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Does the yeti exist? Scientists use DNA evidence in bid to solve mystery of the abominable snowman

30 MAY 2016 • 10:13AM

It is one of the world's greatest enduring mysteries. Stories of a yeti, or an abominable snowman, have been entrenched in Himalayan folklore for hundreds of years - but there has never been any definitive proof of its existence.

Now, a team of leading international scientists will use advanced DNA analysis to determine whether there is a rational explanation behind the theories.

And there have been many theories put forward - that the yeti is a man, a beast or simply a myth - but little scientific evidence to back up any of these claims.

A new Channel 4 programme, Yeti: Myth, Man or Beast?, follows a team of geneticists led by Mark Evans as they test DNA evidence that has been linked to the creature.

Ahead of the show, here's a look at everything we know about the yeti so far.

What is the yeti?

Tibetans refer to the yeti as 'miché' – which translates loosely as 'man-bear'. They also use the term 'mirka' – which loosely boils down to 'wild man'.

In China, the yeti is known as 'yeren' or 'wild man'. Other names that the yeti goes by include Almas (Mongolia), Batutut (Vietnam), Bigfoot (North america), Yowie (Australia) and Fear liath (Scotland).

In all cases, the creature is some form of man, beast or hybrid of the two, that lives in the mountains.

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