October 2, 2013
New Video, DNA Evidence Indicates Bigfoot May Really Exist
Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Roger Patterson’s 1967 video of an alleged Bigfoot, shot in the Bluff Creek Tributary northeast of Orleans, California, has become the single most credible evidence of the existence of such a hominin in the last half century. Since then, numerous videos, photos and other evidence have been published, purportedly proving the existence of a Bigfoot-like creature roaming the North American wilderness. However, most evidence has been found to be either a mis-identification or a hoax.
Now, SGP researchers say they have irrefutable evidence that the cryptid exists in the form of DNA samples and a never-before-seen film of a juvenile female Bigfoot creature sleeping in the woods of Kentucky. The video, blood and hair samples, were presented to a number of external research laboratories for analysis, of which 11 are now supporting the SGP claim.
The researchers say this is not the only video footage filmed in person that is in their possession. In their report, they also present findings that were first published in February, which includes photos of hair and tissue samples believed to be from a Sasquatch. Another photo shows what looks like drops of blood and still another showing fang marks on a metal downspout.
The report explains that the researchers collected more than a hundred samples of hair, blood, saliva and other genetic material from 34 separate hominin collection sites around North America. Through a generous donation of $500,000 from Bigfoot enthusiast Adrian Erickson, the team of researchers say they were able to perform detailed analyses on the samples collected.
Ketchum told New York Daily News in a telephone interview that the external labs were not sure what it was they were testing. She said she had “one email from a tester saying 'what have you done, discovered a new species?'"
The results of the analyses showed that all samples were human, said Ketchum. However, when the samples were broadened into genome sequences, some parts of the DNA were found to be identical to no other species previously known to science. So that left only a few answers, and the dominant one was that it was a genetic hybrid, which would change what is believed about evolution in the scientific community.
The samples indicate the genetic material “originated from modern human females,” noted Ketchum.
"We have more data in our paper than ever done before to prove a new species but basic science doesn't like the results," Ketchum told Nina Golgowski of the NY Daily News. Ketchum admitted that she once was one of the skeptics, not believing in Bigfoot herself.
Bigfoot sightings have been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, with wild-men stories found among the indigenous population of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Most stories are similar in some aspect, despite all having their own unique details.
Some regional versions tell the tale of creatures that are nefarious or malevolent. Stories of monsters that come and kidnap those who say their names or indulge in cannibalistic desires appear in some historical texts. Other reports exist of hominin-like creatures that appear to be more supernatural than natural.
Then there are the less menacing versions of such creatures. Natives have made claims of large upright hairy beasts existing side-by-side with them for centuries. The most notable of these legendary creatures would be one dubbed Sasquatch. The term was coined by JW Burns in the 1920s and refers to the Halkomelem word sasq’ets. The term was popularized throughout Canada in early newspapers before gaining popularity in the United States decades later.
Ketchum and team’s findings could be that of this legendary Sasquatch. However, some skepticism remains among the scientific community, with many claiming that samples must have been contaminated by collectors – intentionally or otherwise.
Ketchum denies such claims, noting that there are no secondary profiles in the samples.
"If you have a contamination, you're going to have one profile overlapping over a second profile," she said. "We do not have that in any samples of the study."
She maintains that all samples were provided by credible sources with the understanding of the proper method of collection. She said that hair samples were also washed to prevent contamination.
Some of that evidence has come from Bigfoot research backer Erickson, founder of the Erickson Project.
Erickson and colleagues said they had captured “definitive video and DNA evidence from the elusive Sasquatch.”
During a news conference in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, several clips were shown of video evidence. Most of the clips were very short and quite grainy, and may further help skeptics maintain an edge. However, the researchers are sticking to their guns.
The extremely short video of the sleeping Sasquatch was taking in 2005. The team says an extended version of the video will be released for a future documentary. Currently, there still exists very limited evidence to back up claims of Bigfoot being real, and the team has a long uphill battle ahead of them to prove, beyond a doubt, the existence of a hybrid hominin.
If Ketchum and team’s findings are confirmed to be of Bigfoot, or some other hominin hybrid, she said she is adamant about what the next step should be.
"I’d like to see them have the same protections as any other human as far as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of their own happiness, meaning that they be left alone and not put under a microscope, not hunted, not harassed, not chased through the woods -- leave them alone," Ketchum said in an interview with HuffPost. "They’ve existed for thousands of years this way and don’t need habitats set aside. They’ve lived under our noses all this time."