A leading geneticist claims he has found evidence to prove that the infamous “big-foot”, which countless explorers, theorists and fantasists have fruitlessly sought for, may have been more than a myth.
Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford has announced that a towering 19th century woman named Zana, who lived as a serf in Tzarist Russia and was described by contemporaries as being “half human, half ape”, might have been the fabled yeti.
Witnesses described the six-foot, six-inches tall Zana, who lived in the Caucasus mountains between Georgia and Russia, as having “all the characteristics of a wild animal”, including being covered in thick brown hair. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A leading geneticist claims a towering woman named Zana (artist’s representation) who lived in 19th Century Russia — and appeared to be “half human, half ape” — could have been the fabled yeti.
2. DNA evidence from Zana’s granddaughter (left) and the remains of her son Khwit (right) seemed to prove that Zana was of African descent even though she lived in the wild Caucasus.
Experts believe that the wandering “Wild Woman”, as Zana was known, was found in the remote mountainous region of Ochamchir, in the Republic of Abkhazia.
A local merchant captured Zana in the 1850s, after hiring a group of hunters to subdue and shackle her.
Oxford’s Professor Sykes now claims that Zana was kept in a “ditch surrounded by sharpened spikes” and sold multiple times until eventually being bought by nobleman Edgi Genaba whom she served as a servant.
3. Zana was discovered and trapped by a local merchant who hired a group of hunters to hunt her down in the region of Ochamchir — and she was eventually tamed by a nobleman on his estate in Tkhina.
4. It is thought Zana roamed the remote Caucasus mountains, where Sykes says her African ancestors lived for many generations.
Famously known as the “Apewoman”, Zana had at least four children by local men. Some of her descendants still live in the region, according to The Times.
Professor Sykes made a stunning discovery when he conducted saliva tests on six of Zana’s living descendants, as well as the tooth of her deceased son Khwit.
The DNA analysis showed that they all had the right amount of African DNA for Zana the Apewoman to be “100 percent African”, however she did not resemble any known group.
Zana’s resemblance was that of a wild beast: “the most frightening feature of which was her expression which was pure animal”, as one Russian zoologist put it in 1996.
5. A merchant found Zana in the Ochamchir region of western Georgia and after hunters caught her, they placed her in a ditch surrounded by sharp spikes.
6. Witnesses described the six-foot, six-inches tall woman as having “all the characteristics of a wild animal” (fabled “big-foot” pictured).
The zoologist, who took a number eyewitness accounts of Zana, wrote:
Her athletic power was enormous.
She would outrun a horse and swim across the Moskva River even when it rose in violent high tide.
Some experts have argued that Zana was a runaway Ottoman slave, however Professor Sykes claims that her “unparalleled DNA” refutes that theory.
7. Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford analyzed the DNA of her living descendants in the Caucasus region and found west-African genes.
Professor Sykes believes that Zana’s ancestors came out of Africa more than 100,000 years ago and lived in the remote Caucasus mountain for many generations.
The Apewoman was eventually “tamed” by the nobleman who purchased her as a servant and kept her on his estate in Tkhina in the Republic of Abkhazia.
Contemporary accounts claim Zana was extraordinarily muscular, slept outdoors and ran around naked until she died on her owner’s estate in 1890.
8. The first accounts of the Yeti emerged before the 19th century from Buddhists who believed that the creature inhabited the Himalayas.
Some of Professor Sykes’ colleagues have expressed doubt in his other findings, including his claim that an unknown species of bear might account for the yeti sightings in Bhutan.
However, despite the lack of hard proof of the alleged “yeti hairs”, Professor Sykes insists he has developed a strong sense that “something is out there” after speaking to dozens of witnesses.
Professor Sykes could not say whether the yeti, bigfoot or the Russian almasty is the best candidate for a surviving race of human “apemen”. He said:
Bigfoot has many more people trying to find it. But I suppose either the yeti or the alma / almasty, which live in inaccessible and very thinly populated regions, is the most likely.
9. Yeti DNA linked to an ancient polar bear (related).
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