Tag Archive for Melba Ketchum

Ketchum wants you to help fund her study on human origins

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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…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

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NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

Journal board tells Ketchum to knock it off

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The former directors of the Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Exploration in Zoology – JAMEZ – have warned Melba Ketchum to stop saying she bought their journal and obtained peer review for her Bigfoot DNA study. The dominos continue to fall as her study continues to degrade. Hard to imagine it can GET much lower but…

Homo sapiens cognatus posited as new name for Bigfoot

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Dr. Melba Ketchum has registered the name Homo sapiens cognatus to Zoo Bank. But what does that mean? From: ZooBank.org. Homo sapiens cognatus Ketchum in Ketchum, Wojtkiewicz, Watts, Spence, Holzenburg, Tolar, Prychitko, Zhang, Bollinger, Shoulders & Smith, 2013 The request was made November 18, 2012 and was just recently accepted in Nomenclatural Acts on the website…

The Bigfoot Files and Melba’s big idea

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Just a quick post: two items regarding Bigfoot, DNA and perhaps rivalry. Yesterday, the first of a three-part documentary series aired on British TV featuring Dr. Bryan Sykes and his results from the Oxford-Lausanne DNA project. DN staff was able to obtain a copy and I wrote a review. Bottom line – it’s WELL worth seeing.…

Another Erickson Project Bigfoot clip released

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As you can imagine, it’s blurry. Take a look at my commentary on why you should feel angry and insulted by Ketchum, Erickson and the media. They must think the public is a pile of dolts. Bigsuit and Bigroot: Not Bigfoot Addition: I found this on Erickson’s site. The mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA of…

The slums of scientific peer review

Scientific "peer review" may be done cheaply and sub-standard, not with integrity and ethics.

Take a gander at this. An investigator for Science mag, John Bohannon, pulls a sting operation to investigate predatory open-access journals. What he finds probably will not surprise you but it reveals a zone of rot in scientific peer review and publishing. Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?. On 4 July, good news arrived in the…

Now Ohio goes Bigfoot crazy

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This is getting to be a meme or something. Or it’s contagious. What it ISN’T is great evidence for the reality of Bigfoot. It’s more of the same weak, wishful thinking and media influence. A footprint and a reported sighting from Ohio – neither is, as usual, very impressive. But the media just laps it…

Ketchum DNA first retest and peer review: Fail (UPDATE: Response)

This is what the placard which came with the so-called Bigfoot hair said. Photo credit: Steve Busti

SciGuy blogger Eric Berger had a buddy who knows DNA. The geneticist was asked to test the DNA samples with Ketchum’s permission that were purportedly a novel and non-human species. I had the ‘Bigfoot DNA’ tested in a highly reputable lab. Here’s what I found. | SciGuy | a Chron.com blog. I agreed to be…

Sasquatch film footage for sale (Update: So unprofessional, on eBay)

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Dr. Melba Ketchum, speaking for Igor Burtsev, is advertising some interesting items on her Facebook page. EXCITING NEWS…….. For collectors of the Sasquatch. Dr. Igor Burtsev is Opening A International Center of Hominology in The U.S.A. The center will also help in the preservation of the Forest People. Dr. Burstev will be selling two films…

Pop pseudo-archaeology – Why we should speak out

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Commentator and link contributor to DN, Jeb Card, has an article out on what the public thinks about archaeology, co-authored with David S. Anderson and Kenneth L. Feder. For a long time (too long?) the professional reaction to pseudoscience has been no reaction at all. Is it time to change that? Archaeologists are responsible for…

Ketchum update: Might as well be Lemurians at this point

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It’s time for an update to the never-ending, guaranteed ridiculous, saga of the Ketchum DNA study/project. The original piece that I wrote detailing issues upon publication of the study is here.  That piece gives you information about the results and the two spinoff websites from the project: The Sasquatch Genome Project which you can now get…

Breaking bio on the Ketchum Sasquatch sequences

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Interested in what scientists trained in evolutionary biology think of the Melba Ketchum DNA paper? You’ll want to watch 25 minutes of this Google Hangout of biologists called Breaking Bio. The guest is David Winter, a PhD in evolutionary biology currently in New Zealand, who looked a bit closer at the sequences provided in the…

Ketchum uses April Fools paper as reference (Updated: Melba responds)

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Oh my, will the scandal NEVER STOP coming for Dr. Ketchum. The intrepid observers at the JREF forum have spotted a whopper of a flub by Melba Ketchum in her recent Sasquatch DNA paper. Here is a snippet from her paper: The above commonly reported traits, as well as other scientific evidence lending credence to…

Ketchum Sasquatch DNA is being analyzed by others

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Dr. Melba Ketchum has just announced that the Bigfoot/Sasquatch DNA data set is being analyzed by others. Details are not made available but she released this on her facebook page: I have independent analysis of our data going on. If the outcome of what we are doing supports our analysis, then we are vindicated. If…

The doubt-filled year in Sasquatchery 2012

Frame capture from the Patterson Gimlin film, to date, the most discussed piece of Bigfoot evidence.

It’s been a big year in Bigfootery. Let’s face it, DNA results or not, the mystery and mayhem of Sasquatch isn’t going away (but hopefully Finding Bigfoot will…) Bigfoot Lunch Club has a month to month rundown of Bigfoot news in review. Here is the first half of the year and here is the second.…

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

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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. How did this all go down? Very unprofessionally,…

DNA expert’s view of the Ketchum Bigfoot DNA claim

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Dr. Todd Disotell appeared on the Parsec-award winning podcast, Monster Talk, earlier this week to discuss the press release from Dr. Melba Ketchum regarding the Bigfoot DNA study she spearheaded. Monster Talk: SASQUATCH: KETCHUM IF YOU CAN Dr. Disotell is a Professor of Anthropology at New York University. His research specialties include primate evolution, genetics and…

The continuing saga of Sasquatch DNA

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It’s been a busy week in Sasquatchery. As we reported on Saturday, a press release was issued officially by Dr. Melba Ketchum’s DNA Diagnostics announcing the study she completed which is awaiting publication regarding the collection and analysis of supposedly Bigfoot DNA. Since then, many outlets have picked up the story, several have used our…

Melba Ketchum announces Bigfoot DNA results. Without the data.

Frame capture from the Patterson Gimlin film, to date, the most discussed piece of Bigfoot evidence.

No, a paper has NOT yet been released with the results but because Igor Burtsev spilled the beans earlier (he was VERY excited) in the press, Dr. Melba Ketchum has issued a press release regarding the results of the DNA study that she led that has been in process for 5 years. Bigfoot News | Bigfoot Lunch…