Yeti boffins gut­ted af­ter DNA test fin­ger­ing

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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.”

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