a group of British explorers and scientists, backed by a renowned geneticist from Oxford University, have embarked on an intrepid expedition into a war zone and they hope to come back with compelling evidence for the existence of "man beasts" and cave men.The yeti is one of the most iconic mystery animals in the world. Even in the 21st Century when mankind likes to think that it has conquered all the wild places of the planet, this hulking, hairy man beast still rears its ancient head and intrigues zoologists and explorers alike. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] in Woolsery (the world's largest organisation which searches for unknown animal species) has launched the major new expeditionThe five explorers, led by zoologist Richard Freeman - the zoological director of the centre - are ignoring Foreign Office suggestions and visiting the tiny Russian state of Karbadino-Balkaria for a three week expedition. In Russia they will be liaising with Ukranian biologist Grigoriy Panchenko who has been studying the creatures for 14 years and who has had four sightings of the wildmen, which are known locally as almasty. The expedition is being backed by renowned academic Prof. Bryan Sykes of Oxford University, who hit the headlines a few years ago with his book, The Seven Daughters of Eve, which proved, through analysis of the mitochondrial DNA of a large sampling of people across the continent, that nearly everyone living in Europe today is descended from one of just seven women who lived between 10,000 and 45,000 years ago. The expedition will be tracking the almasty with sophisticated infra-red trigger cameras and ex-military nightsight equipment, but will also be carrying out DNA testing among forest inhabitants. They will present their findings at the three-day Weird Weekend at Woolsery next month.