The Curious Case of the Severed Yeti Finger

In 1974, Lap Kadoma — the wife of a Nepalese sherpa — had a close encounter with a Yeti. The legendary cryptid, Kadoma would later recount, had managed to sneak up on her from behind, before heaving her into a river. When Kadoma regained consciousness, she found the bodies of several dead yaks strewn nearby. » 12/29/11 8:00am 12/29/11 8:00am

Where did the giant mammals of the ice age come from?

The most recent ice age was dominated by gigantic mammals like the mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, and saber-tooth cat. But there's an evolutionary mystery here. How did these animals enter the ice age already perfectly adapted for such brutally cold climates? » 9/01/11 11:26am 9/01/11 11:26am

Tibetan adaptation to high altitude is the fastest in human history

Just 3,000 years ago, the Han Chinese and the Tibetan people split apart, one expanding into all of modern China and the other settling in the high-altitude, low-oxygen environment of the Himalayas. The groups' genomes are now shockingly different. » 7/02/10 1:00pm 7/02/10 1:00pm

Genetic Evidence Shows Why Tibetans Kick Ass At High Altitudes

Tibetans handle high altitudes much better than most people. New research pinpoints the genes that allow them to breathe easily on mountain peaks, and avoid deadly side-effects. » 5/13/10 11:00am 5/13/10 11:00am

Tibetan Artist Turns Hulk And Spider-Man Into Himalayan Heroes

The wild pop art of Tibetan artist Gade transforms famous superheroes into mandalas and religious icons. If you ever wanted to see Batman as a Buddha, this here's your huckleberry. » 3/31/10 11:00am 3/31/10 11:00am