Bigfoot DNA Discovered? Study Claims To Have Proven Sasquatch’s Existence

By Melissa Siegel on November 27, 2012 7:44 PM EST

Bigfoot
An image from the Bigfoot Museum in Willow Creek. (Photo: Flickr / Bob Doran)

Bigfoot's DNA has apparently been discovered, according to a press release from DNA Diagnostics.

The organization claims that a five-year study has determined that a Sasquatch does in fact exist and is in fact a hybrid of Homo Sapiens (humans) and primates.

"Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected," said Dr. Melba S. Ketchum, leader of the study, in the press release. "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."

Like Us on Facebook

It sounds exciting, but just how legit are Ketchum's claims?

According to several reports, the idea that Bigfoot's DNA has been discovered is dubious, at best.

As Benjamin Radford, the deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer, notes, this study has not yet appeared in any peer-reviewed journal. He also notes that it is doubtful that Bigfoot's mitochondrial DNA is identical to human's as Ketchum's study claims.

The only way this would be possible, Radford says, is if Sasquatches reproduced with women over 15,000 years ago (when this Bigfoot supposedly existed), or, the samples were contaminated. While Ketchum believes the former scenario, Radford (and isciencetimes) thinks the latter is more likely.

There are plenty of other issues with this supposed Bigfoot DNA discovery, as the Houston Chronicle points out. First of all, nowhere in the press release does anyone from  DNA Diagnostics state where this supposed Bigfoot DNA came from. You would think that would be a major part of the story that the scientists would want to tell.

Also, the Chronicle story notes that the scientists in question announced their findings before they had been published or even vetted by others. This is rarely done in the scientific community, according to the article.

Finally, DNA Diagnostics has been given an "F" grade by the Better Business Bureau, and over two dozen people have complained about its services.

It's fun to think about the idea that Bigfoot's DNA has been discovered. But, unfortunately, this story is about as difficult to believe as all the other previous Sasquatch sightings.

© 2012 iScience Times All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join the Conversation

Sponsored From Around the Web

    ZergNet
Follow iScience Times
us on facebook RSS
 
us on google
 
Most Popular
Giant Iceberg Spotted By NASA Satellite In Antarctica Drifting Out To Sea [VIDEO]
White Dwarf Star Magnifies Another Star’s Brightness: Einstein Thought It Couldn’t Be Observed
For Earth Day, NASA's 'Global Selfie' Campaign Seeks To Build Composite Image Of Our Ailing Planet
Stem Cell Nuclei's Rare Sponge-Like Properties Help Them Transition Into Specialized Cells
New Zealand Boaters Fight Off Voracious Fanworms That Hitchhike On Hulls, Threaten Seaport Aquatic Life
INSIDE iScience Times
Do Dolphins Get High? BBC Cameras Catch Dolphins Chewing On Pufferfish Toxins
Do Dolphins Get High? BBC Cameras Catch Dolphins Chewing On Pufferfish Toxins
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie?
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie?
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
How to Turn Your Tap Water Faucet  Into a Coffee Spout [VIDEO]
How to Turn Your Tap Water Faucet Into a Coffee Spout [VIDEO]
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
Research Shows Cats Are Rude; Can Recognize Their Owners Voice But Choose Not To Respond
Research Shows Cats Are Rude; Can Recognize Their Owners Voice But Choose Not To Respond