Bigfoot DNA Results: Does Anyone Care?

Posted by Xavier Ortega | February 15, 2013 17

dnaHenry Paterson has been doing an excellent job in keeping us all in the Bigfoot DNA Drama loop. Well, as was expected, the drama has reached new epic heights. Or should that be epic lows?

Sharon Hill over at Doubtful News has done an excellent job looking into Melba Ketchum’s extraordinary claims. In fact, Hill has discovered some suspicious activity regarding Ketchum’s involvement with the Denovo Journal. Let’s back track a bit.

When geneticist Melba Ketchum claimed to have extensive proof of Bigfoot DNA compiled from hundreds of submitted samples (blood, hair, saliva…) we all listened with curiosity. Then Ketchum went on to say that she and a team of experts had their findings published in a scientific journal after passing through an extensive and anonymous peer review. She had our full attention.

This week, their research finally appeared in the DeNovo Journal of Science. Giving Ketchum and the research the much needed credibility. But then something funny happened. Ketchum’s story began to break down amidst the barrage of questions and accusations that began floating on several Bigfoot websites. People began accusing the geneticist from Texas of foul play and manipulation.

Then, Sharon Hill began waving a huge red flag.


“We finally see the other authors, at least. Note that none are academics, but forensic specialists. Problem one.

Problem two: This is a brand new journal. Was it launched JUST for this paper? Well, this is an interesting and HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS twist. We do not know what the standards are for review. There are no rules for starting up your own journal and calling it “peer reviewed”. And, indeed, that’s what was done (from Sasquatch Genome Project) (Note: Site now gives 403 error):

After this journal agreed to publish the manuscript, their legal counsel advised them not to publish a manuscript on such a controversial subject as it would destroy the editors’ reputations (as it has already done to mine).  I have documentation on all of this drama.  So, rather than spend another five years just trying to find a journal to publish and hoping that decent, open minded reviewers would be chosen, we acquired the rights to this journal and renamed it so we would not lose the passing peer reviews that are expected by the public and the scientific community.  Denovo, the new journal is aimed at offering not only more choices and better service to scientists wanting to submit a manuscript, but also reviewers and editors that will be fair, unlike the treatment we have received.

Problem three: The paper costs $30 to download. No academic institution is going to have access to a new journal site so they will have to pay to review it. Some Bigfoot bloggers have received embargoed copies. Bigfoot bloggers. With NO scientific qualifications. I have yet to see any genetic specialists comment on the paper but it’s very early and I expect some will. I have requested access to the paper. — Doubtful News

Lee Speigel pointed out the following in a post on

But according to, DeNovo was first registered as a domain on Feb. 4, 2013 — anonymously and for only one year.

The current edition of DeNovo is listed as Volume 1, Issue 1, and its only content, thus far, is the Bigfoot research.

Speigel then went on to post his interview with Sharon Hill about the DeNovo Journal website:

On her Doubtful News website, skeptic and geologist Sharon Hill raises many questions about Ketchum’s claims.

“I clicked on the DeNovo site and was appalled at how amateurish the site is. It’s full of stock photographs, very poorly coded, there are errors all over it and it’s very difficult to navigate,” Hill told The Huffington Post.

“[Ketchum] documented that she acquired the rights to this journal. We don’t know what journal that was. I still can’t find it and that’s a little fishy,” said Hill. “And then she renamed it so they would not lose the peer reviews that they had. It looks suspicious. This is not how science works.”

Also, on the DeNovo site, the journal itself is identified as both DeNovo and DeVono.

Both Speigel and Hill bring up several good points. The DeNovo Scientific Journal website was registered and coded in what looks to be blind haste.

Registered through:, LLC (
      Created on: 04-Feb-13
      Expires on: 04-Feb-14
      Last Updated on: 04-Feb-13

You see where this is going right?

1. Fake peer review

2. Fake scientific Journal

3. Fake scientific Journal website that charges $30 for a copy of the research

4. Questionable research

With all the shenanigans going on in this sad turn of events, it is no wonder why scientists, researchers, and academicians all look at Cryptozoology and scoff. Bigfoot research has gone down the path of the paranormal and Ufology.

When the dust settles and every single little fact in this anti-climatic drama is left exposed, will anyone even care?


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17 Responses

  • I am certainly no expert and the actual science will tell the story. And no one more than I would love it to be true, but I have a very serious problems with the hybridization aspect.

