Chris O’Brien wrote an interesting article in the publication called World Explorer (Summer 2013) on a Bigfoot DNA study. This 5-year study, organized by Dr. Melba Ketchum, examined 40 genetic samples. Ketchum has 27 years of experience in genetic research including forensic study. Her initial research indicated that law enforcement and public officials know the real truth that Bigfoot exists.
The unfortunate thing is that the results of her study were leaked to the public before it was published which was very damaging to the creditability of the study and it was difficult to get an unbiased peer review of her paper.
The conclusion from her DNA studies is that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid of human DNA and an unknown species, maybe a throwback to the now extinct giant Lemur, which weighed 300 to 400 lbs. This hybridization event probably occurred within the last 15000 years.
Another issue Melba faced was that the more mainstream journals were afraid (cowards) to publish her well-researched study. Her study was leaked by a Russian from the International Center of Hominology. Dr. Ketchum, who truly believes in the powerful results of her study, has gone as far as to buy her own publication (DeNovo). Many scientists and journals were quite critical of the study, some even calling it a fake. But Scientific American, an excellent publication, said good work for submitting the manuscript and letting the world know.
I agree with Chris; as researchers, we all can only hope the Ketchum material will some day get properly peer-reviewed and maybe, just maybe, the truth will be allowed get out to the public, and the world will be forever changed.
Sleep Tight – Truth is a powerful agent of change.