On a retrouvé le yéti ! (enfin, peut-être…)
Un lointain descendant d’un ours polaire.
’Yeti lives’ : Abominable Snowman is ’part polar bear and still roams the Himalayas’ - Telegraph
Professor Sykes conducted DNA tests on hairs from two unidentified animals, one found in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh, in northern India, and the other from Bhutan, 800 miles east.
The results were then compared with other animals’ genomes stored on a database of all published DNA sequences. Professor Sykes found a 100 per cent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway.
That specimen dates back at least 40,000 years ago, and probably as far back as 120,000 years – a time when the polar bear and the closely related brown bear were separating as different species.
Professor Sykes believes that the animals are hybrids – crosses between polar bears and brown bears. Because the newly identified samples are from creatures which are recently alive, he thinks the hybrids are still living in the Himalayas.
The sample from Ladakh came from the mummified remains of a creature shot by a hunter around 40 years ago. He considered the animal so unusual, and so alarming, he kept some of its remains. A sample of the hair was passed to Professor Sykes by a French mountaineer who was given it by the hunter around a decade ago. The second sample was in the form of a single hair, found in a bamboo forest by an expedition of filmmakers, also around ten years ago.
Deux remarques :
– j’adore le côté l’homme qu’a vu l’homme qu’a vu l’ours de la transmission de l’échantillon
– je crois me rappeler (c’était hier▻http://seenthis.net/messages/185518 ) que l’ADN avait une demi-vie de 500 ans. Par rapport au moustique, 80 demi-vies, c’est vraiment rien (2^80 ≈ 10^24 , tranquille…)
(@Fil, en centésimales Hahnemann, ça donne quoi pour une cure de nivanthropus horribilis ?)