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Experts in Nepal raise doubts over 'Yeti' footprint
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American television channel host Josh Gates displays what is believed to be 'Yeti' footprints.

Experts in Nepal raise doubts over 'Yeti' footprint

December 3, 2007 - 8:38PM

Mountaineering and wildlife experts in Nepal say they doubt whether footprints found by a United States team from a science fiction program are those of a Yeti.

The host and crew from Destination Truth spent about a week in the foothills of Mount Everest and returned to the capital Kathmandu last week claiming they had found footprints belonging to the legendary creature.

"The footprints may be from a Himalayan bear," Ang Tshering Sherpa, the president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, said today after looking at pictures of the prints.

"It is believed that Yetis have only four toes but the footprints recorded by the US team have five toes," said Sherpa, whose father went unsuccessfully looking for the legendary beast in the 1950s.

The Yeti - described as a massive half-human, half-ape-like creature - has captured the imagination of explorers and climbers in the Himalayas for generations.

Dozens of costly expeditions have taken place, none of which have proved the existence of the beast.

After seeing what he thought was a fleeting glimpse of a Yeti in 1986, climbing legend Reinhold Messner began investigating the myths and stories that surround it.

In his 1998 book My Quest for the Yeti, Messner concludes that it only exists in peoples' imaginations and the Himalayan black bear was probably behind most sightings.

Destination Truth - which investigates the existence of mythical creatures - is being made for an American science fiction channel.

Host Joshua Gates said on Saturday the program would further investigate the footprints, which were found last week on the bank of the Manju River, 150 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu.

"The footprint is 13 inches (33 centimetres) long and the toes span nine inches (23 centimetres) across," Gates said at a hotel in Kathmandu.

"This is really an intriguing piece of evidence and we all feel a little bit unable to explain what we saw," he said.

But Laxmi Manandhar, a spokesman at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, said: "People living in the high Himalayas believe in this strange creature called a Yeti but nobody has actually seen it.

"The footprint castings brought by the US television crew are strange, but there is no supporting evidence to back up the claim that these are footprints of the Yeti."

SOURCE: Copyright © 2007. The Sydney Morning Herald

Road Trip to Nepal
I could see "Yeti Land" marked on the map, just a few short kilometers off the main road. It was going to take a serious effort to ride those few kilometers,...
To get to the location of numerous Yeti sightings I may have to ride my motorcycle as high as the base of Mount Everest, near the 16,000-foot level. I have thought about pushing the bike on to the top of Everest, but the $50,000.00 fee for my climbing permit and the $20,000.00 for the porters to carry my gear is a major deterrent, the only one keeping me from succeeding. This photo of Mount Everest shows the location of my motorcycle base camp for both my Yeti and Enfield Motorcycle Sexpeditions.

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Machhapuchhare, Nepal

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SOURCE: Machapuchare

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Gigantopithecus has an interesting history in the scientific world. It was first described by the German paleontologist Ralph von Koenigswald based on a single tooth found at a Chinese apothecary’s shop in 1935. Many more fossilized bits and pieces of this creature have since been found — but still, the sum total of Gigantopithecus remains consists of three jaw bones (a.k.a. mandibles), and hundreds of teeth.

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