Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Has the Elusive Yeti Been Exposed?

Not quite yet, but there is new evidence to support the existence of a previously undiscovered species.

What is that evidence? Two short hairs - 33mm and 44mm long. The hairs were discovered in an Indian jungle and locals claim they come from a Yeti. Now, tests have revealed that the hairs do not come from "any known species":

"We fully expected them to come from a known animal," said Mr Redmond. "We failed to find that. So the mystery remains and we go on to the next stage of investigation."The hairs will now be examined under an even more powerful microscope and sent to two different laboratories - in Oxford and Cardiff - for DNA testing. Follicles containing cells remain on the base of the hairs, said Mr Redmond, "so there is every chance that we will be able to get even closer to the truth".

Ape expert Ian Redmond, who is co-ordinating the research, said:

"The hairs are the most positive evidence yet that a yeti might possibly exist, because they are tangible. We are very excited about the preliminary results, although more tests need to be done."

So what do you think? Is there an undiscovered species of ape still wandering around unbeknownst to the other 6.684 billion human inhabitants? Seems unlikely right? If there were a large enough population of Yeti to sustain itself, wouldn’t a body have been found by now? Wouldn’t we have solid evidence to show they exist? Probably.

On the other hand, We still run into undiscovered tribes of humans among us every now and again, even today. Just recently a previously undiscovered tribe was found in the Amazon and photographed for the first time:

"We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist," he said. "This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence."

So what does this all mean? Could there be large tribes of undiscovered Yeti right around the corner, under our nose? I guess we’ll never know until someone produces rock hard evidence in the form of a Yeti body. Of course that seems unlikely to happen in itself, or does it?

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