As is the usual pattern, the news is less than impressive.
A team of Sasquatch researchers screened what it called “never before seen HD video” of Bigfoot on Tuesday.
During a news conference, they played several short clips that purported to show various human-like, hairy figures moving about in wooded areas in Kentucky.
The exclusive footage came from a similar effort dubbed The Erickson Project, which was led by Adrian Erickson. That group said it captured the “definitive video and DNA evidence from the elusive Sasquatch.”
“Researcher Dennis Pfohl… personally captured video and collected DNA samples from Sasquatch individuals,” the Erickson group said in a written statement.
According to the group, footage captured in Kentucky in 2005 shows a female Sasquatch sleeping. An extended version of the video is expected to be released in a future documentary.
This video is LONG overdue. Last December, everyone thought the HIGH DEFINITION footage of the creature known as “Matilda” would be presented along with the study. This conference was announced via press release but honestly, those of us seriously following this fiasco assumed it would be another joke. And so it is. Not only does Matilda remarkably resemble a throw rug but the face seems eerily reminiscent of Chewbacca. The clips that were shown in the news conference were described as short and grainy. That’s kind of odd for HD footage, don’t you think!? I actually expected nothing better.
For a chronology of the Ketchum Project, see my exclusive piece here in Skeptical Briefs.
Here are all previous stories on Melba Ketchum.
Sorry to say that Ketchum and Erickson’s 15 minutes of fame is long over. Credibility is shot. No, Melba’s paper was NOT properly peer reviewed and her DNA study was discredited. [Study is available publicly HERE]. There were about 10 people at most at this conference, as it appears from the video. Looking at the clips visible in the news video below, the Patterson-Gimlin film looked more genuine.
Dear Melba, stop it already.
The video will eventually appear in the Erickson Project Documentary.
UPDATE (3-Oct-2013) Only ABC news opted to consult any expert on this story that has gone international in the past two days.
Todd R. Disotell, a professor at the Department of Anthropology at New York University, told ABCNews.com that Ketchum’s research is nonsense.
“This was not reported in any scientific way whatsoever. It’s complete junk science, and then she misinterprets it. She hasn’t published in peer-reviewed papers on this stuff. I don’t know how this got put together,” he said.
This just further reinforces the idea that cryptozoology is fringe, nonsense field. Good going Dr. Ketchum. You really made a mess playing scientist.
Incidentally, only a Norwegian paper actually cited this DN post. No one else seemed to do much research into the controversial background of the Sasquatch Genome project before just credulously printing these claims. Yeah media. You mostly fail again.