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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Yeti is not an Abominable Snowman

I used to be one to believe that the Yeti was a giant human-like creature just like Bigfoot. Lots of other people think that when they think "yeti", too. But, the truth is, the yeti is anything but an "Abominable Snowman."
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To start things, lets find out where the term "Abominable Snowman" came from, for those who may not know.
Charles Howard-Bury
In 1921, Lieutenanat Colonel Charles Howard-Bury led the 1921 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. While on the expedition, he found footprints he thought were caused by a "large, 'loping' grew wolf" that had caused double-tracks (an animal sometimes steps its back foot in its front footprint, making it look like one footprint. Skeptics will say bears do this and make "bigfoot" tracks. I think Bigfoot makes Bigfoot tracks.) Hoawrd-Bury thought this was how the wolf made tracks that looked "rather like those of a bare-footed man." His Sherpa guides immediately said the tracks were made by the "wild man of the snows," or "metoh-kangmi." (Metoh: "man-bear", kangmi: "snowman.")

In 1938, Bill Tilman wrote a book and described Howard-Bury's footprints, but called the thing "metch-kangmi." "Metch" is not a word in the Tibetan language. Thus, through a mis-translation, the term "Abominable Snowman" was created.

Because of this name, most people think of something like a bigfoot(and usually white) when they think "Yeti" or they think of a literal snowman. Well, the Yeti definetly isn't a "snowman," and it most likely isn't a Bigfoot of the Himalayas, either.

Wait, what?!

Yes, that is coming from me. The Yeti is not an "Abominable Snowman." It is not a Bigfoot. I'm 99% sure it isn't any sort of "ape-man," either.
Bryan Sykes
In 2013/14, Bryan Sykes did DNA research on Bigfoot/Yeti, etc. His DNA from the "Yeti" came back as bear DNA. In 2013, Sykes and his team said it appeared that the Yeti DNA was that of a Pleistocene polar bear. In 2014, however, it was revealed that the team made an error on the DNA study, and that it came from a modern brown bear.
The Yeti?
Well, there you go. That's it.

Well, actually, I have a little more.
Reindold Messner
Earlier this month I read Reinhold Messner's book My Quest for the Yeti. In 1986, Messner was in the Himalayas and spotted what he thought was a Yeti. He then spent years trying to find out what the Yeti really was. Lots of Tibetans called the Yeti "chemo," and it turned out that the "chemo" was a bear. Messner ended up seeing several chemos, and became convinced that they were the Yetis.
Very good book
I used to be one to think that the Yeti couldn't be anything but a Bigfoot of the Himalayas. Now, though, as I stated earlier, I'm 99% sure that the yeti is a bear, of some sort, at least.

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