For decades, a large creature called a Yeti has been talked about in Western popular culture. It has appeared in films, cartoons, video games and more.
The yeti is large and hairy and walks on two feet. Some people claim they have seen a yeti in the Himalayan Mountains in Asia.
It has a fearsome reputation.
Consider a scene from the American cartoon show, Scooby Doo:
-Apparently every restaurant that's ever opened here closed down immediately -- under suspicious circumstances.
-Let me guess: Yeti-related circumstances?
-You got it.
New genetic research suggests that this huge beast may, in fact, exist in the Himalayas.
But it's probably just a bear.
A team of scientists said this week that they had studied the DNA of nine samples from museums and private collections. All of the samples were said to have come from the yeti.
They found that eight of the nine samples came from bears – Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears and Tibetan brown bears, to be exact. The one remaining sample came from a dog, the researchers found.
Charlotte Lindqvist studies bear genetics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is one of the writers of the yeti report published recently in the scientific journal "Proceedings of the Royal Society B." She said the report's findings "strongly suggest" that the legend of the yeti is connected closely to bears that live in the mountainous area.
Lindqvist called the study the most detailed research to date of so-called yeti specimens.
While the recent study did not identify a yeti, it did give scientists information about the area's bear populations.
The brown bears living high in the Tibetan Plateau and the western Himalayan Mountains appear to belong to two separate bear populations, researchers found. Despite living fairly close to each other, those two populations have been separated for thousands of years, Lindqvist said.
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1.come from 来自
He's just come from the countryside.
2.talk about 谈论，讨论
What are you talking about?
3.close to 离……近
The ship kept close to the coast.
4.live in 居住在……
They live in rooms which intercommunicate.
5.New genetic research suggests that this huge beast may, in fact, exist in the Himalayas.
in fact 事实上，实际上
In fact, you have to.
In fact, we already have the technology to do so.
6.Apparently every restaurant that's ever opened here closed down immediately -- under suspicious circumstances.
close down 关闭
Their factory had to close down for good.
All but one of those reactors are due to close down by 2023.
所有的反应堆除了一个以外其他的都计划在2023 年之前关闭 。
雪人是一种长有毛发的大型生物，靠两脚并立行走 。一些人称，他们在亚洲的喜马拉雅山见过雪人 。
他们发现，这9份样本中有8份是熊类的样本——准确的说，是亚洲黑熊、喜马拉雅棕熊、西藏棕熊 。还有1份是狗的，研究人员如是说道 。
夏洛特 斯特是纽约州立大学水牛城校区熊类基因学的研究人员 。她是最近科学期刊《英国皇家学会会刊B辑》上发布的有关雪人报告的作者之一 。夏洛特表示，这份报告的发现“有利地表明”关于雪人的传说与居住在该山区的熊类密切相关 。
科学家发现，高居在西藏高原和喜马拉雅山西部的棕熊似乎属于两个分支熊类 。虽然他们住的很近，但上千年以来这两种熊类都没有基因交叉 。
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