A genetic researcher who claims to have sequenced Bigfoot’s genome says the creatures are real and should be recognized as indigenous people.
According to Texas veterinarian Dr. Melba S. Ketchum, Bigfoot – the subject of many a grainy photo and shaky video – is real and she says she can prove it. Dr. Ketchum is a veterinarian and the founder of DNA Diagnostics Inc – a company that “provides multi-species testing including human as well as animal DNA testing for individuals, law enforcement, breed associations, and state regulatory agencies” – and she claims to have sequenced the hairy critter’s DNA.
“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples,” Ketchum said in a press release. “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.”
Why’s the mitochondrial DNA identical to that of humans? Well, seemingly, it’s because Bigfoot’s ancestors interbred with our ancestors. Ketchum says, “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.”
Ketchum claims that the study is currently under peer review and, according to the press release, “Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.”
Where and how Ketchum obtained the DNA samples is not mentioned in the press release, however, according to Robert Lindsay’s blog, it seems it may have been obtained from a group of bagel-loving Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) in Michigan:
Ketchum’s spokesman seems to be Robin Lynne, a longtime Bigfoot habituator who lives in rural Michigan. She claims that there are up to 10 Bigfoots living around her property, and every day, she feeds them a variety of foods including blueberry bagels, which they are particularly fond of. A lot of people have ridiculed her story, but according to information I have, there may indeed be Bigfoots on the property assuming some of the things she is relating are actually occurring.
For instance, one morning, Robin went out to her feeding box and found it locked! She heard noises inside, and when she opened it, the food was gone and there was an opossum inside!
She let the opossum out, but she was puzzled. Sure the possum could possibly have gotten into the box, but there is no way the possum could have gotten into the box and then locked the door to it afterwards. Shades of a locked room mystery here. Lynne concluded that the Bigfoots must have put the opossum into the box as a joke.
But not everybody is convinced that Ketchum’s study really does prove that Bigfoot exists. “Let me offer a preliminary alternate hypothesis, said Steven Novella, an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. “The hair samples that contain only human mtDNA are from a human. The samples from which the nuDNA is isolated are also from humans but with some contaminants or some other animal source mixed in. That seems to be a more parsimonious interpretation.” Of course, another possible explanation could be that the whole thing is a hoax.
Ketchum also believes that Bigfoots should be recognized as human and afforded the same entitlements and protections. “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,” she said.
“While it’s easy to chortle at such stories, the scientific method demands that disbelief be suspended until peers have reviews and retested”, said the Register’s Iain Thompson in an article titled Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING (El Reg headlines never disappoint!). “Maybe it is possible that someone had the one-night stand from hell and we ended up with a near relative – but great claims demand great evidence.”
I’ll eat my toque if Ketchum really does have proof that Bigfoot exists, but what do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.