Sasquatch - Bigfoot

Another Human Hybrid? The Controversy Continues One Year Later

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Last year, we reported on the results of genetic research which revealed that the genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, contains a segment of DNA that seems to have come from another species that is currently unknown to science.  Several recent studies have also revealed that modern humans are a product of hybridization , with remnants of Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes in our DNA. This research leads us to realize that our understanding of the origins of modern humans is much murkier than we ever thought possible. This also begs the question, if we are hybrids already, could there be extant human hybrids currently on earth besides us?

It was a year ago today that a bold and controversial study claiming to have sequenced three whole genomes from the species known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot was published, titled ‘ Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes ’. This study was met with outrage by some scientists, while much of the scientific community ignored it altogether. Some scientists supported it, but most were afraid of what would happen to their careers if they openly supported a study claiming to have proven the existence of the much stigmatized and controversial Sasquatch. Yet upon examination of the paper, it can be seen that it was a huge multidisciplinary effort involving a dozen labs and blind studies, and carried out by nine highly qualified scientists , aimed at quelling controversy about the discovery.

Sasquatch is the name given to a cryptid ape- or hominid-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.  It is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. In many ancient cultures, there are historical accounts, legends, artwork and stories about giants, hairy people, wild people, and other beings fitting the basic description of the Sasquatch. In North America, the Sasquatch are considered to be a tribe by many Native American people. They are known by dozens of names, including Big Foot in America, Almas in Russia, Yeren in China, Yeti in Tibet, Yowie in Australia, and Elder Brother among Native Americans. Virtually every country and culture has a name for them.

At some point, the Sasquatch faded into mythology and reporting one became a reason to ridicule the witness.  Nevertheless, individual reports continue to be submitted to local authorities and research organizations describing this elusive creature in detail. These reports document sightings, encounters and tangible pieces of evidence such as footprints, vocalizations captured on audiotape, photographs, video footage and hair samples.  Some are clearly hoaxes designed to make fun and ridicule the subject, while others are simply left as unexplained.

Bigfoot Sightings

Overview Map of North American Bigfoot Sightings as reported by selected Bigfoot research organization web sites. Image credit .

In the most extensive study ever carried out on the subject, a total of 111 samples were analysed, and standard procedures used in forensic science were implemented, including blank and positive control samples, submitter profiles and laboratory personnel profiles, all of which were utilized in conjunction with the testing of the samples. Laboratories and scientists were not told what they were testing when they were contracted to test the Sasquatch samples. This ensured the integrity of the replication of the findings from test to test to test.

Dr. Melba Ketchum of Nacogdoches, Texas, a veterinarian, forensic scientist, and the lead author of the study, claims that the crux of what has the scientific community is in an uproar about is that the samples had human mitochondrial DNA (maternal lineage), while the nuclear DNA (paternal lineage) was a structural mosaic consisting of both human DNA and novel non-human DNA, which did not match any known species in GenBank.  The paternal lineage suggests a distantly related hominin that evolved separately from humans, apes and other primates but evolved to the point where it could interbred with humans.  A year ago, this might have been difficult for many scientists to believe, but with the recent studies touting that unknown DNA has been found in ancient hominins which bred with humans, one has to wonder if their hypothesis is as far off as some believe.

The five year study costing over half a million dollars employed university laboratories, accredited private laboratories, state government and private forensic laboratories in its quest to test whether the Sasquatch truly existed or not.  The different analyses in the study included genotyping using short tandem repeats (molecular biology method used to compare specific loci on DNA from two or more samples), standard nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequencing, Next Generation whole genome sequencing as well as whole genome SNP arrays, electron microscopy, forensic hair analysis and histopathology (microscopic examination of tissue). The labs responsible for the testing are listed in the paper and all data and test results are publicly available . This was no small study and whether you agree with the findings or not, the best cutting edge technology was utilized to generate the results. Furthermore, ZooBank, the official International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, has recognised the study by publishing the name that the scientists in the study requested for the new species, Homo sapiens cognatus . One translation of cognatus means blood relative.


Zuell's picture

Its real, theres just too many sightings and evidence and historical accounts to say its not


I agree. Anyone that believes the patterson footage is a man in an ape suit obviously hasn't studied the film very well. Its the best evidence we have and proof as far as Im concerned.


Tim Walker

If Noah was perfect in all his ways, I assume his blood line, how do you equate Ham having Neflim DNA or did I misunderstand your statements?

Has any DNA testing, of Giant human like skeletons, allegedly found at North American mound sites such as the Great Smith Mounds in West Virginia been done. If so what do they say about DNA and the human genome?

Lol There has to be pretty much ZERO evidence at this time supporting the belief in giants or nephilim. It's funny how you can find all of those old articles and pictures of bones and all that, but not a single bone is displayed ANYWHERE in the world as far as I know. There is no doubt that evidence is being hidden.Hopefully bones will still be found and somebody will immediately publish the evidence on a huge scale where it cant be covered up.

The primary purpose of the Smithsonian in DC, is hiding everything that doesn't support what the idiot "scientists" believe! That's why you can't find it!

