Yeti boffins gutted after DNA test fingering
GLUM scientists were gutted to discover a finger thought to belong to a YETI had actually come from an ordinary human.
The mummified digit, taken from a Himalayan monastery in the 1950s, was thought to come from the abominable snowman.
But experts at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have now used DNA tested the artefact and have confirmed it came from a Nepal bloke.
Dr Rob Ogden said: “We had to stitch it together. We had some fragments that we put into one big sequence and then we matched that against the database and found human DNA.
“So it wasn’t too surprising but it was obviously slightly disappointing that you hadn’t discovered something brand new.
“Human was what we were expecting and human is what we got.”
The finger, held in storage at the Royal College of Surgeons museum in London, was recently unearthed by scientists during routine catalogue work.
This prompted a new BBC documentary and the DNA testing.
Primatologist Ian Redmond said: “A Yeti finger would be longer with hair on the back.”