This was a good piece on the Ketchum bigfoot DNA story including commentary from other experts about good old fashioned scientific skepticism.
A researcher in Texas claims to have DNA tests that prove Bigfoot exists.
Dr. Melba Ketchum is a veterinarian and specializes in DNA testing. She said her company started analyzing tissue samples collected around the US about five years ago by people trying to prove the existence of Bigfoot.
“We have saliva, we have bark scraping, we have blood we have a little bit of everything,” Ketchum said.
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And, there have been those rumors that video exists. As I described in last week’s episode of Virtual Skeptics, the Erickson Project (Sasquatch: The Quest) has been working in conjunction with Dr. Ketchum providing the samples and additional evidence in order to convince the public that Bigfoot is real. Adrian Erickson makes this statement on his website:
Expanding to more study sites in both the USA and Canada, the team eventually achieved greater success, and recording extensive video and audio evidence, as well as collecting a host of other physical evidence including footprints, hand prints, and hair. Initially we felt that with the mounting evidence we were collecting, the scientific community would soon embrace this evidence, and move towards recognition of the species. With the exception of a few scientists who visited the Erickson Project, this was not the case; as the evidence mounted, the bar was raised higher, and soon it appeared that only DNA would turn the tide.
After many attempts, we perfected methods that enabled us to collect saliva, blood, and hairs from several sasquatch. The mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA of these samples are presently being analysed.
Erickson says he has seen the sasquatch with his own eyes.
So armed with cameras, in 2005, the Erickson Project began its quest to document the sasquatch, capturing what is purported to be the only other footage of the creature since the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film.
Erickson and his Reel Productions team say they filmed the sasquatch in Maple Ridge and in U.S. locations. They didn’t just film one – but several. They caught them sleeping, peering through trees and via thermal images. In his film, you can hear the sasquatch make low guttural sounds, the kind that make your hair stand on edge. The creatures are in a variety of colours – grey, brown and an orangutan orange.
The location in Golden Ears Provincial Park [British Columbia] was ideal because it had been hiked for more than a decade by the man who reported the sightings to Erickson. The sasquatch were not afraid to interact with the man, growing more familiar with him as he returned to the area.
Erickson filmed at the location for two years and collected hair samples from what he says is a grey, light-coloured sasquatch.
Erickson realized that footage plus DNA results would be more convincing to the public. Therefore, the release of the Ketchum paper could be a one-two punch. Here is a teaser the Erickson project gave us in August of 2011 - a still from a video of a sleeping Bigfoot. He claims there is full-face video of this individual, named Matilda. But since this is not very impressive, we are left still being lead along.
Several other scientific projects have been searching for Bigfoot. You can go here to read the background on some of them.
Many pro-Bigfoot people have been critical of me and other skeptics who are commenting on the Ketchum study prior to the paper even being released. But what else can we do? She’s made HUGE promises, we can’t help but think about it and speculate. Science by press release is unprofessionally bad form, and it often turns out to be a bust. I do understand that the wait has been long and process takes time but I can’t help NOT getting my hopes up considering all the so-called “real deals” we’ve seen before.
Those of us whose conclusions are made or broken only by critical consideration of the evidence are WAITING for the promises to be fulfilled. This could be Bigfootery’s finest hour or it could be it’s crash and burn fiasco.
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