Not only does Dr. Melba S. Ketchum claim that Bigfoot exists, she says he really is our distant cousin, too. According to a PR Web press release dated Nov. 24, Ketchum and her research team claim to have sequenced three complete Sasquatch genomes and determined that Bigfoot or Sasquatch is a human hybrid.
“The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.” says Ketchum.
The research concludes a 5-year DNA study and appears to confirm the existence of Bigfoot, also referred to as Sasquatch, living in North America. It also concludes that Sasquatch appeared 15,000 year ago. The DNA study is currently under peer-review.
In the meantime, Ketchum is calling for recognition of Bigfoot as an indigenous people.
“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.”
Legends of a mysterious ape-man living in wooded and mountainous areas of North America have been the subject of debate for generations. Although the name Bigfoot was not coined until the 1950’s, Bigfoot enthusiasts say the creature has existed since prehistoric times.
According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, an estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Bigfoot live in North America, including Alaska, Canada and the United States.
Sightings and encounters have been tracked since the early 1960’s. There are believed to be approximately 3,500 documented sightings or track finds from credible sources.
Mainstream science, however, refuses to accept the existence of Bigfoot or Sasquatch relegating it to legend and misidentification.
Dr. Steven Novella, an academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society weighs in with his thoughts about Ketchum’s claims on his Neurologica blog.
“The bottom line is this – human DNA plus some anomalies or unknowns does not equal an impossible human-ape hybrid. It equals human DNA plus some anomalies.” He concludes, “What can be recognized is the process of pseudoscience – anomaly hunting and then backfilling to the desired conclusion. What we don’t have is compelling evidence for a new species.”
For now it seems, Bigfoot enthusiasts will have to wait until the study is peer-reviewed and published to find out if the existence of Bigfoot can be confirmed by science.