Earlier today, The Huffington Post reported that a genetic researcher in Texas claims she has proof of the existence of Bigfoot. Dr. Melba S. Ketchum says her team has created 3 whole nuclear genomes over the course of five years from 100 different alleged Sasquatch samples.
“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,” said Ketchum.
Unfortunately, Ketchum and her team are still the only people to actually see any of the data. Come on, Doc; you know you have to release your documentation for peer review to have any chance of credibility, especially if you have the same last name as a famous Pokemon trainer.
The Houston Chronicle’s Eric Berger notes, “Real research scientists almost never preannounce their research findings. In effect she is using the mantle of science to confer credibility on her discovery, without actually deserving the credibility.”
Also discrediting Ketchum’s announcement, the press releases do not say where she and team obtained the samples. Berger points out that since no one has captured a Sasquatch, live or dead, the team couldn’t possibly have reliable samples to work from. Furthermore, Ketchum’s company, DNA Diagnostics, received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Blogger Robert Lindsay did some digging, and it seems the majority of the samples come from Robin Lynne, a woman who lives in rural Michigan. Lynne says that at least 10 Bigfoots live near her home, and she feeds them. Apparently, they are particularly fond of blueberry bagels.
“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA,” said Ketchum.
If true, the unidentified sequences may lend credibility to author David Paulides, who believes the nuclear subhuman component of the Bigfoots come from extra-terrestrial beings.
Ketchum is adamant that her discovery is valid, going so far as to demand equality for the creatures. “I’d like to see them have the same protections as any other human as far as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of their own happiness, meaning that they be left alone and not put under a microscope, not hunted, not harassed, not chased through the woods — leave them alone,” she said. “They’ve existed for thousands of years this way and don’t need habitats set aside. They’ve lived under our noses all this time.”