There is another more important purpose: Politic and $$$


Its so sad that all of these 'scientists' who are obviously disbelievers and skeptics, wont take the time to really look at the evidence provided or even do work on their own.It just shows you that you can go college for years and years and still be an idiot.Just because you have that certificate does not mean you're not a moron in some capacity. Thats the same kinda of mentality these idiots have with u.f.o.s and aliens. You could almost put a body or ship in front of these jackasses and they will still not believe you. That's when you just take out a pistol and do the world a favor...

ive wondered for years if sashquash was neadertal.  And why is this idea so hard to perceive! there is alot of area untouched out there.  and long may it stay that way.

excellent work shedding light on the prejudice directed towards all involved in the study.
It's truly sad that all this work is overlooked.

one fact remain solid, with all these reports in US alone, how come it has never been caught alive/dead one of these???? common see the map they are everywhere.

Everyone makes some good points, with all the sighting we have no real hard evidence other than one video that is over 40 years old. We have no bones, no feces, no remains or anything else. Yet these sightings have occured in vast proportions all over the world, and have been happening for hundreds if not thousands of years. Also there are new species discovered throughout the world weekly, if not daily so I believe one day we will expand enough to force these cratures out of the darkness.

I was thinking about the proof that is missing to complete this puzzle. Would it be such a stretch to think that they bury their dead and their waste after defecating? It would keep their location hidden easier for the scent of the scat would be harder for predators to find. They could be rather intelligent, we give dolphins the benefit of extreme intelligence so why not another hominid. I would think seeing humans would be a quick reason to get out of the way. Since the main encounters I would assume came from hunters, if they see a hunter kill a buck would they stick around? I am just pondering out loud basically but the possibilities are there.

Now if I read this correctly, they had Hair from a Squarch?

Some, it seems, see "Science" as a brick fortress of "facts".
However their "Science" can't accommodate any new evidence.
Apparently facts don't rule this "Science". "Scientists" and previously accepted Theories are what rule.
Refer to these authorities when necessary. When this doesn't work, discredit those with new evidence , new theories.
Use ridicule. Isolate them. Tell lies. Use death threats.
What's wrong with this picture of Science?

This in my opinion is the ONLY article I have read on this subject that is "non-bias" and strictly factual without a bunch of ad-hominem attacks. Seriously, I've seen more "supposed" scientists act like babies concerning this subject than at the local kindergarten. They obviously must feel threatened by the results which probably put thousands of hours of labor in classrooms, writing textbooks, doing field research, and basically their entire life into a 2 line footnote that says they were all wrong and thus totally discredited. I don't blame them for fighting for their life but I do blame the writers and media that give them the same credibility without questioning the scientific basis of their assertions of other scientific data. I'm glad that you have set the record straight.

Is it possible to do a comparative study of the Denisovan genome and the Ketchum samples?

Roberto Peron's picture

Pipe bomb?  Ridicule?  Mockery?  One must wonder just what our scholars are so afraid of.  Afterall, those who came before them fell head over heals for Piltdown Man and others which all turned out to be hoaxes!  So what are they afraid of?

I've read and studied Ketchums report and what I find interesting is that it concludes that Bigfoot came from a human mother and unknown hominid father.  But, of course, where is a dead body of one of these creatures?  Perhaps they bury their dead or eat them leaving no traces behind.  Fact is the sightings, footprints, etc are overwhelming and there IS something out there unknown.  Someday we will find it and it will become known and if Ketchum is right then the creature is at least part human and killing one would be murder.  

Finally, a species avoiding man is not as uncommon as you might think.  An example is the Bili Ape which is a giant chimpanzee about the size of a gorilla.  For centuries scientists heard tribal stories about these giant chimps and they passed them off as mere myth and legend.  But, then they were actually discovered and captured on video and suddenly they were very real and that all happened in the last decade!  So, once again "tribal tales" turned out to be absolute FACT.  And the same things is happening with Bigfoot.  There are thousands of "tribal tales" about them and, again, scientists pass them off as mere myth and legend.  We shall see how this all plays out but my money is on REAL proof of Bigfoot coming very soon.


Mr Peron

I agree, I think we will soon see these creatures being accepted even by "science". I have made some comments earlier on Dr Ketchums study and as you have read the study as well as all the others that have read it, you understand that it is very stringent. When the state of fear of ridicule have been left behind, there is a lot of interresting aspects to this study to follow up by the ordinary subdued " scientists" working inside the box.

Tsurugi's picture

Will they really be accepted by science? I am not sure about that, myself. It is too devastating to the dogma of the Church of Evolution, which currently holds sway over the mainstream science establishments.

Roberto Peron's picture

Well the Church of Evolution was upset a bit when it became very apparent that several species of hominids coexisted and when it dawned on them that such coexitence is the NORM and not the exception.  Now if we can just move them into modern times and get them to open their eyes they'd see plainly that this is STILL the NORM!  It is our own arrogance and egotism that blinds us to the facts that we are NOT the only hominid species alive today.  In fact, our arrogance and egotism blind us to a lot of truths and that is most likely the saddest trait of modern humanity.  Someone want to tell me when we grow up, unload our fear,  and move into the 21st century for real????


DeAegean's picture

First the world is flat, mermaids and sasquaches are myths and all planets revolve around the earth including the sun. But then: The Earth is round and revolves around sun, Sasquach exist, are actually intelligent and bury their dead, but mermaids are still not real because they have a crazy amount of unexplored oceanic depths to hide in. We are getting closer to finding nothing and extraterrestrials are mocking us.

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