Do mammoths still exist? Scientists use DNA evidence in bid to solve the mystery of the abominable creature.

Possible sighting 1936

 It is one of the world’s greatest enduring mysteries. Stories of a polar creature, or an abominable mammal, have been extinct for thousands of years – but there has never been any definitive proof of its extinction. Now, a team of leading international scientists will use advanced DNA analysis to determine whether there is a rational explanation behind the theories. And there have been many theories put forward – that the creature is alive or simply a myth – but little scientific evidence to back up any of these claims.

In China, the mammoth is known as ‘Mamochi’ or ‘wild beast’. In all cases, the creature is some form of elephant, beast or hybrid of the two, that lives in the mountains. The creature tends to hang out – if it hangs out anywhere – amid the icy peaks of the Himalayas, which means Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. Sightings have also been claimed further afield in Mongolia.

Earlier this year, a mammoth-like creature was spotted roaming the slopes of the ski resort of Formigal, in north-eastern Spain.

How should I react if I see one? The best advice is not to go looking for the mammoth in the first place. Alternatively, if you do see one, then run.

Has the mammoth ever been seen? There have been plenty of supposed sightings of the beast – and of course, plenty of hoaxes. Stories of the mammoth have been around for hundreds of years, so the idea of something existing up in those mountains is not utterly improbable. More common than sightings are mysterious footprints spotted on the icy trails of the Himalayas.