DNA analysis conducted by Oxford University genetics professor Bryan
Sykes suggests the creature, also known as the Yeti, is the descendant
an ancient polar bear. Sykes compared DNA from samples taken from two Himalayan animals – identified by local people as Yetis – to a database of animal genomes. He found they shared a genetic fingerprint with a polar bear jawbone found in the Norwegian Arctic that is at least 40,000 years old. The tests showed the creatures were not related to modern Himalayan bears but were direct descendants of the prehistoric animal.