A Houston Chronicle writer is claiming that Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA results are bogus.
Ketchum, a Texas veterinarian and genetics researcher began studying DNA samples from the “Sasquatch genomes” five years ago, and wrote that Bigfoot is a “hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.” The findings also said that the “legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago.”
But Eric Berger, a science blogger for the Chronicle, said he salvaged the research paper and contacted several geneticists, who said Ketchum’s evidence was inconclusive. It didn’t help that the paper, Novel North American Hominis, was the only article in the DeNovo Journal of Science, which had been created just a week before the paper was published.
“If Ketchum really had the goods she would have co-authored the paper with reputable scientists and gotten the work published in a reputable scientific journal,” Berger said. “Instead she’s playing to an audience that doesn’t understand how science works, that wants to believe Bigfoot exists and is willing to send her some cash to further their delusions.”
Berger said Ketchum contacted him after he wrote about his skepticism, and he agreed to act as an intermediary between her and a geneticist whom he knew personally.
“I also knew that this geneticist was first and foremost a scientist, and if there was even a 1 percent chance the Bigfoot evidence was real, he’d want check out the story,” Berger said. “I asked, and he was willing to approach the evidence with an open mind.” Berger is keeping his source’s identity private, however, because “some of his peers would question his engagement on such a topic, believing it unworthy of valuable research time.”
The geneticist — whom Berger says is a “top-notch scientist at the top of his field” — said the supposed Bigfoot DNA was “a mix of opossum and other species.”
After Ketchum’s research was published, the International Science Times found that DNA Diagnostics, the company that was used to analyze the Bigfoot DNA, had been given an “F” by the Better Business Bureau.
What do you think of Eric Berger’s claims?