Tests on hair samples were found to have a genetic match with an ancient polar bear, with scientists believing there could be a sub-species of brown bear in the High Himalayas that has been mistaken for the mythical beast.
Yetis, also known as the Abominable Snowman or Bigfoot, have been recorded for centuries in the Himalayas, with local people and mountaineers claiming to have come face to face with hairy, ape-like creatures.
Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at the Oxford University, set out to collect and test yeti hair samples to find out which species they came from. In particular, he analysed hairs from two unknown animals, one found in the Western Himalayan region of Ladakh and the other from Bhutan.
Mr Sykes found he had a 100% match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway, that dates back at least 40,000 years. He believes the most likely explanation is the animals are hybrids - crosses between polar bears and brown bears.