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Yeti, sometimes called the Abominable Snowman, is a bipedal ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayas. It is in a class of
semi-fictitious beasts we share our planet with, one of several that are ape-like and usually very large compared to humans. The Yeti is typical of the Himalayan region. Its brown-furred relatives are usually found in remote, inaccessible areas on most of the other continents. Some people claim that the Yeti is a descendant of Gigantopithecus. Although Gigantopithecus did probably live in the Himalayas, that still doesn't prove that the Yeti exists: it would only provide a place to put the Yeti in the evolutionary tree in the event we happened to find substantial evidence of the Yeti's existence.
Some have proposed that, in the distant past, someone in the region happened upon a largely intact Gigantopithecus skeleton. Not understanding fossilization, they mistook it for the corpse of an extant species and the legend grew from there.
Other such creatures would include the Loch Ness Monster Nessiteras rhombopterix,
sasskwach saskvach (oh to hell with it), and the Great Gay Conspiracy Agenda.
Unlike aliens, they are indigenous to this planet. (If they exist.)
SubGenius mythology maintains that the SubGenii (or "Yetinsyn") are a cross between humans and Yeti.
Stories of these elusive snow monsters are found in the folklore of various Himalayan people. Outside of that, sightings, alleged artifacts, and attempts to find and/or capture the Yeti have been popular amongst westerners since at least the 19th century. In addition to general pop-cultural interest, papers such as the Daily Mail have launched expeditions to find the creatures, and several mountaineers and explorers have taken photos of footprints allegedly belonging to the Yeti.
New studies show that however compelling one might find hair samples, footprints, and the like, there is a more reasonable explanation than assuming the existence of a yet-undiscovered cryptid: the footprints, for example, most likely belong to a local species of "tree bear" with a semi-opposable inner digit evolved to grip tree branches.
- Documents Show Feds Believed in the Yeti
- Document for December 10th: "Regulations Governing Mountain Climbing Expeditions in Nepal - Relating to Yeti", National Archives Document of the Day
- "Yeti hairs belong to goat", BBC News, 13 October 2008
- Daily Mail article about their 1954 expedition
- "Meet Yeti, the so-called abominable snowman that science yet again says is just a bear", CBC News, 28 November 2017