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It Turns Out the Yeti Is Probably Just a Rare Bear

The word “yeti” conjures up a specific image in the folklore of Nepal and Tibet — a massive, shaggy, distinctly ape-like beast that wanders the frigid and desolate Himalayan snowscape. It certainly doesn’t evoke anything that looks like it’s about to impart wisdom about stopping forest fires.

But, according to a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the latter description may be more accurate. Scientists have tested the DNA of purported Yeti remains and confirmed that yetis do exist — they’re just bears.

Researchers analyzed DNA from nine different samples, all collected in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and supposedly from yetis. It was a macabre, mixed bag of parts — some hair, some bone, a bit of feces, and even some teeth. They also included fifteen other samples from various Asian bears, since a smaller study from a few years ago suggested that the yeti may be a rogue, polar-brown bear hybrid.

A femur bone from the decayed body of a purported Yeti found in a cave in Tibet. DNA testing identified it as a Tibetan brown bear bone. Image: Icon Films Ltd.

Every sample matched a known animal. No mysterious, unplaceable DNA. With the exception of the tooth, which was from a dog, all of the so-called Yeti samples were from bears. One came from an Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), and the others came from two rare, local species — Tibetan and Himalayan brown bears.

The new, detailed DNA evidence provides a real-world, biological origin for the Yeti, suggesting that local bears may have been the inspiration for stories of the terrifying creature. And while the DNA analysis doesn’t reveal anything “abominable,” the study does provide some coveted data on an understudied and critically-endangered group of brown bears.

Himalayan brown bear from Deosai National Park, Pakistan. Image: Abdullah Khan, Snow Leopard Foundation

Brown bears (Ursus arctos) range broadly across northern Eurasia and North America, and can be broken up into many distinct subspecies, each with minor physical and genetic differences. The two subspecies that turned up in the genetic analysis are quite rare, suffering from overhunting.

By comparing the bear DNA, the scientists determined that the Himalayan brown bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus) is a strange and old branch in the brown bear family tree, splitting off from all other brown bears about 650,000 years ago. Even though the Tibetan brown bear (Ursus arctos pruinosus) is a close neighbor, it’s far more closely related to other brown bears.

Looking at the Himalayan population, it’s easy to see how this weird and ancient brown bear offshoot could inspire the yeti’s mythology. It has a paler, sandier coat than most subspecies. Many Himalayan bears have a light mask of fur on the face that can make their faces appear shorter and more ape-like. Combine these features with the fact that the Himalayan bear is the largest animal in the mountains, and that their own extreme rarity matches the infrequency of contemporary yeti sightings, the animal seems like a solid candidate.

Genetic tools similar to those used in this debunking can easily be employed to test the remains of other purportedly undiscovered species. So, hear that, Sasquatch and Nessie? Your secret identities’ days may be numbered.

Source: roaring.earth

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Bigfoot caught on camera trap in northwestern Pennsylvania

An American hunter living in northwestern Pennsylvania shared a very unusual snapshot. According to the man, in recent weeks he began to notice that someone was chasing him in the forest.

A tall dark silhouette appeared on the hills, hiding behind trees and rocks. The man, surprised and even somewhat frightened by this, decided to find out whose attention he drew to himself, what animal was following him, and so he set up several trap cameras in the forest.

Cameras that react to movement take pictures when something flashes in front of them: an animal running past, a bird flying next to it, or even a leaf falling from a tree. The American received several dozen of such pictures. But then camera caught a mysterious stranger for whom it was actually placed.

The most amazing thing is that he clearly approached the camera and looked directly into its lens, apparently because of curiosity. A shaggy massive figure, similar to a monkey, was imprinted well enough on the photo so that it could not be confused, for example, with a falling leaf.

Of course, many, including the hunter himself, felt that the device had “caught” the legendary Bigfoot. Perhaps the alleged relic hominid noticed that the camera strikingly stands out against the background of everything around and began to look at the strange object with surprise.

The picture interested many cryptozoologists and researchers of the Yeti. Most of the experts who studied the photo concluded that it is genuine and shows bigfoot. Unfortunately, even in this case, the quality of the photo is not so good, but, apparently, it’s such a yeti creature: clever and elusive, but… certainly curious.

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Chupacabra Claims Second Life In Honduras

Known as a cryptozoological creature, local residents living in Honduras are terrified of a chupacabra that has been on a killing spree recently. The said creature, is small in stature yet ferocious enough to take down bigger prey.

