21 October 2008, JellyBean @ 12:42 pm

A team of Japanese scientists has discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary yeti said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet.

An eight-member team claimed the footprints of the snowman or Yeti were about 20 centimetres long and were human in appearance. The creature’s footprints were found on snow at an altitude of about 4,800 metres (15,748 feet) in the Dhaulagiri mountain range in west Nepal.

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“Myself and other team members have been coming to the Himalayas for years and we can recognize bear, deer, wolf and snow leopard prints and it was none of those,” he told reporters.

Despite spending 42 days on Dhaulagiri IV – a 7,661-metre (25,135-foot) peak where they say they have seen traces of yetis in the past, the team failed to capture one on film.

This was their third attempt to track down the elusive Yeti. Tales of wild hairy giants living in the snow are part of growing up in the mountains. These prompted many, including Sir Edmund Hillary, to carry out yeti hunts.

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