A team led by veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum believes they have discovered physical evidence that proves the existence of Bigfoot. And their evidence suggests that the elusive creature is a human-ape hybrid.
Dr. Ketchum and her team, consisting of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, conducted their studies at DNA Diagnostics in Nacogdoches, Texas. Dr. Ketchum has nearly thirty years of experience in genetics research and forensics. She is now staking her professional reputation on the team’s findings.
The study took place over a period of five years. Initially, Ketchum analyzed hair samples found following an alleged Bigfoot encounter. They found unusual characteristics during DNA sequencing, but they could not conclusively verify their findings. They then studied more than 100 DNA samples believed by some to have been left by Sasquatches.
Dr. Ketchum said in an interview that she did not believe in Bigfoot before she began analyzing the evidence. Nevertheless, after analyzing the first samples five years ago, she was intrigued enough by the anomalies in the sample that she decided to follow up with more testing. Over the next several years, the DNA Diagnostics team received more samples of hair, blood, saliva and urine, all obtained from the sites of alleged Bigfoot sightings.
The team claims to have found three nuclear genomes that suggest the creature is not only real, but is actually a human hybrid. They believe that a human female mated with an unknown primate, creating the iconic mystery creature. They believe the mating took place about 15,000 years ago, although that date seems to be a bit young since the creatures are believed to roam an extensive range spanning at least two continents.
Dr. Ketchum said that they began getting human results on the mitochondrial DNA, which comes from the female side of the family. Other labs which had gotten human results from their tests assumed that the samples had been contaminated and destroyed them. Her team split their samples with another forensic lab, one working by hand while the other relied on robots. In many cases, their samples showed human DNA sequences.
Other laboratories are also testing alleged Bigfoot samples for unusual DNA. Researchers from both Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology are planning to submit their results to a peer-reviewed scientific journal at some time in the future.
What happens if Dr. Ketchum’s team, or one of the other research teams, can definitely prove through DNA testing that Bigfoot really exists? And what if it turns out that they are at least partly human? Should they be left alone to work out their own destiny? Should they be granted the rights of other humans? Should attempts be made to contact a long-lost cousin? It may be that these questions will become relevant very soon.
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