An East Texas research team claims that a 5 year study of DNA proves the existence of the creature known as Bigfoot. A five-year genome study done by Nacogdoches Doctor Melba Ketchum has sent shock waves through the Bigfoot research phenomenon.
"I was surprised at the results. That was the first time I saw something that gave unusual results, we were able to do phenomenal research up to the point where we now have 3 whole genomes sequenced from 3 different individuals," Ketchum says.
The study has created a buzz in the hunt for bigfoot.
"To have something of a scientific nature that's actually putting a stamp of validation on that makes it an exciting time," says East Texas Bigfoot researcher Mike Hall.
Ketchum says the study based on hair samples confirms the existence of a new species, commonly called Bigfoot or Sasquatch, living in North America.
"The mitochondrial DNA is human in origin , all of the samples we've tested so far have shown that they originated with modern human women," says Ketchum.
But not everyone is convinced.
"There's no reference here as to where the hair samples came from. Really and truly brings it back to the same thing , we don't have a specimen , alive or dead," says Gregg County Ag-Extension Agent Hugh Soape.
A respected researcher, Ketchum's team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
"Doctor Ketchum has 50 plus samples from all over North America, this finally validates all of that field research," Hall says.
"They do have human in them , there is human sequence interspersed in their genome." Ketchum adds.
"Brings you back to the same point that we need something tangible," Soape says.
Doctor Ketchum's research findings are currently under peer review, and she expects to have all research data published in the near future.
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