The Yeti May Be a Bear | GenomeWeb

The legendary Yeti may be a bear. Brian Sykes, an emeritus professor at Oxford University, tells the Associated Press that previously unidentified hair samples taken from what were thought to be Yetis appear to be genetically related to ancient polar bears.

In other parts of the world there are also stories of large, hairy, ape-like creatures that are called, alternatively, Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

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