Diagnostics Lab: We’ve Sequenced Bigfoot’s DNA

Picture: J.D. Hancock (CC)

Pop some popcorn. This is going to get interesting. Skeptics are suggestiong that the “non-human” components detected are due to sample contamination, and believers…well…Let’s say that there’s a prominent cable program that’s already voiced interest in the study.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

‘BIGFOOT’ DNA SEQUENCED IN UPCOMING GENETICS STUDY

Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America

Contact: Robin Lynne, media@dnadiagnostics.com, 231.622.5362

DALLAS, Nov. 24–A team of scientists can verify that their 5-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 as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.

The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:

“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. 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. 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.

Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.

“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”

Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.

Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:

“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.”

Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.

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  • InfvoCuernos

    So, if we acknowledge Sasquatch as a race of human, does that mean the govt. gets to tax them? If this DNA really is from a Bigfoot, let’s start cloning them and stick em in stormtrooper armor-we’ll see who’s a paper tiger then-Ha! stormtrooper bigfoot clones-FTW!

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    The Y chromosome is from the Yeti, obviously.

  • kowalityjesus

    I wonder at what point the existence of sasquatch will become “accepted.” It will probably be the worst thing to happen to sasquatch in all of history. Can you imagine the hype, the hunts, the tourists?

    Maybe somebody will learn its language, become an ambassador, and write publications based on interviews. That will be interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue6ZWzhaad4

    • todd southern

      Humans barely have a grasp understanding how to communicate with humblest of creatures. What makes you think one of us would be able to talk to a Sasquatch? We can only talk to other simians because they learned our language. We can figure out somethings… but not an actual conversation. If this creature exists it will be more than likely have to adapt to human language if it would want to be understood.

  • BuzzCoastin

    you know what they say about unknown creatures with big feet?
    big DNA

  • Daniel Reasor

    Scientists submit their work to peer-reviewed journals. Con men with something to sell give out press releases.

    • liquidstar

      yep. that s why NASA gives out press releases too.

  • umlaut

    This doesn’t sound that interesting. Gigantopithecus has been accepted by science for decades. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantopithecus

    • Matt Staggs

      Gigantopithecus has, but relict populations of Gigantopithecus has not. There’s no fossil history supporting the theory that Gigantopithecus, relict or not, ever had a foothold (pun-intended) in North America. For that matter, there’s no evidence accepted by the scientific community of any non-modern human species ever having been in North America. Sadly, there’s not much scientific evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, either, and there’s no one who would love for Bigfoot to be real than me. (Well, maybe Joe Rogan. He’s an ever bigger Bigfoot fan than I am.) I’m extremely interested in the DNA study, but I think it’s going to be a disappointment.

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