Forgive us if we’ve made a little fun of Bigfoot in a series of articles on Baltimore Post-Examiner. I know we got some serious Sasquatch hunters, scientists and researchers a little upset.
So it’s time to give a little respect to those Bigfoot researchers.
An explosive study may finally settle this whole half-man, half-ape or whatever. And the early findings of this scientific study suggest maybe we should take it a little more seriously. So if you are paddling on a river in Ontario, Wisconsin known as the Kickapoo where someone recently claimed to have seen Sasquatch, listen up. It might not be Wisconsin beer that is playing mind tricks on the witnesses.
Maybe what they saw really is Bigfoot.
Bigfoot is real.
The study says the creature is not exactly human and not exactly not human. Call it a hybrid species. In most cases research is announced in a peer-reviewed scientific journal but Ketchum’s work apparently was leaked out and reported recently on the website of the Russia-based International Center of Hominology.
Igor Burtsev from the Russian website said that Ketchum’s findings prove Sasquatch or Bigfoot “is human like us only different, a hybrid of a human with unknown species.”
Ketchum said her research and DNA findings is still in peer review and may take months before it becomes official. That has some doubters claiming she is doing a publicity stunt to promote a documentary she is working on about Bigfoot. Doing press interviews and issuing statements prior to getting work peer-reviewed is something that is frowned upon in the scientific world.
Houston Chronicle blogger Eric Berger slams Ketchum’s DNA claim, noting her DNA company is an F-rated company with more than two dozen complaints with the Better Business Bureau. And he wonders where did she get the DNA samples. Apparently, Berger said it’s from Ketchum’s spokesman Robin Lynne, a longtime Bigfoot habituator who lives in rural Michigan. Lynne claimed that there are up to 10 Bigfoots living around her property, and every day, she feeds them a variety of foods including Blueberry bagels.
To which Ketchum recently tweeted: “Correction request: we analyzed DNA from 109 samples including hair, blood, and tissue–no saliva-covered bagels.”
Nevertheless, she is sticking to her story.
She said the study was based on three Bigfoot nuclear genomes and her findings show Sasquatch as a human hybrid or as she put it “the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.”
She released a statement about the study – saying her findings confirm 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 “sequenced twenty whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain three whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. “The genome sequencing showed 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,” according to Ketchum’s statement. 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.”
“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected,” she said in the statement released to the public. “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.”
She has called on public officials and law enforcement to 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,” she said.
Other Bigfoot researchers say her finding shows one important fact – certainly to upset some hunters – Sasquatch is not an ape. That certainly will not sit well with those who devoted a lifetime of research trying to convince the public that Bigfoot is part ape.
Those questioning the lab’s findings should know that her lab didn’t do all the testing. In all, 13 university labs and several private facilities were involved. Ketchum said. None of the universities were named but she said the conclusions were the same. Not human; not non-human.
The only question now is will her documentary come out before the study.
Timothy W. Maier is the founder of Baltimore Post-Examiner LLC, which runs the Baltimore and Los Angles Post-Examiner websites. He started out writing music, fiction and poetry and then turned to news writing where he spent the past three decades at news organizations in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. More recently he was the managing editor at the Baltimore Examiner. He now spends time with his family, dogs, and his guitar.