Bigfoot DNA Study Reveals It Is A Human RelativeBy Marhgil Macuha on Nov 28, 2012 in Animals, Science •
A press release issued by a company called DNA Diagnostics reported that genetic testing of a purported Bigfoot DNA reveals that it is a human relative that existed about 15,000 years ago, several science news sites reported on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
According to reports, an alleged study conducted by Texas veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum suggests that such cryptids mated with modern human females which resulted in hairy hominin hybrids.
“A team of scientists can verify that their five-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,” the press release said.
For Ketchum‘s study, the testing was reportedly done on three “whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples.”
“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,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine is skeptical. “How did the team definitively determine that the samples were from a Bigfoot? Did they take a blood or saliva sample from a living Bigfoot? If so, how did they get that close, and why didn’t they simply capture it or photograph it? If the samples were found in the wild, how do they know it wasn’t left by another animal — or possibly even a hunter, hiker or camper who left human genetic material?” Radford asked on his Live Science article.
Ketchum‘s research on Bigfoot DNA has not appeared in any peer-reviewed scientific journal, and there is no information on when it will happen, reports said.
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