Inconclusive so far but “potentially very exciting”:
Both Mr Redmond and Ms Nekaris agree there is “every chance” they could belong to an unknown species of primate.
“Only two years ago a new species of macaque was discovered in northern India. It’s perfectly possible that there are pockets of jungle there where a previously undiscovered primate could exist,” he said.
The two scientists also pointed out that not that long ago a huge species of ape known as gigantopithecus roamed around the area.
This species was not known about until relatively recently, Mr Redmond explained, and had no fossil record.
“It was only identified 80 years ago when Western scientists discovered teeth found in Chinese apothecaries which it was claimed were dragons’ teeth to be used for medicinal purposes.
“The teeth were examined and it was revealed that in fact they belonged to a an ape-like creature estimated to be 3m tall which was named gigantopithecus,” he said.
The scientists say that if the Meghalayan yeti does exist it is not impossible that it was some kind of descendant of this creature.
“It could easily be an unknown primate even if it’s not a yeti,” said Mr Redmond. The DNA tests should cast more light on the matter.