Exciting news for those of us who are fascinated by legendary monsters – a British geneticist has uncovered strong DNA evidence that the Abominable Snowman is a living descendent of the ancient polar bear.
A little over a month since Sir David Attenborough – a world class naturalist – publicly supported the existence of the Yeti, Oxford University scientist Bryan Sykes has made a potential breakthrough. Hair samples extracted from the Himalayas – home of the famous cryptid – share “genetic fingerprints” with that of a bear.
But before the skeptics can cross their arms in triumph, it must be noted that the connection is not to any bear. No – rather, the DNA samples are a perfect match to those from the jawbone of a polar bear…a jawbone dating back between 40,000 and 120,000 years ago!
If these findings are true, it means that the Abominable Snowman is not only rooted in scientific reality, but that a genuine, undiscovered subspecies of bear exists in the snow-capped mountains – a species that may have evolved in ways never before seen.
Absolutely amazing. The next step, of course, is to find one of these elusive animals, but if history is any indication, that will prove exceedingly difficult.
While certainly not conclusive, this recent news is beautiful proof that
1. the natural world has not yet yielded all of its secrets
2. our legends, more often than not, are based on some kind of truth.
So perhaps soon, we will have definitive proof of these hybrid creatures. Unfortunately, mainstream scientists remain utterly close-minded to the very concept of a real cryptid. When told of the news, David Frayer, a professor of biological anthropology, dismissed the legend as “nonsense.”
But Professor Frayer – along with many others – fails to realize the cultural value in such stories. The Yeti, Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts – they are all part of our common folklore. They tell us who we are at our most basic and primal – what captivates us, what sparks our imaginations, what inspires so much passion in believers and skeptics alike. To dismiss folklore as “nonsense” is to dismiss the human need for monsters, goblins, and spooks.
As long as humanity exists, so too will our legends.
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