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Yeti, Set, Go

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 4th, 2012

Using DNA to track the mythical yeti

Tales of the giant, mountain-dwelling yeti have been told for decades, but is it just a myth or does the creature exist? To get answers, Oxford professor Brian Sykes is using DNA analysis to test material connected to the yeti. NBC’s Keith Miller reports.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


6 Responses to “Yeti, Set, Go”

  1. marcodufour responds:

    As much as I respect Reinhold Meissner as a mountaineer he does not know anything about the Yeti’s real identity as the footprints do not show a bear’s, it is far easier to dismiss than it is to find, research and explain a subject you know very little about.

  2. squatchman responds:

    I hope they will find him/her soon

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    Reinhold Messner is as welcome in this piece as is “Bob from down the street” is in those folks’ pool in the ad before the video. That is to say, I don’t agree with his continued explanation based upon his personal experience as the answer for all Yeti reports. Messner’s Nazi bear business is getting old.

  4. DWA responds:

    The “argument from authority” and the “argument from ignorance” are not restricted to scientists.

    I too am a bit full up with I-climbed-a-mountain-so-I-know-more-than-you.

    Then there’s Don Whillans

    …who – just based on his being an inveterate beer drinker AND a topnotch climber – has a far higher Trust Factor with me.

    (Sure. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure. Tell me the worst hallucination you have ever had on beer. Uh-hunh. Along with your resume at high altitude. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.)

  5. dconstrukt responds:

    Fascinating story.

    A bear? Who knows? It’s possible.

    A Yeti? Who knows? It’s possible too.

    Aside from eyewitnesses, we really don’t have enough solid proof.

    Yet.

  6. Hapa responds:

    What the report failed to mention (and reports like these fail to mention a whole lot) is that Messener speculated on the possibility that Cave Bears may survive in the Himalayas, and I believe he was open to the possibility of Cave Bears as well as brown bears being the explanation for the Yeti. However, there are three types of Yeti reported, and of all of them, the Dzu-teh, which is said to have claws and often walk on all fours, fits bears far better than the other types (Me-teh and The-lma, though these may be misspelled). I feel, in a sense, that at least the Yeti, in the form of the Brown bear/Dzu-teh, is already known. But there may be species of large to gigantic apes roaming about there nonetheless, adding to the spice of the Yeti myth/legend.

    And BTW: Why was the dead stuffed bear, the one killed by the Nazis, similar in face and hair to a Baboon? Was this done on purpose during the reconstruction, to add artistic license to a Yeti exhibit in a museum somewhere (I’m 99.99999% sure it is)? If not, It seems something worth looking into, just in case…?



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