    While hybridization is not uncommon in plant life, and certainly possible in mammals, when it happens in mammals it is my understanding that those hybrids are, as a rule, sterile. But giving the possibility the benefit of the doubt, a single mating would not be enough. Even going further and assuming that such pairings were largely successful (which evidence does not greatly support) and the offspring were not sterile it should take dozens if not hundreds of hybrids to create a new species. To have a viable breeding population. A single offspring, would only have one of its parent species to breed with, and seems likely its genetics would diffuse out over time. It does happen that one or another genome is dominant, but again that should prove out over time and the hybridization leave a few genetic markers but not the creation of a new specie 15,000 years ago, humans were basically human so interbreeding on the scale necessary just gives me problems.

  • It was the Zoo Xmas party, people were drinking, throwing poop at each other, one thing lead to another…
    Don’t judge!

  • Arclight

     That is how I understand the hybridization process works.  Have you heard if David Paulides with the NABS is covertly involved with Ketchem or is he involved with another DNA research project…

  • lindsay

    who cares, guys! there’s so much neat space stuff going on…that’s actually real! ha. 

  • How do we know bigfoot was not brought to earth on a meteorite?

  • Scott_McMan

     Do you mean the space between your ears Lindsay? LOLOL! You can’t leave an opening like that and not expect someone to jump on it!

    OK, it was a little cornball.

  • LaszloZoltan

    it’s great that these fakes are found out and kicked to the curb- NOTHING kills a paranormal report more than these idiots who latch on and spin their yarns to satisfy their need for attention- we at least are open minded enough to be willing to listen to reports look for and investigate evidence; and how much of scientific discovery began as a paranormal report ? – but don t mistake an open mind for a foolish one

  • Nothing has been shown to be fake yet. There are many questions, and a lot of rumors and opinions being circulated as facts. And there have certainly been some questionable practices in publication of this  report, but none of that validates or invalidates anything.

  • László András

    Nem az balj hogy csalnak – az balj hogy nem értik meg amit csinálnak….

  • Arclight

     it is confounding how solving this phenomena continues to remain just out of reach, as if it wasn’t meant to be solved… 

  • She said she was on the Pill!

  • Scott_McMan


    I’m not bashing Sharon here (even though she’s corrected me a couple thousand times), but we should see things from Ketchum’s point of view as well.

    She’s dumped a lot of money into this. Where is she going to recoup it? Furthermore, what mainstream “journal” is going to publish such a paper? She almost had to self publish to get it out.

    As a subscriber to a journal site, which costs more than $30 per month by the way, I can tell you that it’s very common to charge for access to scientific content.

    I am by no means defending Ketchum, but she may have her reasons and they may not be as manipulative as Sharon is intimating. Then again, I can’t say anything is a sure thing with this ongoing saga. Heck, I’ve slammed her myself in at least one article.

  • ghosttheory


    Well, I’m not sure how much money she’s dumped into this whole thing, given that she’s a geneticist and has a lot of technology at her disposal. 

    I think the issue here is why did she chose to go that route? You know, lie about things and create a fake scientific journal and even a fake website. (as the evidence shows).

    Who know, maybe Melba Ketchum did come across Bigfoot DNA. But why all the seedy acts?

    We’ve seen it a hundred times before in the Bigfoot community. A lot of hype and promises of “earth shattering discoveries” but when the smoke clears….

  • Scott_McMan

    I can’t argue! The thing is, when people get backed into corners, they tend to do things that aren’t always the right things. Human nature and all that.

    I guess what I’m saying is that I see 10 times as much bashing than defending. Maybe that’s a sign that she’s BSing everyone and maybe not.

    Once the “independent study” is complete, the truth will come out…..maybe, LOL!

    I hope that was wishy washy enough for everyone.

  • DaveBusinessOnline

    OK, here is all the data you should need on the website:

    The website was created using, which is a free solution to create websites. From what I have seen, the websites tend to look fairly amateurish as they are mass produced and easy to use. That is why the coding does not seem very good as it is almost entirely automated based on the users input. This site is not coded or setup as a normal site would be.

     They are using google analytics as well as google adverts, although I can not see any adverts being displayed, the files used for adverts are being loaded by the website.

    The server being used internally seems to be

    The records on the domain are hidden, which is not something you would do if you were putting forward a genuine business of this nature.
    The privacy was purchased with the domain and the 3 whois history entries show the same details.

    I saw that the site listed an ISSN number. I searched the Library of Congress where this is stored and it returned no results! ISSN 2326-2869Old catalogue: catalogue: whole thing seems very fishy.

  • DaveBusinessOnline

    And just as I added that reply, I find a site that lists the ISSN.
    It seems that their registration shows they are located in Big Rapids, Mich.

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