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'Yeti's finger' from Nepalese temple of human origin

London , Wed, 28 Dec 2011 ANI

London, Dec 28 (ANI): Scientists have claimed that an anatomical specimen labelled "Yeti's finger" in a London museum is of human origin.

 

The finger, which had for long been left overlooked in the Royal College of Surgeons' Hunterian Museum, had been given to primatologist Professor William Osman Hill by Peter Byrne, a former explorer and mountaineer.

 

The specimen, 9cm long and 2cm wide at the widest part, curled and black at the end with a long nail, is said to have been taken from the hand of a yeti. Its origin was listed as Pangboche Temple in Nepal.

 

The Royal College of Surgeons granted a request for a DNA test to be carried out on a tiny sliver of the finger that was brought along after special permission from the lamas.

 

According to Rob Jones, senior scientist at the Zoological Society of Scotland, the finger is of human origin.

 

"We have got a very, very strong match to a number of existing reference sequences on human DNA databases," Discovery News quoted Jones as saying.

 

"It's very similar to existing human sequences from China and that region of Asia but we don't have enough resolution to be confident of a racial identification," he added. (ANI)

 


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