Bigfoot seekers, don’t put away those gigantic magnifying glasses just yet. You might remember some months back when Texas geneticist Melba Ketchum claimed to have discovered and sequenced the DNA of a Bigfoot creature, only to have it debunked soon afterward. It’s a pretty bold claim when DNA sequencing is involved, but Ketchum hasn’t stopped there. In Dallas, she and the Sasquatch Genome Project presented some of their findings, which include many never-before-seen images and even alleged video evidence of the beast in Kentucky. Of Bigfoot.
The project was a five-year-long endeavor with a $500,000 price tag, funded entirely by businessman and Bigfoot enthusiast Adrian Erickson, whose widely seen “Erickson Project” video was one of those shown. Most of this evidence was collected in this report, which claims “approximately one hundred and thirteen separate samples of hair, blood, mucus, toenail, bark scrapings, saliva and skin with hair and subcutaneous tissue attached were submitted by dozens of individuals and groups from thirty-four separate hominin collection sites around North America.”
While the videos and photographs are suspect enough, it’s the free use of “DNA evidence” that really gets any science-minded individual’s attention. Ketchum is said to have sent the forensic evidence off to labs at the University of Texas Southwestern, the North Louisiana Crime Lab, and NYU.
Except an NYU representative told the New York Daily News that there was never any communication with Ketchum, nor had they dealt with any samples given to them by the Bigfoot Genome Project. The Louisiana Crime Lab did say they worked with Ketchum, but only to extract DNA from bone samples she sent them. They sent that DNA back to Ketchum, who sent it elsewhere to be tested. It isn’t clear where that was, though.
Of the samples, she said, “They didn’t know what they were testing. I have one email from a tester saying, ‘What have you done, discovered a new species?'” It’s when the samples, which were all identified as human, were broadened into genome sequences that Ketchum noticed parts of the DNA were different from any other species on earth. And they’re calling it a “genetic hybrid that defies what scientists once believed about evolution.” But that this new species did originate “from modern human females.”
Naysayers like myself (and many other rational people) don’t seem to bother Ketchum much. “We have more data in our paper than ever done before to prove a new species but basic science doesn’t like the results,” she said. “The scientific community doesn’t know what to do with this new find. I call it the Galileo effect.”
I have no problem with Ketchum aiming to find a new species, and I’m sure it’s tough for her to face constant negativity each day, but she doesn’t make it easy. “The whole point of this is that these are a type of people and they have a culture and there’s plenty of evidence to this effect,” she said. “They should have rights like we have. They’re not going to collect welfare and they’re not going to be a social burden but they don’t need to be hunted or even harassed.” Where does one even go with that? What culture could these beings possibly have, even if they were real?
As we’ve seen time and time again, there’s generally a reasonable explanation for everything in the modern world. If this is Bigfoot, I’ll stand atop a mountain and call it my savior. But until then, the only big feet I know are my own. And that’s another myth that has no place in reality.
Check out the Dallas CBS news report below.