In India and Indonesia, Bigfoot, the creature also known as Sasquatch or the Abominable Snowman, is called the Yeti. Some hairs that researchers say belonged to a Yeti have been examined and bear a “startling resemblance” to similar hairs collected by explorer Edmund Hillary, who, in 1953, was the first person to climb to the top of Mount Everest. After being examined under a microscope, they will be send to a lab for DNA testing.

BBC received the hairs from researcher Dipu Marak, who found them in a dense jungle site where the Yeti was spotted 3 days in a row in 2003. In BBC News, Alastair Lawson quotes primate expert Ian Redmond as saying that the hairs are “potentially very exciting,” and that there is there is “every chance” they could belong to an unknown species of primate. According to Redmond, “Only two years ago a new species of macaque was discovered in northern India. It’s perfectly possible that there are pockets of jungle there where a previously undiscovered primate could exist?We are lucky that the Indian hairs have clearly identifiable follicles containing cells so there is every chance we will be able to get even closer to the truth.”

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