I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

We will be switching channels today from the Melba Ketchum show and in its place bringing you the Bryan Sykes show. I have no particular interest in a debate of Ketchum’s credentials from the semi comfortable chair I typically inhabit while writing these articles. I will post for your perusal, this information on Bryan Sykes, author of “The Seven Daughters of Eve”:

Bryan Sykes, MA PhD DSc, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, pioneered the use of DNA in exploring the human past. He is also the founder and chairman of Oxford Ancestors (www.oxfordancestors.com), which helps individuals explore their genetic roots using DNA. He is the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; The Seven Daughters of Eve, a New York Times bestseller; and Adam’s Curse.

Sykes is the next to step up to the plate when it comes to sequencing potential Bigfoot DNA.
From the Wolfson College, Oxford University Website


UPDATE – August 2013

Thanks to all who have contributed samples to the project. We have collected and analyzed over thirty samples and results are being prepared for publication. Following normal procedure, no results or other information will be available prior to publication, so please do not enquire.

Though the collection phase is now over, hair samples can still be submitted for analysis, but the costs (about $2,000 per sample) will no longer be covered.

Bryan Sykes.

The project is divided into three phases.

SAMPLE SUBMISSION PHASE        May – September 2012
DNA ANALYSIS PHASE            September – November 2012
PUBLICATION PHASE            November – December 2012

Results from DNA analysis will be prepared for publication in a peer-reviewed science journal. No results will be released until any embargoes on publication have passed.

I guess that timetable is a bit off. Still, we can always hope for an early Xmas present this year. Have you all been good little skeptics or believers?

Any guesses on whether Sykes’ results will meet with any more or less resistance than Ketchum’s?
Will Sykes’ results bring credibility to the study of Bigfoot, or will Bigfoot step all over Sykes’ career?
Sykes can certainly not be attacked on any question of his credentials. And one thing is sure, the search for bigfoot has graduated from plaster casts of hoaxed or misidentified or unexplained footprints and crackpot theories to the DNA labs of Oxford University. That’s something anyway.

I contacted Dr. Sykes to see where the project was, and to ask if he had any comment on the Ketchum Study, since her study is certainly relevant to his, and has certainly set the stage for the reception of his announcement.

Hello Dr. Sykes
I am bringing our readers up to date on your current state of your Bigfoot DNA study, setting the stage for the release of your results.
I was curious if you have any comment on the quality of the Ketchum study, its content, or conclusions.

Dear Henry,

Thank you for your enquiry. I have more or less finished the collection and analysis phase of the project, with just one or two more samples left to analyse. I am now preparing manuscript(s) for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

I have not commented on Dr Ketchum’s work, and will certainly not do so until my own results are published – if at all.

With kind regards


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  • The Oshmar

    ” or will Bigfoot step all over Sykes’ career?” <– $5 this is the outcome

  • Sean A. Elliott

    I expect the samples to be known animals. I recall Bob Titmus collecting hair samples in the bluff creek area that turned out to be moose. There are no moose there, and Titmus was a taxidermist! Go figure.

    As for the Ketchum fiasco, against all reason she still has supporters. Todd Disotel found her paper incomprehensible and impossible to read, so there you have it. I would absolutely love it if the samples indicated a new species, but so far, there’s no reason to believe that will be the case.

  • IThinkso

    Ain’t gonna cut it.

  • Steve M.

    I don’t care what you say,
    Not Bigfoot!

  • Larry Lesh


    I have been following this story since Dr. Ketchum began her study. One fact has remained clear. Some of the labs who ran her samples did return reports which led her to her conclusions. The rest of her report remains controversial for a variety of reasons.

    It appears Dr. Sykes has been very careful in selecting his samples and only used the ones which are the most promising. My best guess is that he will submit a paper for peer review which upholds the conclusions drawn by Melba Ketchum.

    For me there’s no doubt about the species existing. Since 1973 I’ve personally been chased out of the woods 5 times by specimens of the species. I’m good friends with one encounteree who had one of the best looks ever at a female specimen in decent light: 15 feet viewing in the light of a near full moon at 7500 feet for about 30 seconds.

    I’m guessing that Professor Sykes paper will eventually be a game changer in that it will be accepted by most scientists and government institutions. Someone still must get a specimen and other researchers are trying to do that. We still wait and patience is in order. My best,

  • The Oshmar

    “Since 1973 I’ve personally been chased out of the woods 5 times by specimens of the species.” Any photos or videos?

  • Bigfoot Gifts & Toys

    I think scientist will be able to track down where Bigfoot came from..

  • Huck Sterfoot

    “Any guesses on whether Sykes’ results will meet with any more or less resistance than Ketchum’s?”

    Resistance? If it’s resembles Ketchum’s rubbish methodologies in any way then yes.

    “Ketchum’s credentials”

    Credentials are irrelevant. It’s about methods, procedures, the data …and, of course, surviving scrutiny (as in peer review)

  • Really???

    Todd Disotel is an mental midget…..

  • Master Baiter

    Sykes has the real deal for I know the two guy’s that gave him the Hair’s which he’s got the D N A from…. They are on you tube and these guy’s ROCK!!! You will all know who I’m talking about in a ouple of week’s.for Sykes will be releasing the result’s on the 15th of this month.

  • Ray Mann

    (True) The hair samples given to Dr. Sykes is the real deal. One of the two guys who got the hair is my first cousin, and just think he wanted me to go out into the damn forest with them..

  • There are results being made public now that say Bear.

  • Ray Mann

    Ok Henry, let’s just wait until the full report comes out and get the true DNA facts but Bear it will not be…

  • The results he is currently reporting ARE bear. They are not preliminary, or partial, they are a 100% match. These results relate to only two hair samples, so what the rest of his 30+ samples may be is not yet released.

  • Ray Mann

    Yes, he has not released the other results yet, but I know some things that I cannot talk about at this moment. This is my cousin’s thing and I don’t want to step on it…