Throughout history there have been (and are) a number of legendary creatures. One of the better known is the Yeti or Abominable Snowman.
By definition, Yeti are mythical, meaning they’re not real. Therefore, concrete evidence of their existence such as genetic material and photographic images are hard to come by – if at all.
That being said, I was surprised when I read about the discovery of Yeti DNA. How do you know DNA is from a Yeti if the creature is thought to be fictitious?
Bryan Sykes, an Oxford professor, conducted the analysis. Using hair samples from two Himalayan animals identified as Yeti, he compared them to a database of animal genomes and found a link to a 40,000 year old polar bear.
According to Professor Sykes, the next step is to find one – a Yeti that is.
I think it begs the question of which came first. The chicken or the egg? The sightings or DNA? And if the creature’s mythical – don’t you need both?
As interesting as this story is, there’s something more important scientists should focus on – whether there’s a genetic link between creatures known to exist: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Michelin Man and Pillsbury Doughboy.
May the farce be with you!