This canine type animal, resembles that of a hairless dog in most descriptions. Reports of chupacabra come from places such as Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, Nicaragua, Argentina, and the American Southwest. These Hispanic canine type vampires, have decimated livestock on farms and people’s other property.

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Descriptions of these unusual bipedal beings, include them having a spiny back with protrusions coming from their head as well. A person has been claimed to have been killed by a chupacabra. The only information released is the name “Geovany”. His body was found with unusual markings made upon him. This young man is from Yamaranguila, Intibucá in Honduras.

From what is understood, this young man went to a dance party located in Yamaranguila, he then left around midnight heading back home to his village only he never arrived. Three days passed, before his body turned up on a mountainous area. A local resident explained this named José Martínez.

José also added, “The strange thing is, that it was in a hollow that no one could enter and we do not know how he could have got there. We thought that some wild animal took him. And the other thing is, he was as pale as the Chupacabras that took his blood.”

Now, people are fearful of going out especially alone in remote areas. Several weeks before all of this happened, a farm worker known as “Tulio” was found dead on a farm near the village of El Naranjo, Siguatepeque, Comayagua.

The body of Tulio had puncture marks on his feet. It was as if he was injected with something and all of his blood was drained away. One of the local villagers named Miguel Angel Martinez went out early in the morning to cut a few branches, to create shade from a tree. After this, he removed his shoes to get more comfortable.

There was a hole in the ground nearby and allegedly a strange looking animal came out of it. This animal attacked his feet draining away his blood. Martinez is now terrified to go out into the mountains.

Other attacks have been made or reported about in other communities areas around here. There have been several cows that have died in rather mysterious ways also. News of chupacabras attacking people and livestock is not new, but it seems there are more incidents being reported about recently. Perhaps this crypto type animal, is breeding more as news of them has traveled from around other parts of the world as well.

Obviously the local residents are scared and puzzled about these strange deaths. There have been veterinarians who have been brought in to examine the livestock cases. The chupacabra is a cold and calculated killer, leaving behind little to no evidence behind. They have even penetrated well-guarded areas. Massive amounts of blood are drained away, leaving either animals or people left to die. Some believe, that these creatures are that of a supernatural variety.

(Source: Tn8 and Live Science)

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Little Girl Records Bigfoot With Her iPad On Vacation

While most Bigfoot sightings take place in the Pacific Northwest, this part of the world is rather rural, rugged and heavily forested. A video surfaced, that was allegedly taken by a little girl on vacation with her family riding in a car. She was recording with her iPad and captured what seemingly looks like Bigfoot or was it merely a scarecrow?

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A report released by KSL News, mentioned that the Bigfoot recorded – was taken near Provo Airport in Utah. The terrain here is flat and marsh-like. This figure seen resembles that of a Bigfoot. It was recorded alongside of the road, standing in a local cornfield. The video starts out showing the interior of their car, then pans over towards passenger window. Children enjoy recording videos nowadays, they capture some unusual perspectives. Perhaps this little girl captured the ever elusive Bigfoot on video.

Since news of this was released, many people now wonder whether or not something out there is haunting the cornfields in and around the same area. The little girl’s mother Jane Everett, posted her daughter’s video on YouTube. Ever since this happened Jane now believes in Bigfoot and what happened on that day. She also thinks that Bigfoot has been wandering around Utah cornfields in this part of the state.

Back in 2012, another Bigfoot was spotted and allegedly captured on video in Utah. This took place in Provo Canyon. The location is just up the river, from where this cornfield Bigfoot was spotted. There are areas in Utah, where not many if any have explored. This leads to speculation that this place could be inhabited with a population of Bigfoot creatures. There are plenty of places for Bigfoot to hide, even close to populated areas.

While the video remains to be a head scratcher, it makes you wonder about it. Likely about half of everyone believes in this while the other half doesn’t. People around the world have been reporting about Bigfoot and/or Yeti and Sasquatch for years. Many footprint molds have been made and most of them have been deemed fake. We shouldn’t dismiss this video so quickly, as it could be proof of something.

The local newspaper were on the fence about this video also. Could this be an elaborate setup hoax? The timing of this is more believable and a kid with a camera capturing it…adds more speculation. The video has been seen nearly 200,000 times so far.

(Source: Inquisitr and Monstrum Athenaeum)

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