There is no yeti
in Sumatra. The articles refers to the orang pendek.
Ananova: A group of British explorers claim to have found irrefutable
proof of a "Yeti-like" creature on an Indonesian island. The
team has discovered a footprint and hair samples of a primate which has
long lived in the mythology of tribes people in Western Sumatra.
cast of the footprint and strands of coarse hair are being sent to research
institutes at Oxford University and the University of Canberra in Australia
for verification. If the finds are substantiated, they could provide valuable
scientific clues to an unidentified creature which could hold the key
to the missing link between humans and apes. Andrew Sanderson, Newcastle
upon Tyne, Adam Davies from Stockport, and Keith Towley from Macclesfield,
spent three weeks in the rainforests tracking a creature called Orang
Pendek - meaning 'Little Man of the Forest'. Sightings on the island describe
the creature as being 5 feet tall with chocolate-brown, orange hair. It's
distinguishing feature is its humanlike gait - walking upright on its
back legs without the aid of its front fists.
Sanderson said: "Over the years there have been many sightings of
the yeti, but no one has actually come up with any concrete evidence.
We seem to be the first people to do that.
"We didn't see
the creature ourselves but we tracked it for several weeks and we managed
to make a plaster cast of one of its footprints. It is absolutely perfect
and experts are already beginning to get excited about it."
A digital re-print
of the footprint has been sent to Colin Groves, a professor of primatology
at the University of Canberra. The hair samples are being sent to the
micro biology unit at Oxford University. The group hope that DNA testing
will prove the existence of a previously undiscovered primate.
Despite the potential
scepticism for such a find, the team remain confident that their discovery
Story filed: 15:05
Tuesday 30th October 2001 © Ananova
Credit source: ClScJones
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