Melba Ketchum, veterinarian, is asking for $9000 to study elongated “human” skulls. It must be because she did so well with the Sasquatch genome study. She is spearheading a GoFundMe campaign to raise money.
We have been doing genetic studies on the origin of various ancient and extant hominins including the cone heads of Peru, Sasquatch, and the red headed giants of North America that are famous in Native American legends.
We already have DNA extracted from several museum specimens but need to have whole genome next generation sequencing to unravel the mystery of the red headed giants. Are they a Native American Tribe, an unknown hominin or are they Sasquatch? Next generation sequencing is the way to find out, but it is expensive so we are looking for funding for this venture. Wouldn’t you really like to know the origins of these giant hominins that once inhabited North America? We do!
That’s it. That’s all we get and she asks us to pony up the money.
The first sentence sounds to me like the researchers assume that there exists genetic material for both Sasquatch and “red headed giants” of legend and they have it already. Unless I’ve missed something important, these two populations have not been shown to exist. Sounds like she may have an agenda. (We know she does but I’m being generous, here.)
I, too, would like to know the genetic makeup of the samples because the results will surely show interesting things. But I’d much rather leave it to qualified scientists than people who believe God (or aliens) sent the Nephilim giants (Bigfoot and the like) to mate with humans (like she said in her paper on Bigfoot origins).
Melba’s paper on Bigfoot genetics has been discredited and is not even considered scientifically peer-reviewed. She never showed any inkling that she understands evolution or anthropology. So, this sounds like a perfect project, eh?
I’m thinking this story is related: Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed!. If so, note that this crew isn’t dealing with experts but with crackpots like (now deceased) Lloyd Pye of the Starchild alien skull hypothesis.
Is she talking about these red-haired giants? The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave.
This proposal is woefully lacking – I see no research plan, no references, no credentials, and an ill-conceived notion of how science is done. Actually, I can’t really understand what she is talking about. Couldn’t she do a little better sell? She may not have to since the only people who will donate are those who are already ignorant and don’t know that this is not how you find good answers. They support her no matter what because she’s selling a belief, a nice story.
It’s your money, but I say donate to the National Center for Science Education instead. We need it!
The Ketchum project was voted the number one Doubtful News story of 2013. We called it “Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA flying circus”
She published the paper
The paper had joke references
It failed peer review
She said something about lemurs or lemurians
She gave her Bigfoot a new name
She teamed up with Erickson to show us really lame video footage
She got into a bitter battle
She remains blinded by belief
She is writing novels now.