Yeti by Any Other Name

In Nepal and Tibet, there are stories told about an extremely large human-like creature that lives in the Himalayan mountains. Known as the yeti or the abominable snowman, sightings of this creature have been reported since the 1800’s. Recently, scientists have been able to sequence the DNA in hair samples that were said to have come from the yeti. Students will use the DNA sequences to determine the origin of these hair samples. 

There are two variations of the student handout - a shorter version that you can use if you use the slides to introduce relevant information to students (“with slides” handout), and a longer version for students to read the information on their own (“no slides” handout).

Teacher Facilitation Handouts

Student Materials: Longer Version

Student Materials: Shorter Version

NOTE: students may need to learn and practice BLAST if they haven't already acquired this skill.

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Student Materials: Spanish Version

Descripción: En Nepal y Tíbet existen historias acerca de criaturas extremadamente grandes de apariencia humana que viven en las montañas del Himalaya. Conocidos como yeti o el abominable hombre de las nieves, avistamientos de estas criaturas han sido reportados desde los años 1800s. Recientemente, científicos han logrado secuenciar el ADN de muestras de pelo supuestamente proveniente del yeti. Los estudiantes utilizarán las secuencias de ADN para determinar el origen de estas muestras. 

Existen dos versiones de este ejercicio – una versión corta que puede utilizar si usa las diapositivas para presentar información relevante a los estudiantes (documento “with slides”), y una versión más extensa para que los estudiantes lean la información por si mismos (documento “no slides”).

Longer Version

Shorter Version

NOTE: students may need to learn and practice BLAST if they haven't already acquired this skill.

"Yetis Operate in this Area" by  poppet with a camera  under CC BY-NC 2.0

"Yetis Operate in this Area" by poppet with a camera under CC BY-NC 2.0