Should you have been planning a visit to the Himalayas to hunt for the unknown bear species that was not too long ago believed to be the supply of Yeti sightings, name your journey agent for a refund. It seems like these samples might have been recognized and it’s not good in your actuality present.
Bear in mind the massive controversial DNA examine final 12 months of hair samples considered from yetis, bigfoots and different crytids? That examine, lead by Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes, recognized all of the samples however two that got here from the Himalayas. Additional examine matched the DNA of these samples with a 40,000-year-old polar bear fossil (Palaeolithic polar bear, Ursus maritimus). From that, they concluded a beforehand unknown hybrid bear species inhabits the world and might be the actual Yeti.
That conclusion was quickly challenged by Ceiridwen Edwards and Ross Barnett, whose evaluation decided that the DNA matched a gift day polar bear and the mis-identification may have been the results of a deterioration of the pattern.
Confused but? Perhaps I ought to say “confused Yeti” as a result of the story doesn’t finish there. In accordance with a brand new report within the journal Zookeys, Eliécer E. Gutiérrez, a postdoctoral fellow on the Smithsonian Establishment, and Ronald H. Pine, from the Biodiversity Institute & Pure Historical past Museum on the College of Kansas, analyzed the samples AGAIN and so they concluded that genetic variations of brown bears makes it unattainable to find out whether or not the unique are-they-or-are-they-not yeti hairs are from a brown bear or a polar bear. Primarily based on that, they determined that they’re most likely from a Himalayan brown bear since that’s the place the samples got here from – a conclusion that sounds logical however, primarily based on previous historical past of mentioned samples, will most likely be contested and analyzed but once more.
Whereas learning the gene sequences of the six present bear species, Gutiérrez and Pine discovered one sequence from an Asian black bear from Japan that was very totally different than that of mainland Asian black bears, sufficient to warrant additional examine.
Asian black bear, Himalayan brown bear, Palaeolithic polar bear … blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yeti. The true information is that the samples usually are not from a Yeti.
The search continues.