Ketchum wants you to help fund her study on human origins

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.

Ancient Human Origins, N American Giants by Melba Ketchum – GoFundMe.

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.

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  14 comments for “Ketchum wants you to help fund her study on human origins

  1. Bob Blaskiewicz (@rjblaskiewicz)
    July 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM


  2. Eve
    July 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I think everyone’s very unfair to poor Melba. She’s obviously a brilliant performance artist. A study of Bigfoot and Coneheads? Genius!

  3. July 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Shamelessly misrepresenting science, betraying integrity to sell nonsense to gullible sensationalist fools and farting in the face of intelligence. Isn’t there a Nobel Peace Prize for that?

  4. Graham
    July 5, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    According to some Conspiracy Theorists there may be more to Coneheads than we think, Jason Colavito has the lowdown:

  5. David H
    July 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    She’s probably seeking funding because her book sales are not as high as she expected.

    I was a little intrigued by the story that Melba Ketchum is writing novels that could be “the next Twilight.”

    It is for sale on Barnes & Noble dot com: “Mystic Forest: Wishes.” The first volume in her trilogy about Gracie, a young girl lost in the woods and befriended by the “forest people.” Three guesses who they are.
    You can be the first to review it!

    So Ketchum’s book exists!

    I looked into the publisher, wondering who/what could possibly publish this epic.
    Tall Pines Publishing of Wilmington Delaware, run by an ” . . .innovative and forward-thinking staff have a reputation for publishing high-end material that entertains and inspires.”

    Check out their range of Books, New Releases and list of Authors.
    Or not.
    I’ll save you time. One Book:”Mystic Forest: Wishes.” One New Release: Ditto. One Author: Guess who?

  6. July 6, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    Why is it that the fringe history “researchers” are *always* asking for money?

    While many of them seem to believe in their absurd theories, despite the implicit racism and boneheaded nonsense, their constant asking for money begs the question whether they are just cons looking for money to enable continuing living their lavish lifestyles… I mean, they never do actually make it clear how that money is spent, do they?

  7. Jon O
    July 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    That looks like some atrocious vanity press material. Check out the back cover with “forest people”:

  8. John
    July 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    “The National Center for Science Education, founded in 1981, engages in a number of activities advancing two primary goals: improving and supporting education in evolution, climate change, and the nature of science, and increasing public understanding of these subjects.”

    Why is the national center for science concerned about evolution? I don’t see the point..I can understand global warming / climate change..but evolution?

    Do they have a set of books the public can look at?

  9. July 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Um, because that is the topic most people try to get out of science classrooms or distort with their own agenda. Are you not familiar with this? What other cases regarding teaching science in classrooms have gone to court multiple times?

  10. Smokey
    July 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    many archaeologic hair specimens are reddish in color because of the differential effects of decay on hair pigments…. iow, most dark ancient (animal or human) hair turns reddish if in the ground for hundreds of years. The snake oil salesmen use this phenomenon as another bogus sensational claim. The “giant” claims have never survived the “ruler test”/normal ranges, and are basically as based on unsubstantiated newspaper articles, similar to the bigfoot stuff we now see every day.

    Nephilim/ancient aliens huckster L. A. Marzulli is part of the Peru graverobbers “cone head” scam, along with tourism entrepreneur Brien Forster, who involved Ketchum a couple years ago. He gave her $7000 to do the DNA well over a year ago and she has given him nothing, as of a couple months back. I guess Forster has wised up on her scam; no honor among thieves, eh, Bri? It was one of Brien’s fans who wrote that endorsement of Ketchum that she posts on her website as “peer review.”

    you can read more about Marzulli’s bogosity at (scroll down a ways).

  11. Judith Bennett
    July 6, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    So much for Brien Foerster’s claims that he wasn’t working with Ketchum… As for “DNA extracted from several museum specimens…” that sounds impressive until you realize that the Paracas Museum in Peru isn’t quite like the museums we’re used to in the US or Europe. It’s a privately held collection including many elongated skulls that were purchased recently from looters.

  12. David H
    July 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    By “a set of books” you can look at, I’m assuming you mean their Financial records.
    Here you go:

    Bottom of the FAQ page:
    “NCSE’s Form 990s are posted at Guidestar and may be viewed there; Adobe Reader and free registration with Guidestar are required. Searching by the EIN 11-2656357 is the quickest way to find NCSE there. If you’re unable to access the Form 990s at Guidestar, get in touch with the NCSE office.”

  13. Anthony
    July 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I’ve often thought this. I’ve seen mammoth and mastodon wool (hair?) that was red and some that was black. Same with some mummy hair from humans. I’ve also seen a blue ox mummy (frozen I believe it really was). I think the blue was from copper in the soil. I can’t seem to find any articles on this. Driving me nuts because I KNOW I read about this.

  14. July 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

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