominid.
What animal did the hair samples come from?
The DNA found in the two hair samples was scanty, but there was enough left that Sykes was able to determine that they matched the DNA of an extinct polar bear, or a hybrid of one which mated with a local brown bear subspecies.
Polar bears don’t inhabit the Himalayas, though it could be that there is a brown bear/polar bear hybrid roaming the world’s highest mountain range. But, if so, to match up with eyewitness reports, the animal’s behavior would need to be different from that of normal bears.
Also, there’s another problem with the idea that the animal which people have made themselves believe was a Yeti might instead be a hybrid sort of bear — no one has seen one of these bears.
The population would have to consist of at least a breeding population of 20-50, to ensure the survival of the species. With a population that large, it would be strange that none have been sighted by anyone thus far.
They would also have to have sufficient amounts of food to eat. While it’s possible that the bears, if there are any, might be picking off the cattle of farmers, no evidence of this type of predation has yet been discovered.
Professor Sykes still says that he believes such a bear might still exist and “may have quite a lot of polar bear in it.”
If there are not any polar bear/brown bear hybrids in the area, where did the hairs come from?
Maybe there are an undiscovered species of polar bear/brown bear hybrids in the Himalayan mountain region, but if not, are there other explanations of where the hairs originally came from?
There are other explanations for where the hair came from, like that world adventurers who at one time traveled to the Artic (maybe Norway) left with polar bears clinging to their clothes, and later noticed the hairs, and gave them to locals in India and the Kingdom of Bhutan (located between India and China), where the two samples of hair that Sykes analyzed supposedly came from.
Both Ladakh, India, and Bhutan –800 miles from Ladakh — are in this mountainous area, and the two hair samples that Sykes obtained came from these locations.
Sykes took the results of the DNA sequencing he did and compared them to other genomes in an immense database.
The DNA he had analyzed matched with DNA taken from the jawbone of a polar bear which had once lived in Norway sometime between 40,000 to 120,000 years in the past.
The history behind the sample of hair which Sykes analyzed from Ladakh was that it came from an animal a hunter had shot about 40 years ago, an animal whose body then became mummified.
The other sample of hair was just a single strand. The history behind it is that a solitary hair was collected a decade ago by some filmmakers who were exploring a bamboo forest in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Assuming that the two hair samples were not brought to Ladakh and Bhutan, but were actually collected there like the provenance of each claims, then Professor Sykes has likely discovered evidence that a polar bear/brown bear hybrid roams the wilds of the Himalayan mountains.
The DNA results which Sykes obtained have not yet been published, but they have been sent to a journal. He has said that one problem he encountered was that they wasn’t much viable DNA evidence for him to analyze.
Sykes has suggested that an expedition should be formed to locate the bears he believes live int he area. He thinks that if they’re found, their behavior patterns might confirm that they are what eyewitnesses have actually seen when they have thought they have seen a Yeti.
Sykes added that he’s not rejecting that Bigfoot or Yetis might exist. That’s not what science is about. He has stated that all science does is “examine the evidence, and that is what I’m doing.”
The examination of the DNA evidence that Sykes analyzed indicates the two hair samples come from some sort of bear hybrid that lives in the Himalaya region. But, the evidence Sykes tested does not rule out that other evidence might be out there, somewhere, that offers proof that Bigfoot and Yetis are also real.
Written by: Douglas Cobb