Did Zana (a 19th century Russian "ape-woman") belong to a relict hominid population?
In his 2015 book, "The nature of the beast: The first scientific evidence on the survival of apemen into modern times" (on Amazon.com), author Bryan Sykes, Emeritus Professor from the University of Oxford, claims that Zana's DNA appeared to be purely African despite bearing little genetic resemblance to any modern group living in Africa.
Now Professor Bryan Sykes at the University of Oxford says he believes Zana had a strain of West African DNA that belonged to a subspecies of modern humans.
Sykes explained that while the woman, said to stand 6 feet 6 inches tall, was genetically 100 percent African, she showed little physical or genetic resemblance to any group living in modern Africa.
Sykes has published a book, The Nature of the Beast, in which he writes that Zana's ancestors could have come out of Africa more than 100,000 years ago and lived for many generations in the remote Caucasus region.
-"DNA Test Suggests Russian Apewoman Zana Was Truly A Yeti", TechTimes (2015-04-06)
Sykes is quoted as describing her DNA as "unparalleled" and that he believes "her ancestors came out of Africa over 100,000 years ago and lived in the remote Caucasus for many generations".