Scientists from the United States, Russia, China and other nations will be working together on a special mission in the Kemerova region of Siberia to uncover a mystery. No, it's not the secret to perpetual motion or the philospher's stone. These scientists are out to hunt the elusive Yeti.
Alleged sightings of Yetis in Kemerovo and the neighboring Altai region, about 1,988 miles (3,200 kilometers) east of Moscow, are up three times compared to 20 years ago, with scientists estimating that there is a current population of at least several dozen in the area.
Other evidence of the existence of the creatures -- such as basic twig huts, twisted branches and footprints of up to 35 centimeters (14 inches) -- also has been found in the area.
This evidence, however, is considered inconclusive until a clear photograph or video—or perhaps even a body—is produced.
Cryptozoologists, that is, people who study mysterious species, have long believed that the Yeti and its lower-altitude cousin, Bigfoot, exist. (Over a thousand people claimed to have spotted Bigfoot across the United States and Canada, particularly in the West Coast.)
Some people say the Yeti and Bigfoot exist because of multiple sightings in sparsely populated territory, where these creatures would exist. Doubters, on the other hand, say that no body or skeleton has been found and that the creatures that have been spotted are likely a species of ape or bear.
Only time, and a candid photo of a Yeti making bunny ears behind a mountaineer, will tell which group is correct.