You can probably picture a Yeti, even if you’ve never visited the Himalayas. From Scooby Doo to Doctor Who, Tintin and Monsters, Inc., the “Abominable Snowman” has popped up regularly in films, video games and television for decades.
In popular culture, a Yeti is an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive sabre-like teeth. Its fur is either grey or white. It is often depicted roaming the snowy mountains alone, a feral throwback to our violent evolutionary past.
Is there anything to this mythical figure, beyond tall tales and vivid imaginations? In the last few years, modern genetics has been brought to bear on the Himalayan Yeti. As a result, we may finally be able to put the mystery to bed.