A new DNA study of samples believed to have been left behind by a Yeti, or abominable snowman, has yielded intriguing results.
DNA from several existing "Yeti" samples has been correlated with Asian bear species, and one has even been traced to a dog.
The samples were derived from were derived from bone, skin, scat, and hair purported to have come from a Yeti.
The news might come as a disappointment for those who believed in the existence of the creature. However, for science, these findings are significant as they give biological grounding to the myth.
The Yeti, and its North American cousin Bigfoot, have been prominent international cultural symbols since British travellers to the Himalayas in the 19th century were introduced to Buddhist folklore about the giant ape-like creature.
The legend has been particularly spurred on by sightings of enormous footprints in the snow that didn't resemble those of any existing creature.
The B-movie industry, in particular, has thrived on the legend, producing such cinematic masterpieces such as Exists (2014), Abominable (2006), The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), and the imaginatively named The Abominable Snowman (1957).