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Do you believe in the Yeti?

According to folklore, the Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, is a large, hairy and beast-like creature living in the Himalayas. Stories of the Yeti have circulated among Himalayan peoples for generations, and in April of 2019, the Indian Army claimed to have found proof of the Yeti in the form of large footprints. But researchers have sought proof of the Yeti for years, and most believe that remnants of the creature can be debunked by modern science. Do you believe the Yeti is real?

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Stories of the Yeti have circulated for over one thousand years, particularly among those living near the Himalayas. LiveScience's Benjamin Radford summarizes various Yeti stories, saying the Yeti is a bipedal creature, weighing between 200 and 400 pounds, and stands at roughly 6 feet. According to legend, the Yeti is also extremely muscular, and stories of its existence were often used as a warning to community members.

Radford also reports:

Alexander the Great demanded to see a Yeti when he conquered the Indus Valley in 326 B.C. But, according to National Geographic, local people told him they were unable to present one because the creatures could not survive at that low an altitude.
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In April of 2019, the Indian Army came forward with proof of the Yeti's existence. According to CNN's Julia Hollingsworth, the Makalu Base Camp, the area where the prints were discovered, is an "isolated mountainous area between Nepal and Tibet." Hollingsworth provides context for the Indian Army's announcement: 

For centuries, humans have been searching for the Yeti -- and now, in an unceremonious tweet, the Indian Army is claiming to have found evidence of the mythical Himalayan monster.
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But given the centuries-old stories of the Yeti, scientists and researchers have long been mesmerized with the idea of proving or disproving its existence. CNN's Hollingsworth reports: 

A 2017 study on the Himalayan "Yeti" used mitochondrial DNA sequencing to examine 24 "Yeti" samples including hair, bone, skin and feces. Charlotte Lindqvist and her team discovered that some of the items came from a Himalayan brown bear and a black bear. One tooth was from an animal in the dog family. The paw of the "Yeti" kept in a local monastery came from a black bear. Another bone kept as a monastic relic was from a Tibetan brown bear.

Other studies have tied Yeti relics to Paleolithic polar bears believed to have lived in the same region as the Yeti. 

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Scientists have come to the general consensus that legends of the Yeti are indeed based on real creatures, mainly the black and brown bears mentioned above. National Geographic's John Pickrell reports: 

“Analysing Yeti samples and showing that the majority are from bears provides a connection between the myths of a rare wildman and a real creature which can occasionally be scary,” says Ross Barnett, an evolutionary biologist and expert on ancient DNA at Durham University in the U.K.

For Barnett, the study of footprints, bones and fur samples said to be from the Yeti is extremely important for furthering genetic understanding of endangered bears of the region, rather than for the purposes of confirming myths. 

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