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Yeti, Big Foot debunked: DNA reveals the bear facts

Published on Jul 2, 2014 7:11 AM

PARIS (AFP) - For those who believe in the yeti, the news can only be described as, well, abominable.

Science has cast its methodical eye on samples of hair reputed to have been left by the Himalayan snowman of legend... and determined they came from a bear or a goat.

Similarly crushing disappointment lies in wait for those who believe in Big Foot, the yeti's North American counterpart; in the almasty, the elusive man of the Central Asian wastes; and in the orang pendek, a bipedal hominid reputed to roam the mountainous forests of Sumatra.

The evidence, reported in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, comes from DNA testing of hair samples attributed to "anomalous primates", a neutral term for these creatures of legend.

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