Where IS the Ketchum Bigfoot DNA study? Reviewed, rejected, or Russia?

Bigfoot Facebook groups and blogs are reporting that the Ketchum paper announcing the finding of Bigfoot DNA has been rejected by peer review journal and will be published elsewhere, possibly in Russian journal. But, it can’t just be ONE story, it has to be many, conflicting and ridiculous.

Watch out. Bigfoot (double) crossing.

How did this all go down? Very unprofessionally, of course, with giant missteps, accusations of Big Science conspiracy and many aspersions cast. And, apparently, the new way to do communication in “science” is via Facebook posts. Who knew?

Igor Burtsev, a Russian Bigfoot/Yeti researcher who originally leaked the results of the study via his Facebook page declared this news:

Re the paper: the reviewed journals in the US refused to publish the paper. That is why Dr Ketchum has sent it to me to arrange publishing in any Russian reviewd journal. And I showed to our genetisits and understood that it was a serious work. I gave it up to the journal, now it’s under reviewing.

This was AWFULLY CONVENIENT. Show us the rejection notice. Because I can’t believe one word from any party in this circus.

There are at least two scenarios here. 1. Burtsev is a loose cannon. Or, 2. He is doing the work here to set the stage where the study was hyped, picked up by the media and then falls because of mean old American closed-minded science. He will redeem it in Russia where Bigfoot is welcomed with open arms.

His story does not now match with Melba’s own spokesperson (Robin Lynne) who says the paper is still in review and “very scientific”. And then, he doesn’t match his OWN story. From the Facebook page of Coalition for Reason, Science, Sanity in Bigfoot Research:

Burtsev does not understand how science works. It is not via democracy (this many people BELIEVE so it must be true). As I’ve said before, to make such an extraordinary claim is to put yourself out on a limb. This limb is cracking. Had this been a solid piece of work, with actual experts involved, it would have been published.

In addition, he mentions that there is a race to publish the paper. That is NOT done in American science. A journal will have exclusive publishing rights to a paper. This says oodles about Burtsev and perhaps the community they are now in with this study:

As the delays, secrecy and strange rumors continued to substitute for any solid information, it became crystal clear that this project is not quality science. It instead looks more like sham inquiry where they had the answer they wanted and worked backwards to get the desired result and maximum media attention. All of Dr. Ketchum’s associates, none of which are doing her any favors right now by talking, are Bigfoot believers. Burtsev thinks they are paranormal, dimension-shifting creatures. Robin Lynne thinks they live in her backyard. Some of us are dubious that there was a paper submitted to a journal at all and that there is a well-worn rumor that this hype will turn into nothing but a media platform for Ketchum.

Does this paper exist? Is this all an elaborate hoax? I have to side with Matt Moneymaker of Finding Bigfoot here who has for a while trumpeted that indeed it is a sham.

Bigfoot, once again, goes the “scientifical” route and does an end run around science protocol. Good luck ever being taken seriously, Dr. Ketchum. You have a huge hole to dig yourself out of.

Find the story here at Bigfoot Lunch Club and especially notice the graphic that accompanies it (includes a football).

MORE: Russia is Yeti friendly. And likes to play fast and loose with their science.

  8 comments for “Where IS the Ketchum Bigfoot DNA study? Reviewed, rejected, or Russia?

  1. D. Walker
    December 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    You can’t “Make Believe” something into existence, no matter how much you want it to be. There have been no teeth, bones, or any real evidence. Ever. Where would the teeth and bones have gone to?? With no actual evidence of something, it doesn’t make sense to believe in it. It’s just a delusion. People shouldn’t waste their time and efforts and intellect chasing shadows. They should try to focus their minds on that which is real.

  2. Steph
    December 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Why would she avoid working with Dr. Disotell?

    • December 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      He was great on the latest Monster Talk podcast as well as The Bigfoot Show – very suspicious that he hasn’t seen any data yet.

  3. Bob Rupp-Kilgore
    December 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    The folks over at the Monster Talk podcast along with Dr. Disotell did an outstanding takedown of this announcement.

  4. December 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I don’t know, it might still appear in Weekly World News. That’s peer reviewed, isn’t it?

    • December 7, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Pretty sure Batboy himself reviews everything they publish.

  5. December 8, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Honestly, I agree, you can’t WISH anything into reality. I get the “This much eye witness testimony would be accepted in any court of law!” Only, I suspect the Bigfoot DNA evidence would NOT be accepted in any court of law. Is there a book, is there a movie…I smell money somewhere in this.

  6. Kay
    December 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Ketchum would have probably gone further by just writing it up as science fiction. We all love Bigfoot, true or not.

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