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For Bigfoot Believers, It’s Mostly Bad News

APTheBigStoryLogoAP likes to showcase its content under the aegis of “The Big Story.” Today, they’ve also got “The Bigfoot Story.”

Below the headline “Bigfoot Hair Samples Mostly From Bears, Wolves,” AP medical writer Maria Cheng details the findings of the first-ever peer-reviewed study of Bigfoot, Yeti and co. The conclusions were published online today by UK’s Royal Society.

First, the bad news:

[Oxford University's Bryan] Sykes and colleagues tested 36 hair samples from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia and the U.S. using DNA sequencing and all of them matched DNA from known animals. Most were from bears, but there were also hairs from a Malaysian tapir, horses, porcupine, deer, sheep and a human.

Now, here’s the good news:

“The fact that none of these samples turned out to be (a Yeti) doesn’t mean the next one won’t,” Sykes said. The scientists did find two samples from ancient polar bears in the Himalayas, who are not known to live there. That suggests there could be a new or hybrid bear species out there.

The London-based Cheng got some great quotes from Todd Disotell, a professor of anthropology at NYU, and Stuart Pimm, an ecologist at Duke University. Where are the Yeti herds, indeed.

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