What happens in the woods stays in the woods!
There have been a number of reports regarding Dr. Melba Ketchum’s research and analysis of reported Bigfoot/Sasquatch DNA over the past year. There have been rumors and delays and frustration. There has been highly questionable evidence released regarding Russian research into supposed Yeti DNA samples.
Now there has been a statement released, reportedly by Dr. Ketchum herself, and there are certain revelations contained herein.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘BIGFOOT’ DNA SEQUENCED IN UPCOMING GENETICS STUDY
Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America
Contact: Robin Lynne, [email protected], 231.622.5362
DALLAS, Nov. 24–A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:
“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported 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.
Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.
“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.”
Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.
Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch 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.”
Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.
I hesitate at this point to say outright that this is from Dr. Ketchum, but this is making the rounds of the Bigfoot and Crypto sites, and it does sound legit.
For clarity on a few points. Mitochondrial DNA is passed only by the mother to the offspring, and was the key to the recent search for the so called Mitochondrial “Eve.” The search for the oldest living female to whom we are all related by tracing mitochondrial lines around the world.
Nuclear DNA, meaning that it comes from the nucleus of the cell not that it is radioactive, is passed through both parents, but is significantly more difficult to sequence and is not available in the fossil record. While Nuclear DNA gives a more complete picture of a species, we can only retrieve it from living specimens, so have no basis for comparison with our ancestors to more accurately determine how closely we may be related, as it now seems we are, to Bigfoot/Sasquatch.
Now to the meat of the story:
If this is true, Bigfoot’s mitochondrial DNA is HUMAN?!
Well, I will not be holding my breath, as there is a lot of further, independent research that needs to be done for confirmation and I have a big problem with Bigfoot being so closely related as to call it a hybrid, though others have put that idea forward. Still,
Bigfoot is HUMAN?!
I almost wish this had not been released, because either it is true and now I really want to know more, or it is a well orchestrated hoax and we are back at square one.